Glee Project: Season 2

Glee Project: Season 2

Where are the fat kids?

During Season One of The Glee Project, I watched because I was mildly interested. I really enjoyed some episodes while some just pissed me off, and I wasn’t really a fan of anyone until the show had been going on for several weeks. I ended up being super pissed off at Ryan Murphy, who once claimed that it didn’t matter if you were the most talented, and then voted off the only fat contestant because—in his own words—she wasn’t the best singer. Really, Ryan? I’m sick of the whole underdog theme ignoring fat kids, who are, and have always been, this nation’s prime underdog.

This season is already shaping up to be much better. For starters, there’s a plethora of diversity—from youth with disabilities to even one cast member who is transgender. It’s very interesting and fun, and you don’t see as much of the “I’m the best” trash talking going around as you did last season. I think this could be attributed to the fact that most of these hopefuls are in their early twenties, while last season most were in their late teens.

I love almost every cast member, and the one I didn’t like much has already been voted off (the only reason he was there was because he could sing country music; again, really? How is that an underdog? That’s all the kids at my high school sang, period!). That said, there’s only one girl on the show who is fat—and she’s not even as fat as Hannah from last season, who I grew to love. Degrees of fatness are not important here, of course; the point is that now that Lauren Zizes (Ashely Fink) is no longer on Glee, the only plus-size character we have is Mercedes Jones, and that’s just ridiculous. More than half of the people in this country are overweight, and in a town in the Midwest, you sure as hell need more overweight cast members! You also need teens with zits and bad hair and braces, by the way. How the hell can you say you’re portraying underdogs when everyone is so damn pretty (and rich, which also bothers me) all the time?

These characters need to have part-time jobs to include in their struggles like so many other Midwestern kids; their parents don’t have money! That is a HUGE obstacle to “following your dreams” for most of us, which the show completely ignores. And we need more fat characters, period. Many of the people selected as finalists were so pretty and not an underdog, as far as I could tell—just as there were several in this same boat last season, including a couple of the winners!—and as much fun as it is to watch the musical performances, I have pretty much given up hoping that Glee could actually represent what it claims to stand for.