I’ll admit I am a Glee fan. Not only do I love the music and the dancing and the friendships, but I think that they also do a good job exploring real-life problems – important issues that many high school students might identify as their own. For example, themes such as sexuality, self-esteem, popularity, and substance use are explored within the show.
Well before Corey Monteith [who played ‘Finn Hudson’] died after issues with substance use, Glee produced an episode called “Blame it on the Alcohol”. This episode touched on alcohol in a realistic way, with authority figures doing what they typically do… and teens doing what they typically do… and then showing some of the consequences of drinking, underage or otherwise.
Setting the scene: it is alcohol-awareness week at McKinley High and the New Directions (the Glee Club) are performing at the awareness assembly…..and let’s just say that the performers didn’t listen to the ‘no alcohol’ rule. What follows is an embarrassing moment, with some rather disgusting consequences (not for those with weak stomachs, if you happen to watch the above video).
Perhaps this episode instigated a few conversations between parents and teens, which is one part of what we at Public Health would encourage…and this is without mentioning the worrisome themes of the actual song that the glee club performed….that’s another blog entirely!