For the most part I really enjoy watching that show Glee. Of course the music is very well done, the characters are all likable or funny and often both, and aside from the terrible job they did with their one aspie character, overall the core values of the show are proudly liberal and inclusive. Furthermore, my own high school actually had a full-time performing arts program in which I participated extensively — FYI, although it’s no cure for autism, I think theater training is an excellent way to learn and practice social skills, if you can reinterpret your stage fright as excitement — and so I strongly identify with the overall show choir theme of the show.
All of that’s true, but I actually felt quite anxious while watching the above Thanksgiving party scene where Sarah Jessica Parker and Lea Michele lead a flamboyantly joyous mini-mob in a mash-up of the Scissor Sisters’ “Let’s Have A Kiki and an old (1968) Broadway number called Turkey Lurkey Time” by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Yes, yes, I know that music and dancing are great, blah, blah, and I’m not sure how to explain it exactly, but for me there’s just something worrisome about a large, cohesive group of people having a good time together.