Plans to Honor Cory Monteith at Emmy Awards Create an Unexpected Backlash

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Cory MonteithIt's been over two months since Cory Monteith's untimely, tragic passing, yet his name is still making headlines, this time because of a controversy brewing in regards to the Emmy Awards. It seems that in addition to the "In Memoriam" segment, on Sunday, the Emmys will separately honor Cory, James Gandolfini, Gary David Goldberg, Jean Stapleton, and Jonathan Winters.

And apparently this has some people very, very angry.

Many commenters are saying Cory didn't have enough of a career to be honored with the other four on this list. They're pissed that Andy Griffith was passed over. And they're saying that the Emmys are glamorizing his OD by making such a huge deal in honoring the death of a druggie.

Suffice to say: Wow, people on the Internet sure can be a bunch of insensitive jerks.

Look, I don't agree with the decision to single out actors who have passed away as somehow being more "honor-worthy" than the others, but their decision to include Cory makes sense. Cory and the cast of Glee spoke to a younger demographic. The ratings game is all about harnessing this young demographic, and the producers behind the Emmys probably thought this tribute would be a good way to lure them in and get them to watch the show (it may sound insensitive, but that's how our sick, sad world works).

Many 18-year-olds know who Cory is and that he passed away a couple months ago. Sad to say, but ask them who Jonathan Winters (a comedic genius and pioneer) was, and they'd probably shrug and continue playing Candy Crush on their iPhone.

Anyway, each of these tributes will be delivered by costars and close friends. For example, Edie Falco will be remembering Gandolfini, with whom she worked on The Sopranos, while Jane Lynch will be talking about Cory. Of course fans of Glee will tune in to see what Jane has to say about her fallen costar.

Not only does it feel weird debating who is and isn't worthy of being on this list since these actors are no longer with us, the things people have been saying about Cory have been cold, cruel, and completely unnecessary. He was one of the lead actors on an extremely popular television show, and many fans, young and old, were touched by and are still trying to process his death. There's no doubt that he had talent and legions of fans, and he was very open and honest about his struggles with addiction. Instead of "sensationalizing" his drug use, we can only hope that Lynch will talk about her friend in a way that shows how drugs can easily cut off a life and career that had so much promise. And, come on, no one's giving him an Emmy here.

So let's stop dissecting Cory's career and saying that he's a "minor" actor and that how he died makes him any more or less worthy to be on this list. We should be placing blame on the Emmys who are saying that one star's death is more important to honor than another's. Regardless, it's a shame that Cory's passing has led to this kind of exploitative controversy.

What do you think about Cory Monteith's inclusion on the "special" Emmys "In Memoriam" segment?


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nonmember avatar SickOfHearingIt

Larry Hagman died this year. He was considerably more legendary then Cory Monteith. If he had not killed himself, it would have been "Cory who" in ten years time. Who cares what teenagers think about the Emmys?

nonmember avatar linbri29

If Cory Monteith hadn't od he would still be getting high. He was a junkie and should not be in the same category as the rest of the actors that passed this year. Not to say his passing wasen't sad it is always sad when some one so young dies but he did it to himself. He shouldn't be honored for that.

nonmember avatar erica

What in the hell is wrong with you assholes who think someone is a lesser person because of a drug addiction? Must be nice to sit up there in your fucking ivory towers acting all high and mighty. Those people you're so quick to condemn aren't even here anymore to hear these hateful comments, but the people who love them are. It's cruel to act as if the person battling an addiction was nothing more than a piece of trash. My mom died at the age of 47 of a drug overdose and while I will never agree with her choices, she was still my mother and I love her. She didnt just decide to be an addict one day.I can't ever forget all the pain she put us through, but I am thankful that I was a stronger person who had more sources of help and support to help deal with my pain than she ever did. I could have gone down the same path. Nobody is immune to it. I don't care about the Emmys and I've never been a fan of Glee to know much of anything about the career of this young man whose life ended way too soon. Addiction is horrible and its not as easy as just stopping. There wouldnt even be addicts if you could just stop at will.But goddamn, I'm sick of people pretending like the loss of a human life means nothing because they were a "junkie." I'd hope you all could muster an ounce of human decency and remember that there are people who love these "junkies" that are hurting enough. The older I get, the less I'm able to believe that people are inherently good.

nonmember avatar erica

It's possible that if people weren't so quick to make others feel less than human for struggling with things like addiction it might be a little easier to get and stay sober. You don't think most addicts feel shitty enough? they sure don't feel good about what they're doing to themselves or their loved ones. That's part of the cycle of a lot of addictions. You use because you feel intolerably bad, you feel intolerably bad because you use... over and over and over.

nonmember avatar erica

I also happen to think that it's important for young people to see that being young doesn't make you exempt from becoming an addict, no matter how famous or popular you are. Thats not "glamorizing" addiction and overdose. There is nothing at all glamorous about either.They need to see that it can kill you and break the hearts of everyone around you. Those are just the cold, hard facts. Instead of treating people with this disease like they're worth less than dog shit, let them know there is help and support out there, not ridicule and scorn. Compassion alone can't help anyone get clean, but it sure doesn't hurt.

nonmember avatar Tyler

Why shouldn't they honor him? They paid tribute to Whitney Huston and Amy Winehouse and they both ODed

nonmember avatar Michelle

I agree. Only reason I'm gonna watch the Emmys is to see Cory's tribute. They did a tribute for Whitney and she ODedtoo. Just because he's young and not as highly famed as all these old people??? I don't even know the other people. He was highly famed to us young people. You don't hear us complaining that the making a tribute for all these old people we don't know...

nonmember avatar Randi

The comments about he is so much less than worthy besides the others included because of the manner of how he died? Seriously?! I hope your high horse is comfy. Did we suddenly forget how David Carridine died of auto-erotic asphyxiation and people still honored him with the utmost respect? It shouldn't matter how anyone died and how dare anyone judge an addict without knowing the pain and suffering that goes along with having an addiction. It's not the person's choice to become an addict and at least Cory tried to get help for it. Many deny help until it's too late. Shame on all of you that think that this is "glamorizing" addiction when he and the cast of Glee very specifically spoke to a younger audience and I think it's crucial to teach them NOW what an addiction can do to you, so that they won't even want to try drugs. For the love of God, have some compassion for those that aren't here to defend themselves.

nonmember avatar Jillian

Wow! That's all I can say, seriously half of Hollywood is addicted to something most of which are drugs, unfortunantly its a fact. But, just because he struggled personally with this addiction means nothing. He was still a good person and actor who touched a lot of young peoples lives. Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson went crazy and struggled for years with drugs, even being arrested for it, how was that acceptable but cory isn't? James Gandolfini may not of had a drug addiction but he had a heart attack and obviously didn't eat right or exercise so he dI'd it to himself as well should we not honor him? Get real! Some very great people passed away this past year no matter how they died they were people. Show some respect!

nonmember avatar Agriffith

I for one was a fan of Cory Montieth and of Glee and of their messages to our youth of this world. I will certainly be watching the Emmy Awards to see this and all of the contributes. Addiction can lead many down a path of destruction but it doesn't mean that they didn't have a positive impact on the people they touched. Cory was an inspiration, he had a rough go at life and was making an impact on the world through the eyes of Glee and certainly as someone his age was impressed that he was able to make it at 30 in the lime light. I am turning 30 next year and I hope that I can have the guts to keep going for my goals in life the way Cory did and not give up because I have hit a certain age or that my life is to hard to have those dreams. It is simple, just because he ODed doesnt mean he didn't affect the young or old. He certainly did and he deserves credit for his hard struggles of life, just the same as anyone else. He HAD AN IMPACT!

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