Gloria Estefan Ups the 'Glee' Diversity Dreaminess

gloria estefanAfter hearing the big Ricky Martin rumor, I didn't know if the Glee plot line could get any more exciting for Season 3. Apparently, I was very wrong. Rumor has it that, come January, McKinley High may be getting a visit from another Latin celebrity by the name of ... Gloria Estefan (!!!). It's rumored by multiple sources that Ms. Estefan will be joining the gang as Santana's mom.

(Someone please tell me we'll hear an all-cast rendition of "Live for Loving You." PLEASE!)

OK, I won't push my luck. Having Estefan on the show is enough for me! Every addition of culture and diversity on Glee makes the show all the better! There's simply nothing else like it on television.

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There's always been culture in the Glee Club, brought to us by arguably one of the most diverse casts on television. You have (or have had) characters who are Hispanic, African American, Caucasian, Filipino, and Asian. On top of this multicultural dreaminess, there are Jewish gleeks, Puck and Rachel, as well as Artie representing for persons with disabilities, Sue Sylvester's sidekick Becky, who has Down Syndrome, Coach Beiste, who's straight but almost genderless in looks, and, of course, we love our gays Kurt, Blaine, Santana, Brittany (bi), and even Rachel's two dads. Talk about a totally awesome mixed bag of goodness!

Here's the best part though. Even though diversity always been there, this season we're really seeing cultural issues take a lead in the storylines. We were introduced to Mike Chang's parents and saw how pressured he was by his father to follow the "expected" path to an Ivy League school. Who can forget the Irish inspiration brought to us by Rory Flanagan (The Glee Project winner Damian McGinty), Lima's first leprechaun! Now there's this Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan news! The show's just such a virtual melting pot and I can't get enough.

I think focusing on cultural issues is a nice change from the constant battle of sexuality in the high school hallways. Just like sex and sexual identity issues, cultural issues also can be a bit taboo. So far, though, I think the Glee masterminds have handled the tough issues with grace this season. I can't wait to see how things pan out once, fingers crossed, Estefan joins the cast.

What do you think about Gloria coming to Glee?

 

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