Glee’s Cory Montieth Tribute — A Moving Masterpiece

I stopped watching Glee a few seasons back. That’s not because the show lost its quality, I just simply grew out of it. But when Ryan Murphy announced a tribute episode devoted to Cory Montieth’s passing, I had to tune in. Though I didn’t know him personally, I felt connected to his story. I watch the Glee pilot, and I remember following Montieth’s career as he went from anonymity to fame with his humility intact.

The task of addressing a character’s death when they have also passed-on in real life seemed insurmountable. How can you address real-life events without exploiting them? How can you pull at the heart-strings of the audience without seeming like a vulture who has capitalized on someone else’s tragedy? Somehow — Ryan Murphy found a way. The episode was beautiful. There was no talk of how Finn Hudson died, which was a smart move. This was meant to be a celebration of life, and a moment to grieve, not a discussion of death. And in a move I never thought possible, there were moments of humor sprinkled throughout. Every song was more moving than the next, but Lea Michele quite obviously moved me the most. She was heartbroken and beautiful, singing, ‘Make You Feel My Love.’ As for the critics who have complained that Murphy dodged the opportunity to address the perils of drug use, this wasn’t the time. There might be a time, but this wasn’t it. I want to remember Cory for how he lived, and the art he produced during his short time on earth. Not how he died. Watch Lea Michele’s performance below.

Lea Michele‘s Tribute to Cory Montieth — Teen Choice Awards

This one made me cry. While accepting her Teen Choice Award for ‘Glee,’ Lea Michele spoke publicly for the first time since her late love’s passing, dedicating her award to Cory Montieth, and thanking her fans for their support. Watch her tearful tribute below.

Dear Celebrities, Stop Asking Us To Focus on “More Important” Things

In response to the outrage over the Glee GQ cover, bad-boy Mark Salling said he thinks it’s “not a big deal,” because “people are starving,” and “there’s more important things to worry about in the world.”  Can celebrities stop making this argument when trying to circumvent tabloid criticism? I’m fully capable of focusing on world peace and a slutty GQ cover at the same time.  Isn’t it funny  how much information my pea-sized-brain can actually handle? How about I focus on those things and stop watching Glee altogether (since that other stuff is so much more important)?  The cover was gross and unnecessary.  Accept responsibility and move on.

My Favorite Song From Tonight’s ‘Glee’ – Jesse’s Girl

It’s hard to pick which performance I liked best from tonight’s episode.  They were all incredible.  Since I must select one though (due to my self-imposed blog instructions), I have to say that Cory Monteith won the night with his rendition of Rick Springfield’s ‘Jesse’s Girl.’  Listen below.