16 Nov
Eek! It’s a Gleek!

Dear Mouthy Housewives,

I have a 41-year-old friend who is completely obsessed with the TV show Glee. She downloads the songs and listens to them all day, and she constantly talks about the characters. It’s really, really irritating. Should I just let her continue or say something?


Am I Out of Tune?


Dear Am I Out of Tune,

First of all, let me make it clear that it’s very normal to be obsessed with a show like Glee.

If you’re 16 and in a group home for wayward girls.

However, if you’re a 41-year-old woman, this type of fanaticism raises a few questions. Questions like, is your friend:

1. Not getting any fulfillment in her real life?

2. Living out her high school fantasies?

3. Not at all aware that Finn and Rachel totally slaughtered Don’t Stop Believin’ and are never going to make it as a couple unless she stops being so self-centered, that Amber’s background gospel wails are majorly annoying, that Sue Sylvester should have way more screen time than Schuster and that if this group of yokels ever dares massacre another Stones song I’m going to blow up my local Fox station with a crockpot full of napalm?

(I mean if I actually even had time to watch Glee, what with all of my high-level business thingys I do with my, um, Masters degree from…that place with the books…by the park.)

Anyway, while it’s hard to know what her particular motivation is, at least her annoying preoccupation is relatively harmless and will soon pass. Just be happy that she’s not into something truly awful instead—like weed, alcohol or sleeping with your husband while you’re at the Macy’s One-Day Sale.

Because I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t make anyone very gleeful, would it?


Wendi, TMH

12 Responses to “Eek! It’s a Gleek!”


Comment by Bean.

Huh. Not so sure why a Glee obsession is so different than when everyone in my office was talking about Lost, 24, Survivor, Amazing Race, or any other wildly popular show (especially the first few seasons). Except that you don’t like Glee.

Patience. Everyone’s a little strange (though some more than others). And figure out how to change the subject when she’s full of glee.


Comment by hokgardner.

Wendi – I thought my little Glee obsession was our little secret.


Comment by thepsychobabble.

If the choice is Glee or weed, well, Glee wouldn’t win…not the second season, anyway.


Comment by Diane.

I’m sure it’s just a phase like nose picking, nail biting, or saying the word ‘frickin’ in front of every noun. It will pass eventually. I would consider it a form of diversity – a nice change from the tennis-skirt-wearing-wine-swilling-jewelery-selling-mom we have in MY hood. A little color never hurt anyone. Unless it were me singing Glee songs, that is. My children would divorce me tout suite.

JubanMama Reply:

You say “wine-swilling” like that’s a bad thing.


Comment by HellTygr.

Ya, let it pass. I’ll take a genuine obsession over an entertainment show over a friend with a “reality” obsession. Idol? DWTS? I have friends that just don’t get why, when they fill me in on what happened last week, I didn’t immediately tune in last night to see how it turned out. So, of course, they have to fill me in again. I try to stay polite, but seriously, NO INTEREST. At least shows like Glee aren’t trying to be something they’re not.


Comment by Plano Mom.

@HellTygr: I agree! Why would anyone consider pre-recorded life interesting? Why not participate in the real thing?

Why not develop your own obsession for something equally snarky. So when your friend cranks up this weeks playlist, you can counteract with your own long-playing version of Hendrix does The Sound Of Music.

Lisa Reply:

“Why would anyone consider pre-recorded life interesting? Why not participate in the real thing?”

Spare me, puhleeze.


Comment by JubanMama.

I honestly don’t see what the biggie is. We all have our little things that we obsess over. At my last job I was – seriously- the O-N-L-Y person in an entire office of over 50 people who did not watch American Idol. So when talk turned that way, as it always did, I just tuned them out and imagined myself getting a should rub from Derek Jeter.


Comment by BillC.

I was fine with my wife’s and daughter’s shared Gleekdom as long as we were dealing with the overblown 80s pop-rock that I dismissed back in the day. But aging Stones (yes, they were aging 30 years ago) music butchered is a different matter altogether.


Comment by Nancy Davis Kho.

I am so pissed that my friend wrote to you about me.

Let me break it down: at the end of every hour of Glee, I have at least six new Sue Sylvester insults to bust on someone, like “I can’t concentrate on what you’re saying because you have so much margarine in your hair.” Never know when something like that will come in handy.

And – in complete seriousness – it’s the only show on TV that treats an out gay teen with respect – even gives him a supportive father. I like that.

But mostly, I like when they make the songs I sing under my breath, for fear of discovery (anything by Journey or Bon Jovi) suddenly cool to my kids, so I can start belting them out with abandon.

Momof4Luds Reply:

And, it has two regular characters with Down’s Syndrome. How many other shows can say that?

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