Throughout all the episodes that have been on this show, I don’t think there’s ever been one quite like this. And yes, they went there, folks.
The Fox musical dramedy Glee is usually known for its lighthearted, break out song nature with the occasional social issue arising for discussion, but this one by far takes the cake. Last Thursday, the episode entitled “Shooting Star” tackled the sensitive subject of gun violence, moreso, centered on school-related incidents. This comes less than three months after 20 adults and six children were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The show began with a warning, “Viewer discretion is advised.”
The emotional episode saw two shots fired at McKinley High School as the glee club practiced inside the choir room. Teacher Will Schuester, played by Matthew Morrison and Coach Beiste, Dot Jones, quickly instructed the students to hide in the room. “Start texting, tweeting, let everyone know what’s going on, but don’t tell them we’re here. Alright?” Scheuster told his class. “Shooters have smart moves, too.”
The teens tearfully texted and video messaged their families and loved ones, and worried about Brittany, played by Heather Morris, who was hiding from the suspected shooter in the bathroom. Schuester eventually retrieved Brittany, bringing her back to relative safety.
After a SWAT team gave the all-clear sign and began investigating the shooting, the class gathered for a group hug, but was still very shaken.
At the end of the episode, it was revealed that Becky Jackson, played by Lauren Potter, a student with Down syndrome, fired the gun by accident. “I was scared, coach, about graduating, being out in the world. With no one to protect me,” she told cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester as she showed her father’s revolver.. “I wanted to be prepared and protect myself. I need help.” After Coach Sylvester convinced Becky to hand the gun over, it accidentally went off, firing twice at the floor.
However, instead of turning Becky in, Sue turned herself into the principal, claiming that the firearm was hers, and that it accidentally went off. Immediately, Principal Figgins fired her.
While this was a very touchy subject, I feel like it needed to be done. Of course Glee, or Hollywood in general, for that matter, could never replicate the true issue of gun violence in schools, but I feel like bringing it up instead of acting like such a problem doesn’t exist is commendable.
And for that, the show gets the jewels of courage. I know they may get some backlash, but for the sake of realism, I feel it had to be done. Very powerful episode, I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t already.
Some people would probably say this is a “nice gesture” but no, I disagree Joe Jonas. In my opinion, you took the easy way out. Minimal.
Shaina Kholi, a senior at Pepperdine University, made a video asking the guy who used to be famous with “that boy band once who’s long forgotten after One Direction” to be her date for the sorority formal dance last Saturday. She even integrated the “Harlem Shake” meme and working social media with the hash tag “#justgowithher.”
But surprise, surprise. Jonas turned her down, citing that he was “busy.” He did give her a counteroffer, something I like to call the ultimate celebrity cop out, concert tickets to the opening night of his July 10 concert instead. Of course to which she replied, “I would love to.”
Look, I understand sometimes artists and celebs are actually busy. But let’s ask ourselves, what has J.J. done remotely close to relevancy since the Jonas Brothers breakup back in who knows when? I just get so irritated when these “famous” figures do this because showing up to a concert/event is part of their job. They have to do it. Whereas, this is the girl’s senior dance. Just show up for about 20 minutes, at least give the gal one formal dance at the event. I definitely think his ticket counter offer was the easy way out.
I wish I would invite Ashlee Simpson to my senior dance, and she turned it down. I could understand Jessica declining the invitation due to her hectic schedule. But Ashlee? No way, you’ve got time Joe. Care to spare less than the time it takes you to write the first line of a song? For her sake, I hope this girl picks bigger and better celebrity crushes going forward.
For that sir, you get the Mace Spray right in the kisser. It only burns a little. I would give you the whole can but I’m kind of busy. Come to my concert instead.
By. Brian JerrySenior Writer