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When I was in middle school, I was obsessed with a revolutionary show about a group of diverse kids coming together to find their place in the world. Absolutely, I’m talking about Glee. This show quite literally rocked our worlds.

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RIP Naya Rivera: The Specific Importance of Santana to Femme-Presenting Gay Women

Rivera's "Glee" character was not just important, she was groundbreaking.

As a young queer girl growing up in the south, I was lucky that my parents weren't homophobes.

My parents believed that people were sometimes born gay, and while they wouldn't "wish that harder life" on their children, they certainly made me and my sister believe that gay people were just as worthy of love as anyone else. I was lucky.

Still, in my relatively sheltered world of Northern Virginia (a rich suburb near Washington D.C.), homophobia wasn't as blatant as hate crimes or shouted slurs, but it was generally accepted that being straight was, simply, better.

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5 Stupid TV Show Pop-Ups That Would Still Be Better Than the "Friends" Pop-Up Experience

The Friends Pop-Up Experience is stupid and anything else would be better.


Nobody told me life was gonna be this way, and by that I mean nobody told me that every stupid franchise would get a stupid pop-up "experience."

Is Friends the most bland, generic, milquetoast sit-com to ever grace television screens? Yes, of course. Is Joey the most annoying character ever written? Maybe. Do I want to punch David Schwimmer for no good reason? Possibly. Look, people like Friends for some reason, and that's fine. But why would anyone want to pay $29.50 to "experience" walking around a recreation of Chandler's apartment? If you want to walk around someone else's apartment, go to an open house for free. Also, you can "stick a turkey on your head," because dear G*d our entire world is burning.

But hey, if dumb TV show pop-ups are in, let's go all out. Pop-up everything! Here are some other stupid TV show pop-up ideas that people would probably still pay for:

The Office Pop-Up

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At The Office Pop-Up, you get to experience a 9-5 workday like never before! Walk around a full recreation of the Dunder Mifflin Office. Sit at Jim's desk and pick up the phone. It's a client with questions about paper stock. Hope you know what you're talking about or you might lose the sale! For lunch, try some of Kevin's famous chili, but be careful, because you need to eat it off the floor. Attend a meeting where a man in a suit says some racist stuff. Guests are forced to stay for a full eight hours.

The Big Bang Theory Pop-Up


Step out of your living room and into The Big Bang Theory living room. Sit on Sheldon's couch! You can read one of his prized comic books if you want, but make sure not to bend the pages because it could be valuable some day. Best of all, The Big Theory pop-up is fully interactive. Four actors poorly pretending to be on the autism spectrum mill about, confronting guests (especially women) about nerd facts and then awkwardly hitting on them (only women). Just like The Big Bang Theory!

Glee Pop-Up

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The Glee Pop-Up experience is kind of like going to a real high school glee club performance, except instead of paying $0, you pay $80. Broadway-level talent was unaffordable, so all of the singers possess roughly the same level of talent as the kids from your real high school glee club, too. In other words, the Glee Pop-Up offers the experience of attending a high school glee club performance because that's exactly what it is. But you still pay $80, okay? The price is justified because it's an experience? How dare you.

The Handmaid's Tale Pop-Up

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Welcome to Gilead: every man's favorite American dystopian nightmare for women that seems closer to reality every day! Guests will be split into two groups: male and female. Anyone who doesn't conform to the gender binary is not allowed to participate. Male guests get enjoy the finer aspects of Gilead, including musty studies filled with books and angry glances from your repressed wife. Men will also enjoy a variety of wines and cheeses prepared by Marthas in Gilead-appropriate attire. Female guests get locked in a room where they can enjoy reciting bible verses for the duration of their time slot.

The Sopranos Pop-Up

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The Sopranos Pop-Up will be held in an Italian restaurant. Guests will be served heaping portions of baked ziti in Tupperware containers. As they eat their baked ziti, overweight Italian men will loudly discuss hits they've ordered using obvious double-speak for plausible deniability. One overweight Italian man might say, "Gino really whacked the ball," and then another overweight Italian man might respond, "Mikey's sleeping as sound as an old cannoli." Not all of these phrases will make perfect sense, but diners should get the gist.


INTERVIEW | A Great Big World's Next Chapter

The Band on Emotional Growth and Record Number Three

"We've found that the more vulnerable we are, the more people tend to connect to the songs. And then we realize we have nothing to be ashamed of, or embarrassed of, and we feel this sense that we're not alone."

A Great Big World has been filling our hearts with swells of emotion since they arrived on the pop-rock scene in 2012. From big-name collaborations to having a song featured on the television program Glee, and not to mention a Grammy win, a good deal has been accomplished by the duo over the last six years. 2018, however, looks to be their biggest year yet with a smashing new release in the works.

The band answered some questions for us about their upcoming new release and how the guys have changed over the course of their careers thus far.

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What do former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle and Glee star Mark Salling have in common?

They both like kids…and not in same way Angelina Jolie likes kids…TMZ is reporting that the actor has just been arrested for possessing child porn.

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Salling’s ex-girlfriend tipped off cops who thoroughly investigated her allegations to ensure it wasn’t just an elaborate plot for revenge. When incriminating evidence came to light, they raided his Sunland home and seized his personal computer, which turned up hundreds of images. Authorities hauled Salling to the police station for booking.

LAPD's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force obtained a warrant and served it Tuesday morning. Police revealed that the images they captured from Salling's computer were of children significantly younger than 15 and 16 year olds.

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According to TMZ, cops claim there were more than a thousand images of "child sexual exploitation" found—they also seized Salling's other electronic devises to analyze.

Sadly, this is not the 33-year-old’s first brush with the law.

As Popdust previously reported, back in 2013, Salling was sued by ex-girlfriend Roxanne Gorzela, who said he committed sexual battery against her by forcing sex without a condom—Salling denied the allegation—the case was eventually settled for $2.7 million.

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Salling who played bad boy Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the hit Fox show for six seasons, was  most recently linked to Disney star Denyse Tontz.

The young and talented cast of Glee has already suffered its share of heartache.

In 2013, Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson in the musical series, was found dead in a room at the Fairmont Pacific Hotel in Vancouver, Canada.

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A coroner ruled that he died accidentally after drinking and overdosing on heroin. He was only 31-years old and was dating his Glee co-star Lea Michele at the time of his death.

Finneas O'Connell, who Gleeks might remember as Spencer's (Marshall Williams) love interest Alistair in the show's final season, is unapologetically pop with his rock band The Slightlys. Also comprised of Darius Dudley II (violin, bass), David Marinelli (drums) and Robby Fitzpatrick (lead guitar), the LA four-piece dive headfirst into sunny melodies and electric percussion. With their new single Desperate Measures, they detail how love "is a different kind of drug," O'Connell laps on the first verse. "You got me up and at ‘em," he begins, setting the stage for a boisterous, alert high-flyer. "Got me jones-ing for your touch. I can’t stand, I can’t stand without you. You fit me like a crutch. You’re a teenaged heart attacker. Got me going getting rough. You’re in my blood, you’re in my blood." Popdust is beyond excited to premiere the new anthem today (Oct. 14). You can listen to the full track below.

“'Desperate Measures' is about the moments in any relationship where you find yourself doing something enormously unpleasant for the other person and the blissful agony that accompanies it," the band tells us of the song, which was produced and mixed by Eric Palmquist (Night Riots) and mastered by John Greenham. "Maybe it's a 3 hour drive or an 8 hour flight, 29 texts or a sleepless night. The irrational, drive-yourself-crazy moments. The great lengths we all go to for the ones we love."

Desperate Measures samples the band's forthcoming new EP, expected in early 2016.


Take a listen to Desperate Measures now:

The Slightlys first met in 2012, when all members were competing in a battle of the bands at LA's Club Nokia. At the time, they were all in different groups but came together two years later to win the whole shebang. Their debut single Superhero soon followed and led to such high-profile gigs as The Warped Tour and The Twilight Concert Series.

O'Connell has also appeared on Modern Family and in the feature film Bad Teacher.

Stay tuned for The Slightlys updates. Be sure to follow @Popdust and @JasonTheScott on Twitter!