So I have a little crush. It's on this guy.
Have you been watching the Glee Project? Boy, do I love it! (Haven't watched this week's episode? Stop reading right...about...now.) I especially loved Cameron. First of all, he's adorable. He wears awesome clothes and has a great voice. When put into uncomfortable situations (read: Lindsay planting one on him.) he had standards and kept to them. And Ryan Murphy loved that! Sure, it was frustrating for a bit but Ryan told him, "I like you. I like your innocence and I think you could relate to a lot of kids out there." He even said they would do their best to respect his boundaries and they wanted him to stay.
Hollywood was giving him a chance to impact a lot people. To show the world that you can have standards and still be creative and cool and for a lack of a better word, un-prude-ish. That's not something the show Glee has been doing (love the show but don't get me started on the drinking episode....) Instead, he left. And that made me so sad.
I know, he could have lots of other reasons motivating him to leave. He could have been homesick, he could have been discouraged by his performance in past weeks, and this could have just been the icing on the cake. But it got me thinking about what people of, I guess you could say, conservative standards are doing to make an impact on others by standing up for what they believe in. By being in the world but not of it.
As a Mormon, I have been taught my whole life to stand up for what I believe in. But I feel many people take that as "I should just hang out with my Mormon friends and never put myself in any sort of situation that is outside my comfort zone." If you never have to stand up for your values, how do you know you can do it? And how can you help make the world a better place?
Now, some of you are reading this and saying "Uh, lady, you go to BYU. Isn't that the definition of a moral cop-out?" Well, sometimes, yes. But I truly believe BYU is helping me become a stronger person during these formative years so that I am stronger in my values and I can share them better in "the real world". And just because I don't have to explain to people on a daily basis why I don't drink or sleep around, I still have to be firm in what I believe in other ways. (That's for a different post.)
So while I can't judge Cameron for what he did (see above), I hope that if I were in that situation, I would have used the opportunity to make some change as opposed to hiding behind what I believe.
What do you guys think? I want to hear what you have to say!
PS. Cameron, I still like you. You're still adorable. You're still talented. I'd still buy your CD.
PPS. Ryan Murphy, I can be your conservativly cool girl next season! My people will talk to your people.
PSSS. I got through this whole post without misspelling a single word. Woot woot!
PPPS. This is blog post 101! I should have done something for post 100. Whoops. So happy post 101!
PPPPS I'm done with the post scrpts. Promise. For now.