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Death By CultureGlee Neuters Dr. Frank N. Furter
POSTED BY VINNIE BLESI, February 9, 2011    Share


I had never seen the popular hit, and award winning Fox show, "Glee", until I accidentally watched a rerun of their "Rocky Horror Picture Show" episode. The original movie was an important part of my young life, i.e. what is now called the advertising demographic 18-24. There is no way for anyone now to experience the midnight showings in the early 1980's when the audience participated in the showing of the movie, from throwing rice to covering their heads with newspaper. Of course the vocal responses of the audience to the dialog was just cool. It was spontaneous performance art, and the audience was the performance art.

The Glee club wants to produce their production of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". Of course a lot of melodrama and controversy erupts over the production. I have questions. Why is the main character of Dr. Frank N. Furter replaced by an African American woman? Immediately the show sidesteps one of the main concepts of the original of a "sweet transvestite from Transylvania ", neutering the dear Dr, and avoiding dealing with the issue of transgendered youth.

After a lot of over the top melodrama between all the meaningless characters, including award winning Jane Lynch, a self proclaimed lesbian, whose character tries to sabotage the production, the production gets canceled. Talk about selling out, shame on you Jane Lynch.

The only part of the wasted hour I spent of my life watching this shite that I enjoyed was my fav B Movie actress , Jayma Mays, doing "Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me".

Watching this trite was like slowing down for a train wreck. Not only was it the lowest common denominator for TV viewing, but it totally did not understand the sexual concepts that were presented in the original, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". Rupert Murdoch and Fox Networks have hit upon the perfect formula to wrangle in the mainstream American sheep TV viewer. Bad melodrama and singing.



"Death By Culture" is ©2011 by Vinnie Blesi. All contents of Nolan's Pop Culture Review are ©2011 by Nolan B. Canova.

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