It’s okay to be a GLEEK. But please don’t be a GLEEDIOT.
CORY MONTEITH : 1982 – 2013
If you DIDN’T DIE OF AIDS OR DRUGS, then you’re A NOBODY IN HOLLYWOOD.
It may well be the fanciest funeral on television. Or as the creator of “Modern Family” put it: “This could be the saddest Emmys of all time.”
The 65th Emmy Awards saw “Breaking Bad” win as Outstanding Drama and “Modern Family” for Outstanding Comedy.
But most people will remember it for elegant as well as controversial tributes to some of the bright lights in television, including James Gandolfini, Cory Monteith, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters and Gary David Goldberg.
Canadian Cory Monteith was given a tribute separate from the traditional “in memoriam” segment at the end of the show. But the decision is questionable.
Monteith died in a Vancouver hotel from a heroin overdose in July. He was also, at the age of 31, the youngest to be honored. The other four were also Emmy winners while Monteith had yet to be nominated.
While Monteith was honored, major television stars such as Jack Klugman of “The Odd Couple”, “Dallas” star Larry Hagman, Jeanne Cooper from “The Young And The Restless”, singer Andy Williams, teen icon Annette Funicello, legendary interviewer Sir David Frost and technological whiz Ray Dolby were lumped in together at the end.
WAS IT FAIR?
NO. While Monteith’s death was tragic, he arguably did not earn his place among the best and the brightest.
Emmy producers obviously tried to capitalize on his popularity with the youth demographic but by doing so, they diminished the contributions of some of the legends of television like Klugman and Hagman.
( “Emmy Awards : Was Cory Monteith Tribute Fair To Gandolfini, Klugman And Others?” by Tom Wong, The Toronto Star : September 23, 2013 )
“I THINK IT’S CRIMINAL. MY DAD WAS AT THE INCEPTION OF TELEVISION AND HELPED TO BUILD IT IN THE EARLY DAYS.
THEY’RE CELEBRATING THIS SELF-INFLICTED TRAGEDY INSTEAD OF CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF MY FATHER WHO WON 3 EMMYS. ( Two for the comedy series The Odd Couple and one for his memorable guest role as a BLACKLISTED actor in The Defenders. )
IT IS AN INDEFENSIBLE MOVE. MY FATHER’S CAREER SPANNED MORE THAN 5 DECADES. TO COMPARE THE CONTRIBUTION HE ( Cory Monteith ) MADE TO THE CONTRIBUTIONS MY FATHER MADE, IT DOESN’T COMPARE.
LET’S CALL THIS WHAT IT IS. THEY’RE DOING THIS BECAUSE THEY THINK THEY’RE GOING TO GET A YOUNGER GENERATION OF VIEWERS TO WATCH.
IT IS AN INSULT AND IT REALLY SEEMS TYPICAL OF THE YOUTH-ORIENTED CULTURE THAT HAS AN EXTREMELY SHORT ATTENTION SPAN AND PANDERS TO ONLY A VERY NARROW DEMOGRAPHIC OF YOUNG ADULTS.
WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO SHOULD BE INTRODUCED TO SOMEBODY LIKE MY FATHER?
I DON’T MEAN TO SAY ANYTHING DISPARAGING ABOUT CORY. BUT HE WAS A KID WHO HAD NO EMMYS.
AND IT WAS A SELF-INFLICTED TRAGEDY.”
( ADAM KLUGMAN, SON OF THE LATE GREAT JACK KLUGMAN )
Jack Klugman never starred in a show that promoted GAYNESS. And that’s THE AGENDA WHICH DRIVES HOLLYWOOD TODAY.
That “GLEE” star Cory Monteith will be among an exclusive group of actors getting a special memorial tribute at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday was to be expected given the industry and its fans are still reeling from his recent loss.
But it is questionable whether the TV Academy is doing the right thing with this tribute.
When Monteith’s name is elevated alongside the other four people who are being elevated from the usual In Memoriam reel ( actors James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton and Jonathan Winters and writer-producer Gary David Goldberg ) , his inclusion risks coming across as ill-considered. The unspoken, uncomfortable truth of the matter is that while the work he did on “GLEE” showed great promise, it was not equal to the incredible careers the other four amassed.
That doesn’t make the loss of Monteith any less tragic. Nor should questioning his exclusion be misinterpreted as a judgment being made about the circumstances of his death. To the contrary, the Emmy recognition will put deserved focus on the perils of drug addiction.
But to merit special treatment like what the Academy is doing here, an actor should have a body of work that puts him head and shoulders above his peers. There will surely be disagreement from his ardent fans, but if Monteith had really achieved that status, those accolades would have been coming even before his death. Unlike many of his co-stars, Cory Monteith never received an Emmy nomination.
Does a distinctive role on a TV show automatically merit the kind of memorial that Cory Monteith is getting here ? You could argue that James Gandolfini is in essentially the same category but that only brings the difference between Monteith and someone of Gandolfini’s caliber into sharper relief. What Gandolfini did on “THE SOPRANOS” inarguably transformed the medium of television.
Can we really say the same about Cory Monteith on “GLEE” ?
By putting Cory Monteith in this elite group, the Academy is risking having its honorable intentions misconstrued as using the actor’s memory to cater to the younger audiences that are in decreasingly short supply for award shows these days. The Emmy Awards is a business that requires generating TV ratings to maximize advertising dollars, but that needs to be balanced with the need for the Academy to maintain appropriate perspective in recognizing excellence and influence in television.
Then there is the delicate matter of considering how elevating Monteith has an impact on the perception of both the other actors who he is being grouped alongside as well as the dozens of others who are being relegated to the standard In Memoriam tribute. Monteith could have gone on to a tremendous career, but LARRY HAGMAN, for instance, already had a tremendous career and putting Monteith on a pedestal casts a shadow over the memory of this iconic “DALLAS” star.
Questioning Monteith’s place in this special memorial cuts to the heart of what the Emmys are all about. If the event’s primary function is to give a sense of the emotional state of the audience at a given time, then Monteith certainly belongs where the Academy has put him. But the Emmys should be held to a higher standard. The event should be first and foremost about recognizing a body of work.
In that respect, the Emmys needs to aspire to timelessness, demonstrating its relevancy whether being watched on the night of the telecast or 20 years later. The way to ensure it resonates both now and in the future is to stick to the accomplishments of the talent or the production.
It’s about what has been achieved – not what could have been.
( “Does Cory Monteith Deserve A Special Emmy Memorial?” by Andrew Wallenstein, Editor-In-Chief : Digital@awallenstein September 16, 2013 )
“I THINK 3 SECONDS WAS SHORT. I THINK ALL OF THEM WERE SHORT.
IF YOU’RE GOING TO HONOR THE IN MEMORIAM RECEPIENTS, HONOR THEM WITH THE RESPECT AND DIGNITY THAT THEY PORTRAYED.
DO IT FOR EVERYONE.
THESE ARE VERY TALENTED PEOPLE. THE ACTORS THAT THEY’RE HONORING HAVE DONE SO MUCH FOR THE INDUSTRY.
IF YOU’RE GOING TO RESPECT AND RECOGNIZE THEM, THEN DO IT CORRECTLY.
HOW I FELT LAST NIGHT WATCHING THE EMMYS WAS NOT ANGER. IT WAS DISAPPOINTMENT.
AGAIN, I THINK MY DAD WAS A TRAILBLAZER IN THE INDUSTRY WHO SET THE STAGE FOR OTHER ACTORS.
SO IT’S NOT ANGER. IT’S DEFINITELY DISAPPOINTMENT FOR WHAT HE CONTRIBUTED TO THE PROFESSION.”
( PRESTON HAGMAN, SON OF THE LATE GREAT LARRY HAGMAN )
They only gave him a MEMORIAL because he was a STAPLE CHARACTER in a TV SERIES THAT PROFESSED LIBERAL VIEWS and was popular with the under 30 demo. That’s it. Oh, and he died a TRAGIC DEATH.
This last observation posted at a fan message board does raise an interesting viewpoint not yet completely explored.
Would Cory Monteith still have been given this special EMMY memorial if he was NOT a staple character in a TV series that professed Liberal Views and promoted the Gayness Agenda?
Would Cory Monteith still have been given this special EMMY memorial if he was a staple character in another TV series that professed Traditional Values and promoted a more Conservative Agenda??
Isn’t this special Cory Monteith EMMY memorial also UNFAIR to his young peers from the industry who also happen to do excellent work in other TV shows which are much less Politically Divisive and far less driven by Hollywood Propaganda???