How Social Media Saved the World

It cannot be understated that we are living through a history-making difficult time. Hundreds of thousands of people are falling victim to a global pandemic and everyone is else either staying home or acting brazenly stupid. It shouldn't be surprising, though, that one of the upshots of all of this is that there has been a rise in meme-making.

First defined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 as a cultural idea that takes on a life of its own and is passed down through generations much the same way that genes are, the word "meme" has itself taken on a life of its own to define pictures made and passed around on the Internet that often lampoon various aspects of life. I don't think I've seen any new memes in the past few days that weren't about the COVID-19 epidemic. But this isn't the first time a global catastrophe has been made fun of in what could be described as a "childish" fashion. In fact, one of the memes I've seen compared the uptick in Cor…

Gleecap: Glee gives "Rumors" a spin

[Hey, everyone, this is Steve. Just wanted to introduce my good friend and uberGleek, Jennifer Neal. I'm pretty sure she'll be providing regular "Gleecaps" for The Green Asterisk, so if you're a fan, keep reading! This'll probably inspire me to even out the content with some... other material, too. So, without further ado, here's Jennifer:]

Fleetwood Mac is either one of those bands that you love or you hate. I don't really hate anything but I can't say I'm that big of a fan of Fleetwood Mac.  Sure, they have some classic songs that just about everybody knows but as far as the band having any kind if iconic impact on me, we'll just say they aren't my cup of tea.

Once again, however, Glee delivers versions to famous songs that we just can't help but sing along to now because they remind us of which scene or episode it came from or how it really affected us or our beloved characters in the show.  (When Sam started singing "Baby" in a previous episode I caught Bieber Fever for about a day...only Glee can do that, seriously.)

Last night's episode began with our favorite not-so-bright Cheerio, Brittany, debuting an internet gossip show alongside Mercedes and Tina.  (And also, a rather large cat named Lord Tubbington.)  When Brittany first spilled about Santana "batting for the other team" I wanted to choke her.  How could she do something like that?  Everything in me wanted to scream "How stupid are you?" but I realized quickly that anytime my beloved Brittany has hurt anyone's feelings in the show, she never has done it with malicious intent.  She was either put up to it by someone or just didn't understand how her actions would be hurtful.

This was of course the case in this situation as once again we discovered that Coach Sue Sylvester along with Will's ex-wife Terry is behind all of the rumors suddenly flying around McKinley High.  Her and her evil force of minions have brought back the school newspaper, Muckraker, and in the "spirit of yellow journalism" sends students around school to interview and look for any dirt on Glee club that she can get her hands on.

Being the genius that Will Schuester is, he and along with his old high school friend, April Rhodes, (played by Kristin Chenoweth) create the Glee assigment for the week and that is to perform a song from the Fleetwood Mac Rumors album explaining that this album saved the band when they were on the verge of breaking up.  He sees what's going on in the club with all of the rumors floating aorund and this is his way of bringing his club back together.

He and Miss Rhodes perform a dazzling duet of "Dreams" setting the musical theme of the episode.  It's always a joy when Kristin guest stars and this scene proved that once again.

In the world of Finchel, Rachel wants to sing a duet with Finn for Nationals because she feels they're voices fit the best and that's the key to New Directions winning.  She of course wants Finn back as well but in whatever type of move she's plotting she asks Sam to prom.

The next issue of Muckraker comes out and addresses Santana's sexuality and rumors that Will may be leaving Glee club to go on Broadway with April.  Santana confonronts Brittany and Artie overhears.  He tries to explain to her that what she's been doing with Santana is cheating aside from what Santana has been telling her.  He tells her that Santana is manipulating her and then *gasp!* calls her stupid.

Because Artie has always been the person who's never called her that she gets upset and they break up.

Artie, being accompanied by Puck, Finn and Sam on acoustic guitars sings "Never Going Back Again" signifying the end of his and Brittany's relationship.

While he sings you can see Brittany in the background being comforted by Santana.

The newspaper also mentions rumors about Sam and Quinn so Rachel and Finn decide to go on a stakeout.  They spy on Sam outside of a hotel room and see Kurt come out and give Sam a hug.

"How could Kurt do this to Blaine?"  Finn exclaims causing the Klaine fandom to probably have a heart attack.

The Glee club starts to question the rumors about Sam and Kurt due to Rachel and Finn's information. The next song featured in the show is "Songbird" sung by Santana to Brittany to cheer her up.  I feel this song really showcases Santana (Naya Rivera's) singing ability.  Gleeks are so used to hearing Rachel solos that it's a nice change to see other members get some time in the spotlight.  This song was perfect for Santana and for the situation going on with Brittany.

Brittany wonders why Santana can't sing that to her in front of everyone and why she is so afraid of what everyone will think.  She suggests that Santana come onto her show and she will tell her how she feels about her and ask her to prom and all she has to do is say yes.  A tearful Santana nods in agreement.

The next day Sam is seen wearing one of Kurt's old jackets and Rachel confronts Kurt about it.  He blows her off and reminds her how terrible of a person she is in his subtle way and none of her comments seem to bother him.  Even when the whole Glee Club questions he still remains silent.

Finn and Rachel again stakeout the same hotel room that Sam was seen with Kurt and Finn starts to complain to her about Quinn and even compares her to her making Rachel smile with a glimmer of hope in her eye.  Suddenly, Quinn retreats from the hotel room with Sam and they are seen hugging.

And then we see Brittany asking Will some rather personal and "gossipy" questions and finally gets out of her that Sue is behind all of this.

The rumors are now flying about Rachel and Finn being seen together and when Quinn confronts Finn they argue about it and then sing  "I Don't Want to Know".  Quinn then gives Finn an ultimatum in front of the whole Glee club saying that if he wants to stay with her he will never sing with Rachel again.

The next scene involves a practice for a scene from April's musical "April Rhodes:  The Musical" with April and Will.  Emma watches and notices right away how happy Will is and overhears a conversation between Will and April about how he should go on Broadway with her.  His heart tells him he loves the kids too much and he explains that to her.

Brittany then hosts another Fondue for Two episode in which she informs us that Santana sent a text message saying "I can't." Brittany instead decides to interview Lord Tubbington.

In the teachers' lounge, Will sees that Emma is eating fruit without gloves and without washing each individul one and she tells him about her OCD meds and how she feels he should go live his dream of being on Broadway.  She thanks him for helping her realize so much about herself and wants to help him live his dream too by encouraging.  The torn Mr. Schue breaks all of our hearts by shedding tears and says that he can't leave the kids or her.

Back in Glee club, Rachel puts a feminine spin on "Go Your Own Way" accompanied by Finn on drums and guitar by Puckerman.  (I must just state here how I love how Glee shows us that the characters are not only great singers and actors but have other musical and dancing abilities as well.)  There is no question that their isn't something to all of the looks between Finn and Rachel during the song and the look of hurt on Quinn's during the performance.

The looks on Brittany, Santana and Artie's faces show us a little bit more about their situation here as well.

Suddenly, everyone is against Sam.  Everyone wants to know the truth to all of the rumors surrounding him, Quinn and Kurt.

"Yeah, come on , man! They both have boyfriends!" Puck yells angrily. (My favorite quote of the episode!)

Finally, Sam breaks down and informs the Glee club that he and his family are living in a hotel room because his father lost his job.  They had to sell a lot of things which explains why Kurt needed clothes.  He also has to spend time watching his younger brother and sister so Quinn was helping him with that.

And then we see Terry, April and Sue in Sue's office talking about how they should get together and convince Will to leave for Broadway so that he's out of the school and out of Sue's hair.

Later on, an apologetic Rachel and Finn go to visit Sam at his hotel room.  We meet his adorable younger brother and sister here as well.  Finn gives Sam some of his clothes and Rachel gives him his acoustic guitar back.  He sold it but the entire Glee club got together to buy it back for him.  In yet ANOTHER heartbreaking moment, Sam cries and thanks his friends.

The next scene is at school and Santana is being interviewed by Jacob about how she was caught in a cemetery with Karofsky.  She responds with "no comment" and then when he questions about her "playing for another team" she tells him that her and Dave Karofsky are happily dating and plan to run for prom king and queen.  A hurt Brittany is seen in the background as it is apparent that Santana is making sure that Brittany is hearing what she's saying.

Will tells New Directions that he's staying and Sam returns with his younger siblings in tow and the whole cast sings "Don't Stop" as the closing musical number.

Once again, Glee tackles an issue that not only high school students but everyone has to deal with at some point in their life.  Assumptions and rumors spread about people can sometimes cause people to be put in some harmful situations as stories get twisted and people put their own opinions into them.  Secrets are secrets for a reason because as the show has shown information (false or otherwise) can spread like wildfire.

Since my favorite ship at the moment is Brittany and Santana I must put my feelings on tonight's episode out there.  I am starting to feel that Brittany isn't as confused about all of this as she leads on.  I think that her reason for not just breaking up with Artie on the spot and going with Santana when Santana first revealed her feelings is because she truly did feel for Artie and even told Santan that if she were to ever be single and be lucky enough she would totally be with her.

Now I can understand why Santana would be upset by this but she is going to have to accept the fact that she has done a lot of manipulating when it comes to Brittany's mind.  Artie's right in the sense that Brittany did cheat on him no matter what Santana says.

But what's Santana up to now?  Did this episode show her how people already acted when rumors were thrown at them and how even her closest friends could turn against her if they knew the truth?  Or is she really just back to the old Santana ways where she only cares about herself and her popularity at the school?

It always makes me sad when there's so much turmoil in New Directions because they have all had so many times where they just have come together (usually through musical numbers) and held each other up at their lowest moments only to have all that disappear when some drama goes down.  But I always have to remember that this is a show about high school and that this is just how high school is.  And often times it's how LIFE is, sadly.

So what's up next for New Directions?  The teaser for next week shows us that it is Prom time for McKinley high and showed a glimpse of Blaine much to the delight of everyone.  What's the next step for the Finn, Rachel and Quinn love triangle?  Who will be crowned prom king and queen?  And is Brittana over forever?

-------------Spoilers and Rumors---------------

Glee song list has been revealed for the "Prom Queen" Episode!

  • Friday (yes that obnoxious Rebecca Black monstrosity!) - Puck, Artie and Sam

  • Dancing Queen by ABBA - Mercedes and Santana

  • Rolling in the Deep by Adele - Jesse (Yes, he's back!) and Rachel

  • Isn't She Lovely by Stevie Wonder (TBA)

  • My Man by Barbra Streisand (TBA; guesses include Rachel or Kurt)

  • I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance  by Black Kids (Blaine)

  • Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri - (TBA; guesses include Artie, Rachel and I even think possibly Brittany and I think that would be great to show off her singing and this song just fits the Brittana situation perfectly)

What do you think?

Huge Spoiler alert:  A couple of weeks ago, Twitter and Tumblr were buzzing with rumors that an extra on the Glee set by the name of Nicole Crowther leaked a serious plotline involving who will be Prom King and Queen.

She didn't use full names but used acronyms and fans gathered from her tweets and the backlash by series co-creator Brad Falchuk that the rumors were true.

Kurt as prom queen...and Karofsky as prom king?

There were also rumors floating around that these scenes would be re-shot due to the leak but who knows if that's going to happen or if it happened or if this rumor was even true.

Hey, maybe it was a rumor concocted by the creators themselves just to prove a point with this whole Rumors episode?  Teach us all a little life lesson, maybe?  *shrugs*
Also, Glee will be losing one of their own very soon.  :(  An upcoming episode entitled "Funeral" is rumored to feature the death of a well known cast member.

Guesses are ranging from Burt to Blaine to Artie to Coach Biest to one knows any truth to them yet though.  Guess we'll just have to wait and see and *hope* it's no one we love too much.


  1. Nice job! I skipped the end part spoiling the prom episode, but otherwise, a fine review. :)


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