Simple surgery is fine

Logan Mcdonald

Several of my friends have tried to convince me to watch “Glee,” a TV show about a high school glee club that seems largely in the vein of “High School Musical.” Over and over, I have refused to watch “Glee” out of the principle I dislike to put it nicely musicals.

Despite my rigorously followed principles, a recent news story has at least got me a little interested in the show.

18-year-old singer, Charice is going to be on Glee next season, so in order to prepare for the show, she decided to get Botox and Thermage.

While neither of the procedures is invasive, unlike a nose job or liposuction, a lot of people are wondering how appropriate it is for teenagers to get cosmetic surgery. I thought about this for a while and I came to the conclusion teenagers should totally be able to get simple, non-invasive procedures.

I can hear gasps and groans and cries of how irresponsible it is to let kids get cosmetic surgery. But I think if people would consider the amount of things we already are doing to change our bodies, they might look at this in a different light.

Teeth are one of the first things that come to mind. Small children are not only allowed, but encouraged to get braces. The desire to have perfect or normal looking teeth goes far enough that some cases require cutting the jawbone in multiple places and realigning the pieces. And this is seen as more normal than a single injection of Botox?

Beyond changing the shape of a person’s mouth, there are tooth whitening pastes and gums meant to give teeth that celebrity shine. Then you have hundreds of different acne medications and cleaning products so teenagers can have blemish-free skin. And then you have a variety of razors and hair removal products so that teenagers can have smooth faces, legs and other areas.

But what does this all lead to? And what does it have to do with “Glee”?

When I started to write this article, I hadn’t seen even a clip of “Glee.” The more I started to write, the more I felt like I was writing a blind opinion about a show I only assumed was awful. So I did what most everyone does when they want to check out a show: I went to

After sitting through an almost unbearably mushy commercial for “Eat, Pray, Love,” I started to watch my first episode of “Glee.”

Almost every character appears to be the perfect caricature of who they are supposed to be: the jocks are angry, the cheerleaders are pregnant and the nerds are all considered to be gay. And then there’s the singing and the odd desire for everyone to come up with the perfect mash-up.

No one in the entire show seems to be a realistic person. So now it’s starting to make more sense that Charise would get cosmetic surgery. On the show, it takes more than just actually being high school aged and a talented singer to do well.

This doesn’t mean I’ve had some sort of revelation and decided to go against my principles. I still think people, including teenagers, should be allowed to do little things to make themselves look and feel better.

Whether it’s Botox or just a new haircut, people want to look good and be appreciated. No one is perfect but it’s completely fine to want to look better.

I guess what I’m trying to say is “Glee” sucks.