Posted by: vftmom247 | 2012/08/03

Can Glee, Katy Perry, and God co-exist in my life?

Sometimes life is just a downright puzzlement. I find myself getting caught a lot between what I love to watch or listen to, and my Catholic beliefs. Sometimes, it is a easy one to solve, sometimes not. Probably an example would work out better, so….

I used to absolutely looove Glee, the TV musical show. The music was good and comparatively clean, the characters were….yeah, well…it is set in a high school. The first season, there was an unplanned pregnancy resulting in adoption, a guy coming out of the closet, premarital sex, etc. By teen television standards, not that much. The Catholic Church begs to differ. Even my wonderful Friday Night Lights b(FNL) is not totally free of this, and it’s got one of the very few portrayals of a happy, long-lasting, respectful marriage. AND Coach and Mrs. Taylor both think the other is totally sexy,even after a 20 year-plus marriage! What an inspiration!

The music for both shows is good too..just not especially Catholic. Sometimes not Catholic at all. Popular music is no different! Katy Perry makes no mention of a wedding ring in “Teenage Dream”, but a motel room with a double bed is. I love me some Matt Maher, but just below him is Matt Nathanson and “Run” about what may be an extramarital affair. Both have a great beat and good lyrics. One can and does lead me closer to Christ. One doesn’t lead me towards Christ, but I don’t think he’s leading me to sin. Music tends to be just ear candy for me though, and rarely fails my appropriateness litmus (see below). When it does, the song is gone.

I have not watched Glee for about a year and a half.  Part of the reason, to tell the truth, is because it was obvious my favorite couple was not going to get together, but the great part, in all honesty, was  because I began to feel uncomfortable with the show’s direction and what was being presented.  Too much treating sex nonchalantly, same-sex relationships all over the place, mean-spiritedness.  My favorite litmus test on appropriateness comes from my husband; does this artist, movie, show, book, etc. make you feel like you just might have to go to Confession? 

The bottom line is that Glee does tend to make me think I need to discuss things with a priest, so it”s no longer on my to-watch list. Neither are a few more former favorites. I took a hard look at Nora Roberts, J.D. Robb, and some other authors and realized premarital sex is almost a given and at that the sacredness of marriage just isn’t there That’s not the kind of book I want lying around for my daughter to see or read at her age, even accidentally. Not the kind of book I need in my life

So, how does what you watch affect you? How do you reconcile the authors and artists you love with your beliefs as a Catholic and as a Christian?

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