Take the Glee Project. I could take it or leave it, though I do enjoy watching the performances. I’m not really that attached to any of the people that much, and I definitely think they should have cast the net out a bit further for actual outcasts, perhaps even people slightly older who could handle these roles with a bit more maturity. All of that aside, I am really tired of seeing Cameron, a completely non-geeky, non-Glee white guy get strings pulled for him every single week.
He should have been sent home his first week on the bottom. But what did he get? Not one, but TWO chances to perform—something none of the other contenders had. (That week, Emily was sent home, by the way—which was a complete slap in the face, seeing as she truly demonstrated her vulnerability when Cameron did not do much, other than blink around at the people surrounding him.) And while the head honcho was set on sending him home, the two other judges went to bat for him—and they’ve kept doing so ever since.
Cameron keeps ending up on the bottom, yet other people are going home instead. Why is this? Emily, a Latina girl with a ton of personality, and McKinleigh, a mixed race girl with a distinctive voice and country act, both had much more to bring to Glee than Cameron—yet they lost to him. I don’t even like country music, but I’d still vote for either of those girls to stay rather than bland Cameron.
I don’t buy his gawkiness. I really don’t. And if that’s all he’s got to bring to the stage, then why keep him on board? He claims he was called “too perfect” by the judge when that wasn’t what was said at all. And remember when he told Hannah he thought she wouldn’t be called back? Many of the contestants seem to have some real attitude problems and egos bigger than any I’ve seen in teens, even when teaching, and I think they’re going to have to leave them at the door if they really want to win this.
This past week, he was kissed, and he cried and called his mom; actors don’t do that. When the judges discussed this in terms of his Christianity, they deemed it cute; anyone else would have been cut for not being able to be in character, as they will be required to do on the show.
I get why he’s got fans; he’s cute and he can sing. But so could every other person who auditioned for the project. Honestly, I don’t see what Damian has to bring to the show, either—he doesn’t really embody an outcast, either. We want more geeks on the show; there are enough pretty boys and cheerleaders. How about another fat person? Another gay person? And definitely more people of color!
If Cameron wins this competition, I know how I’m going to feel—the same way I did when the Cheerios pretty much took over the Glee Club. Betrayed.