Saturday, April 24, 2010

Glee attacks top columnist and news analyst

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to see a speech at my alma mater featuring the great Ann Coulter. While the speech was well-thought, I have respect for the columnist, as might be expected. Unfortunately, Sony Pictures' Glee, which I've criticised for some raunchy songs and questionable material in the past, has gone over the edge with a recent episode.

A recent episode promoted the liberal “equality” and “equal pay for equal work” mentality of modern feminists when men are the ones being punished, as schools have, as Christina Hoff Summers wrote, launched a War Against Boys in school. In the Glee episode in question, the guidance counselor calls Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan as bad role models, but also adds Ann Coulter. Of course, musically, “Brittnee” means Siemon (a mezzo I know well) and Lindsey means Mr. Graham, my Senior Senator often called Grahamnesty by Jason Lewis (who before working in Minnesota had worked at Charlotte's WBT Radio).

It seems the union writers hired by Sony for a teen-oriented programme decided that the Madonna (who has mocked Catholics with “Like a Prayer”, “Papa Don't Preach,” and the highly questionable video “Open Your Heart”, and was called to the Oval Office after the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards incident with Miss Spears and Miss Aguilera) themed show should mock one of my favourite commentators, and one I've met. When you've met Olympic gold medalists (Retton-Kelley), a President of the United States (GW Bush), have run with a famous South African Olympian (Budd Piertse), World Series champions (Winningham and Sharperson), talk radio hosts (Hannity), and newspaper columnists (Coulter), the troubling path of Glee in bashing a solid columnist such as Miss Coulter is offending.

The author with Ann Coulter after her speech, April 1, 2004

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