Glenn Beck is hoping to single-handedly orchestrate his own “day the music died” by stamping out the diverse singing circle from “Glee.”
Speaking at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in Washington Friday, Beck ignored the chalkboard that had been rolled out on stage to assist him, and instead focused on prime-time television.
“A year ago I was watching the show ‘Glee’ with my wife and we watched it like this,” Beck said making the motion of his jaw dropping. “It’s horrifying some of the things that they’re teaching high schoolers.But it’s brilliantly done. It’s brilliantly done.”
At first, Beck says he was despondent.
“I said at the end of it, we lose,” he said. “There’s no way to beat that.”
But it didn’t take long for Beck to snap out of his funk and start devising a way to defeat “Glee.” Beck’s secret weapon: what he jokingly calls “the Oedipus Project” (“because the left will be making out with me,” he explained to BuzzFeed this week). Essentially, the plan is to produce a conservative alternative to “Glee” that is covert enough in its conservatism to not turn people away.
“We’ve spent a year now trying to put together a push-back with artists with music, but not the stereotypical conservative Lee Greenwood music,” he told the crowd at FFC.
Video of Beck explaining his plan to take down “Glee”:
Beck has faded from the national stage following his departure from Fox News in 2010. But he’s still extremely popular among many in the conservative community. Since leaving Fox, Beck has established his own online media empire. This week he announced a $100 million contract to keep doing his nationally syndicated radio show. At FFC Friday, the line stretched around the lobby when Beck sat down to sign books. About 40,000 people have already signed up for Beck’s three-day “Restoring Love” extravaganza at Cowboy Stadium in Texas, where he plans to debut his Oedipus Project material, according to Buzzfeed.