While watching the television show, “The Glee Project,” it became apparent that the writers were looking for a young Christian teen for the show. Ryan, who is one of the main writers, listens to the three bottom contenders for the final spot each week and decides who is going home.
The week Cameron went home: The theme was “Sexuality” and it was very difficult for Cameron to work with the writers and directors through the skits they had prepared for the young actors. Cameron, being a Christian young teen with a girlfriend and very set in his decision not to kiss another female because of his beliefs was asked — once again — to kiss a girl during the scene. He was asked, yet again, to defy his upbringing and beliefs on this subject. I found it odd that when Ryan (the writer) spoke to Cameron after Cameron sang so eloquently as part of the bottom three, Ryan asked Cameron to “trust him.” Well, it was too little and too late! I would not have trusted Ryan after being asked two times to defy my standards for a television show.
This is why I found all of this interesting and why I’m writing about it: For one, if Ryan really wants to write about the issues that teen Christians wrestle with, why didn’t Ryan, being the educated and creative writer, find a way to include this dilemma in the scene? If Ryan truly wants to write about a teen Christian, why didn’t he trust Cameron to help walk him through it? Instead, Cameron was forced to mold himself to others demands and it was outside the boundaries for this young, very attractive and very talented young actor. Cameron decided to leave the show. He was told that he was still wanted and still safe and Ryan was going to let Damien go home that week. Damien (the one with the Irish accent) got to stay that week. Cameron crossed Damien’s name off the “Going Home” posting and wrote his own name in place of it. Cameron stayed true to his heart and young spirit. These are the types of decisions Christian teens are faced with every day, and Cameron responded maturely in this case. Kudos to you, brother!
The next thing I found odd about the event and other events leading up to this (and even an event the following week) was that Alex, the overtly gay teen, was never asked to step outside his boundaries and kiss a girl. Every time they cast Alex (the male Diva), it was with another boy. The writers and directors of the Glee Project respect Alex’s decision and boundaries and write around it. Why did they not give Cameron the same consideration? While I have my own thoughts about homosexuality — and have an article posted about it, I believe that each person is entitled to their own decisions. God allows us to make our own choices. And, yes, God does even love homosexuals and male Divas. God loved Abel’s brother Cain, too! That does not mean He loved Cain’s behavior. I digress… I also believe that Cameron was entitled to his own decision as well. Cameron was entitled to his own boundaries. The writers and directors of The Glee Project were extremely disrespectful toward Cameron, especially considering how they coddled Alex.
Now, the show has lost a great actor, a true contender and a truly talented singer. I know God will find a place for Cameron and Cameron will flourish and thrive on the wonderful abilities God gave him, but what a sad loss for those on The Glee Project. Ryan and others lost the very thing they were looking for in a Christian teen actor because of their own closemindedness.
They are trying at this time to make the dreadlocks dude (can’t remember his name — so you know he isn’t too memorable) into the next “Christian” kid… but this boy just doesn’t have the honest conviction to be the part. Sorry, Ryan and others on The Glee Project. You all stepped in it Big Time!!!
Blessings to Cameron as he forges ahead in life. It is nice to see that the show is looking to explore that facet of life for teens — and there are many teens struggling through High School and extracurricular activities trying to “fit in” and still hold true to their own Christian standards. I pray God will bless all of you out there who are trying to do the same. Christianity is often highly misunderstood. What is ironic is how people who feign they want to understand somehow step back from it and create a virtual wall. They’d rather dismiss us and shun us than to understand us and our passion in life.
Blessings fo you and yours,