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Glee’s episode “Shooting Star” stirs up controversy

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Glee decided to dedicate an episode to the Sandy Hook Elementary, re-enacting the shooting, just four short months after 26 kids and teachers were gunned down. The episode titled “Shooting Star”  forever changed the students at McKinley High as gunshots rang down the halls.

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During choir practice, a gunshot was fired. The choir teacher, played by Matthew Morrisey, gathered all the students in the choir room where he asked them to tweet and text their loved ones. Lots of ‘I Love You’s’ were exchanged. The episode showed how different students dealt with the situation of a potential shooter in the school.

The cheerleading coach, Sue, played by Jane Lynch eventually turned herself in claiming she had the gun for safety and it was registered. She than revealed that the gun belonged to a student, with down syndrome who brought the gun to stop the bullies. As Sylvester tried to stop her and take the gun, she fired two gun shots.

I know this is a very brief summary of last nights episode, but it has caused much uproar. The episode was like any other before and with such a sensitive topic, it caused much controversy. Fans took to twitter to state their opinoins. While some people thought the episode was very educating and done tastefully. Others say that a situation like that is not of entertainment value and that the show crossed the line. I can understand why people were a little upset though. Glee doesn’t do serious very well, amongst its jokey atmosphere and singing musical acts. It also addressed the gun issues raised in our state.

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The director exclaimed that he was very excited for the episode and that it was one of the most powerful and emotional episodes. It comes at a very interesting time with all the government gun talk. The episode targeted that a little bit when Sylvester’s character talked about how their trying to ban guns, when in reality time are changing and no one feel safe anymore. It also caused a little tension because Sylvester was fired even though she lied to protect a student. The student also stated she was dealing with a serious issue, bullying.

What I believe Glee failed to do, was give a expand on the reason for the student and the fake shooting. Sure, there was a girl who felt scared so she had a gun, but there was no value to that story; no meat. It was an episode that built up so much sadness and tension, just to have it evaporate and pretty much slide over the real reason that people actually do these things.

Also, some might say that shootings and tragedies are not entertainment value, but in Glee’s defense, One Tree Hill also did a shooting episode, that tied the shooting at a high school to their plot. It was one of the saddest and most emotional episodes in Tree Hill history, but it taught valuable lessons. The episode did nothing to poke fun of the situation, but explained that this could happen anywhere at anytime.

Many people think guns are bad, but there are of course two sides to every story. Gun’s are also protection. Gun’s can get into the wrong hands. I believe the episode showed a well-rounded explanation of the situation. It also might have been a little too soon for an episode like this, just months after about 20 young children died.  Do you think a different show would be better at the hot topic of school shootings? Did you like the episode?

 

 


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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‘Glee’ Cast Speaks Out on Naya Rivera’s Death, Sends Condolences

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Glee Cast speak out after Naya Rivera's tragic disappearance

The Glee cast is coming together in support of Naya Rivera. 

After authorities confirmed the body of Naya Rivera was found at Lake Piru concluding a 6-day search,Jane Lynch, who played Sue Silverman, tweeted “rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family. ”

Other cast members Amber Riley and Kevin McHale asked the fanbase to show some compassion in light of the tragic events. 

“Show some respect. All our energy is going toward helping find Naya and praying for her safe return and for her family,” Riley wrote on Twitter. “No one owes anyone online a performance of grief. This is very real and devastating. Focus on Naya and her family. Not us. We don’t matter right now.”

McHale retweeted and added:

“I cannot begin to understand what Naya’s family must be feeling. I know the rest of us are completely shattered, but not without hope. Please respect her family & their privacy in this moment. Please refrain from judging those who don’t show their pain on social media.”

The comments defended Lea Michele’s silence in the wake of Rivera’s disappearance. Fans called her out for not speaking out, which forced her to delete her Twitter account. 

Earlier this year, Michele was dragged for comments made by former actress Samantha Ware who said the actress was a bully and made her life a “living hell.” The comments were supported by other members of the cast. 

Heather Morris also updated fans writing: 
 
“I have spoken to Sheriff Eric Buschow and rest assured they are using every single one of their resources to locate our Naya. I have full confidence that they’re doing everything they can, and probably more. We will hold off on the citizen search and rescue until we get the go ahead that they’ll allow volunteers. Understand it’s 110 degrees here and if you’re not highly trained in search and rescue, this could end up a much more dangerous situation for everybody involved. Please be kind, compassionate and caring for those who are looking for our Naya.”
 

Earlier today, authorities revealed they found a body at Lake Piru where Rivera was last seen. 

The timing is chilling considering today marks 7 years since Corey Monteith overdosed at the age of 31. Many fans have pointed to a Glee curse placed on the cast as Rivera marks the third cast member to die in her 30s. In addition to Rivera and Monteith, Mark Salling committed suicide in 2018 at the age of 35 after pleading guilty to child pornography. 


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Wedding Weekend: The Vampire Diaries Candice Accola Weds Joe King

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It was a weekend of ‘I do’s!’

The Vampire Diaries star Candice Accola married Fray frontman Joe King in a New Orleans wedding.

Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev, producer Julie Plec, Kat Graham, Michael Trevino and Claire Holt, were all on-hand to help the new Mrs. King celebrate her big day  Former co-star, Kayla Ewell was even a bridesmaid! Throughout the weekend, the stars of TVD and The Originals shared pictures of their mini-vacation.

Co-star Ian Somerhalder could not make it, but he sent the couple a heartfelt message on Instagram writing, “”Candace and Joe- my brother, my sister. What a magical day this is for both of you. From the eye of the storm I am still with you in spirit!”I am missing my home state of Louisiana and my city, the great city of New Orleans. Sending you so much love from my shoot in ATL- i’m working hard & I wish I could be there physically, but we have the rest of our lives to celebrate. I love you guys! So. Much.”

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Photo Credit: Courtesy Jonas Peterson

The couple got engaged in May 2013 in Florence Italy. This is the first marriage for Accola. King shares two daughters with his ex-wife Julie.

They met at the DirecTV’s Celebrity BeachBowl in 2012, after co-star Nina Dobrev talked to King for Accola, who was too shy.

The newlyweds shared their first pictures after tying the knot on Instagram. The black-and-white photos captured the aura of the happy day, showing the newlyweds during their first dance and kissing in front of their guests.

Accola, 27, wore a Monique Lhuillier gown. The groom rocked a Tom Ford tux for the “French Quarter Wedding.”We hope the bride got permission from Klaus and Marcel for the party, as they tend to have some good old fashioned fights in the quarter.

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Photo Credit: Candice Accola Instagram

“Officially Mr. and Mrs. King! Best night ever!,” Accola wrote.

The celebration kicked off with a parade through the streets of New Orleans. Accola traded in the traditional veil for a princess tiara for the after-party.

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Photo Credit: Joe King Instagram

The other photo was shared via King’s Instagram. “My wife, she makes me wanna dance,” he captioned the photo.

 

Over in Maui, Glee’s Matthew Morrison tied the knot with model fiancé Renee Puente.

Morrison, 35, and Puente, 31, tied the knot on Saturday, Oct.18. 

It was a small affair, with about 50 family members and friends who arrived in Hawaii earlier this week. 

 “I’m very happy. Renee’s not in the industry — I need that normality. We like to stay home and cook, we’re not that Hollywood,” the actor told Closer magazine.

Morrison wore a custom Brooks Brothers tux. The bride wore a Gustavo Cadile gown.

They were first spotted together in 2011. He popped the question last summer, tweeting that he was going to marry his best friend.

This is the first marriage for both. 


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When you’re a TV star, things are constantly changing. Here are the main stories, we think you should know about!

  • Things are moving fast with Lea Michele and her boyfriend, Mathew Paetz. They’ve only been dating since June, but US Weekly reports that he’s already moved into her home. He was spotted moving in over the weekend, unpacking his U-Haul truck! It’s good to see Michele happy and moving on. 
  • A Switched at Birth wedding! Katie Leclerc wed fiancé Brian Stuart Habecost in a romantic ceremony on Saturday. The duo said ‘I do’at Colony 29 in Palm Springs. Most of her TV co-stars and family, including TV dad Gilles Marini, were on hand to celebrate the event. 
  • And speaking of weddings, Ashley Tisdale got married this weekend as well. The Young and Hungry producer secretly wed fiancé Christopher French. She confirmed the ordeal on Instagram writing, “Best day of my life! Introducing Mr. and Mrs. French Sept.8, 2014” with a snapshot from the wedding.

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Photo: Ashley Tisdale Instagram

The couple got engaged last August on the 103rd floor of the Empire State Building. They met in 2012 via mutual friends. BFF and High School Musical co-star Vanessa Hudgens was one of Tisdale’s six bridesmaids, all of whom wore complementing gowns in various shades of pink, lavender and nude. There were about 100 guests gathered at the private estate for the ceremony, including other HSM stars. 

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Photo Credit: Ashley Tisdale Instagram

  • Grey is the New Black! Dascha Polanco, who plays Dayarana Diaz on the Netflix show Orange is the New Black, debuted a grey hairstyle at Mercendez-Benz New York Fashion Week, Sept.7. Her new locks are actually… a wig! 

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  • Charlie Hunnam can’t let 50 shades go… Can you blame him? Sons of Anarchy premiered yesterday, but the buzz is all about how Hunnam passed up the role of Christian Grey. Wait didn’t we already hear about this? Now, Hunnam is opening up about how the role gave him a mental breakdown. (Sidenote: I don’t think that’s the effect playing Mr. Grey is suppose to have on a person.)

When Hunnam took the role, he was currently playing three characters. “I was going to finish [filming] Sons at like 11 p.m. Friday night, get on the plane Saturday morning to Vancouver for Fifty, missing the whole first week of rehearsal and start shooting Monday morning,” Hunnam recalled. “And I was going to shoot that film, wrap that on the Wednesday and the following Monday I was going to start shooting Crimson Peak in Toronto. I just had like … frankly, something of a nervous breakdown,” he said.

Two months after being cast as Mr. Grey, Hunnam had to drop out of the massive production. “I just said, ‘I can’t … I can’t …. To fail on such a grand scale — because Fifty’s going to be massive, it’s going to be huge. I really didn’t want to fail on such a grand scale, and I just couldn’t transition from Jax Teller to Christian Grey in 48 hours. It’s painful because I loved the character and I wanted to do it. I’m also a man of my word.”

Well, as sad as it is, I think it’s safe to say Jamie Dornan did the character justice. Am I right?

 

There you have it, you’re scoop on all things celebrity! Comment and share your thoughts! 


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