Many might disagree, but Cory Monteith is deserving of the tribute at the recent Emmy Awards and on the Glee memorial episode that will air next month. And the following is why…
There was a lot of uproar regarding Cory’s tribute at the Emmy’s with people protesting that he is undeserving of such a spotlight. But let’s take a look at what Cory really did for millions of Glee’s young fans.
Cory’s character on Glee named “Finn Hudson” was the star football quarterback of the show’s fictional McKinley High School. In the first season, when glee coach “Mr. Shue” (played by Matthew Morrison) approached Finn about joining the glee club, Finn did what any normal popular kid would do and declined to be a part of the seemingly “gleeky” school club.
But as the season progressed, you see the change in Finn as he discovers his love for music when he finally agrees to join the glee club. His life is changed as he tries to battle football vs. glee club or popularity vs. having slushees being thrown on your face on a regular basis.
The audience sees that Finn becomes a more kind, mature, and inspirational character. What Finn Hudson a.k.a. Cory Monteith did for many young viewers across the world is he along with the rest of the cast and production of Glee showed that it is OK to be different…it is OK to be an outcast…it is OK to be yourself.
With so much bullying and teasing that goes on in high schools across America and many parts of the world, Glee is not only an entertaining show full of drama, comedy, and music; but it is the voice of this generation crying out for acceptance and love.
According to the Bullying Statistics website, it is quite alarming that “Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people…about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it…Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University.”
Cory’s character was vital to the show because he represented the “cool” and popular kids who could sometimes be the bullies in real life. His character Finn struggles with what other people will think of him until he comes to the conclusion that everyone is the same. The glee club taught him more about people and life than walking around campus and putting others down ever did.
And lastly, he taught one last lesson with his death. Cory died of a tragic overdose in a hotel room in Vancouver last July 13. With this, he inadvertently shone light on the issue that doing drugs is also not OK. That getting in to it at a young age could very well haunt you into adulthood and unfortunately cut your life short.
We have a lot to learn from Cory and his character Finn. Any tribute to him will remind the younger generation what he helped teach during his short-lived life. Whatever people choose to do for his memory should be embraced and rejoiced instead of being made a silly controversy.
Watch out for the upcoming Glee memorial episode for Cory called The Quarterback in early October 2013 on the fifth season of Glee. According to E! Online, “…the script is so amazing that viewers will cry ‘from beginning to end.’”
Check out the heartfelt tribute to Cory Monteith at the Emmy’s on the video below. Co-star Jane Lynch sincerely says that “Cory was a beautiful soul…we remember Cory for all he was and mourn the loss for all he could have been.”
Written by: Chelo Aestrid