glee without cory

If you've cried about Cory Monteith today, that is completely acceptable and anybody who tells you otherwise or laughs at you for being "lame" doesn't deserve your time or attention. You're allowed to miss someone who inspired you, or made you laugh, or whose voice you loved. You're allowed to miss someone you may have never met. I do, and I'm not going to feel stupid about that. You're allowed to grieve for someone who mattered.

A few things I think need clarifying/debunking around the Glee PR situation:

1. There is no doubt that Darren is speaking tomorrow about Cory on Good Morning America either on Glee’s request or blessing, not because he himself wanted to as an individual (Do I need to explain why this is so?). The reality of this PR situation (a real PR situation) is that there do need to be voices from Glee coming out about this in the next few days - Darren is a good choice for a lot of reasons:

a. He is a major player in the Glee cast, a central voice

b. He already had press interviews scheduled for GML.

c. He was a good friend and colleague of Cory’s but by all known info and appearances, not a very best friend or partner (like Lea, Mark, even Chris) who may be in more intense grief.

d. He is great with press and is genuinely emotional and kind.

2. I don’t believe that Darren is suddenly the voice of Glee on this situation. I think he is a voice of the Glee cast representing on some level the sadness that they feel as a cast. There is still the issue of Glee the business and how they will proceed. Darren is not the spokesperson for this (I’m virtually certain). The Glee powers will likely have to have someone speak on this in the next week or two - RM, Brad, another high up person from Fox or Glee, who can address fan (and advertiser, LBR) concerns about Glee.

I’m cc'ing our resident PR expert girliesportsjunkie for her thoughts too.

blurintofocus said: Just to answer someone here below, feel free to share — I got contacted by the movie press team with “Darren is canceling all press appearances" for me that meant press day interview, and I assume also TV but I can’t say for sure.

Thanks Rae. FYI - It does look like TV is included, and here is what Rae was told.

Cory Monteith was one of my idols. I remember hearing on the radio 2 years ago that he had been found dead. I had to go to school and no one really understood how upset I was; they were joking with me like it wasn’t a big thing saying things like “aw Kirsten did you cry this morning?” but I actually had been because he meant a huge deal to me. 

I woke up one day to just find that one of my favourite people, someone I looked up to, had died and I will never forget that day. “Go tell your idol you love them… because I don’t have mine anymore”  - Sorry this is a big post but I drew this picture of him and it’s one of the best portraits I’ve ever done! Xxx

Miss you every day Cory xxxx 

So I am having a really different reaction to Darren at the premiere than almost everyone on my dash, so I thought I’d share it.

I am happy to see him. I am happy to see him real, as he generally is. He wears his emotions in his eyes and its one of the reasons he’s so easy to connect to.

His presence is a comfort to me. I don’t feel like I need to comfort him. I never feel that because I’m not real to him. But he is real to me.

He looks dignified and dapper and sad and handsome.

He is great at what he does because he can connect so easily and he will. I’m not afraid of him crying. It will probably make me cry if he does but I’m also okay with that. 

I’m just happy he’s there and is one of the Glee cast who is chosen and has chosen to reach out to the world at this sad time.

I’m listening and thankful.

I think he looks incredibly beautiful.