Monday, August 15, 2011


I was watching "The Glee Project" and saw that Cameron Mitchell quit because the show wasn't jiving with his faith and convictions. Here's an article about it.

He's quoted in this article as saying:

“It’s very tough because I do have beliefs and I do have my faith, and in some ways that does make me very different from other people. There are lines that other people will cross, and that’s OK to them, but to me—I’m just different, I just believe in different things. There are certain things that I’m willing to do on video shoots, but when it comes to the kissing, that was really hard for me. That’s just how I was raised, you know?

“My parents weren’t crazy-strict religious people. I won’t hit people on the head with a Bible, but I live by example and just try to be the best guy I can be. I have morals, and if it’s something that I feel like is crossing the line, then I’m not afraid to stand up. If you don’t stand up for something, then you’ll never stand up for anything. I just feel like that’s just what I had to do.”

Just wanted to say how impressive that is. A 20-year-old kid walking away from the Western all-American dream. The contrast between this kid and Esther Petrack (just for choosing to be on ANTM, nothing else) is striking.


ksil said...

so he wants to be an actor in hollywood, but wants no part of anything sexual.

wow. thats like wanting to work on wall street, but you hate the stock market. or applying for a job with a butcher, but you are a die-hard vegan. or joining a kollel....

i wonder if there were white actors that were asked to "mix" with balcks back in the 50s and 60s that would not do so becasue of their religious upbringing

Chana said...


No, what he wanted was to have a part in Glee and be able to sing professionally. He was able to do some things that were sexual (like his singing roles) but it bothered him when he had to fake-kiss a person. Which wasn't something he could know in advance.

I think that his decision is worthy of respect.

Yedid Nefesh said...

wow, I am truly impressed, especially since I remember thinking very little of Esther when she presented herself in panel
Its so ironic that he'd have to walk away from GLEE out of all the shows out there since Glee is all about promoting who you are, your differences and variety.
I guess it still is ruled by societies definition of normal

Unknown said...

Yes, I thought his decision and approach was excellent. I do give credit to the producer for asking him to trust him in his assurances that he would make sure he wouldn't have to do anything that crossed his lines, but considering his experiences he still chose to say goodbye. Good for him.

Shades of Grey said...

This is rather fascinating! It does seem that there are pockets of people out there who aspire to and live by a greater moral code. If anything, it's encouraging, and hopefully more people can learn from his example.

Anonymous said...

Cameron was indeed impressive, though I think the comment comparing him to Esther was unfair. Cameron chose to be on Glee, which is far from a religion-friendly show. Esther chose to be on ANTM, also far from a religion-friendly show. Apparently she had a long conversation with the judges about how she planned to observe Judaism. ANTM edited that long conversation, which is how the controversy started. ANTM likes to portray the contestants as giving up everything for modeling, while Glee likes to portray people as being cool for being who they are, so you have to take that into account.

Anonymous said...

just watched the episode and i thought it was incredibly compelling. what i found somewhat two-sided was that for a show that purports itself to be all about acceptance it would seem that as long as you can compromise to the least common denominator then you can be accepted but when you wish to impose boundaries and moral codes on your own way of life and it may or may not fall in line with the least common denominator then it becomes a problem and something that is not automatically accepted in the way lets say one's sexuality would be.