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Has anyone noticed the “Wicca Club” posters that have been popping up on Glee?

I first noticed it this week, in the episode called “The First Time.” If you watch the episode, you will notice a scene in which Rachel and Finn are talking next to the school bulletin board.  Behind them, to the left, there is a small red and black poster that says “Wicca Club.”

At least two other bloggers also caught the poster on the episode “Asian F.”

It looks something like this, only more blood-red and gothic in style:

Of course, the immediate question that comes to mind is, Why is the pentagram upside down?  Someone had to make that choice, and with the faux-scary, gothic look of the actual poster, I have a bad feeling about the real message here.  You could argue that the upside down star is stylized as an M for McKinley High School, but I think that’s a bit of a stretch, especially since the huge pentagram on the poster doesn’t appear to connect to the rest of the school’s name.

Glee has dealt with the issue of religion in the past, but it has done so either through Mercedes convincing Kurt that church ain’t so bad or the situational irony of a pregnant Celibacy Club president who always wears a cross around her neck.  For diversity’s sake, they made Puck Jewish and he mentions it now and then.

What, if anything, will the show do with a Wicca Club?  The season has hit the middle of sweeps and there is a constant need to find new controversy to fuel the plots.  One of the show’s challenges is to remain light and funny while tackling some important issues like homophobia, bullying, and physical/mental disability. Could Wicca be next?

I tend to doubt it will become a running storyline.  I can see it driving one episode where, perhaps, Santana turns witchy and conflict with the rest of the group ensues.  Throw in a performance of “Dear Mr. Crowley” and “Witchy Woman” and you have an episode in the box.  What more could they do with it?  Any ideas?

  16 Responses to “Wicca Club on Glee?”

  1. I noticed that, too, back on Asian F. (Actually, my daughter picked it out, and rewound to let me see it, lol.)

    I’m guessing that the pentagram is upside down just out of ignorance that it shouldn’t be. As much as this show tries to be positive about issues of bullying, diversity and acceptance of various differences, I can’t imagine them doing a show on Wicca and not trying to spin it in a positive way.

    And, just to mention, the star of the Glee club, Rachel Berry, is also Jewish, and they’ve had her mention her faith pretty regularly, though one of her fathers is African American and Muslim (they also have mentioned Rachel being in both the Black Students Club and the Muslim Students Club).

    I’m sure we can safely say that if a student comes up being Wiccan, it’s going to have to be Tina.

    (Sorry, to get all Gleek on you.)

  2. Good points. I thoughts about Tina, but thought it would be too obvious and a little boring unless it brought her into conflict with her parents, but a similar story is developing through Mike Chang.

    Rachel is Jewish, and it is mentioned a lot, but I don’t see it as being central to her character. It’s adjunct, like how Puck has a pool cleaning business.

  3. Jews are old hat. Jehovah’s Witnesses just aren’t any fun. Wicca is now the designated “Other.” You might have called it right on this one.

  4. [...] what they are at present?”At the Pagan Newswire Collective’s culture blog The Juggler, Tim Titus takes notice of the “Wicca Club” on the popular television show “Glee&#8…. Quote:  “What, if anything, will the show do with a Wicca Club?  The season has hit the [...]

  5. Hey Tim- that’s funny; waay back (in May 2010), I put up something called “Coming out” and TV Paganism: http://culture.pagannewswirecollective.com/2010/05/coming-out-and-tv-paganism/
    where I wrote that “I can easily see” Wicca being incorporated into Glee.

  6. I haven’t really watched Glee, but honestly, after hearing about this, I kind of wish I was a part of Glee just to correct them on it.

  7. I’m a wee bit concerned , we, the pagan community, doesn’t always……usualy dont get a fair shake on tv.I’m just hoping this one isn’t ridiculous , or sensational . The inverted pent has me worried as well. Charmed was interesting at first , altho typical hollywood nonsence , but got just plain wierd after a while. And the new show Secret Circle is a witchy 90120 w/ teen age angst and drama.We’ll see , but i’m not holding my breath our kind will be treated fairly by hollywood . Based on past experience. Kilm

  8. Zan: I think your thesis in your post gives us hope. Glee doesn’t go for shock value much, so it may skip on the the “Will and Grace only Wiccan” stage (with songs, of course). Tina and Santana are the obvious potential witches, but it would be cool if maybe Finn went Wiccan.

  9. I just wanted to mention that the inverted pentagram does have a historical and orthopraxic precedence in Wicca, not the Neo-Wicca in popular culture, however, but in British Traditional Wicca. In this form of Traditional Wicca, as eschewed by the Farrars, Gardner, and Doreen Valiente (The Mother of Modern Witchcraft), the inverted pentagram represents a Traditional symbol of Second Degree Initiation, and, of course, the Horned God of Wicca, often depicted as a Stag. Just thought I would throw in a tidbit or two!

    Faoi Bhrat Bride Sinn!
    ~Daniel SnowKestra;

  10. Daniel: I think most of us are aware of this, but I find it unlikely that the producers of Glee were going for deeper representations of the mysteries of Gardnerian Wicca.

  11. [...] has been popping up on posters recently on Glee? Some sharp-eyed viewers say it’s an ad for a “Wicca Club” at the fictional McKinley High School, where those golden-throated kiddos give their diaphragms a [...]

  12. As an avid Glee watcher, it looks simply like an upside down pentacle. I think the producers of the show were trying to do something positive, but forget to do their due diligence.

  13. When “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” featured “Wicca” from Season 3 onwards (first, a brief mention in the episode “Gingerbread”), there was a lot of outcry — both from Christians and Wiccans themselves. Do you think something similar would occur if it were featured significantly on “Glee”?

  14. Maybe they could also perform some Therion. “To Mega Therion” is an epic and it would be… fun… to watch.

    Well, maybe the pentagram is upside down to represent the womb. I have seen some friends of mine wearing it upside down for that reason, so it would be quite harmless.
    I just hope they won’t do as True Blood, where Wiccans could “fly” and control the dead. And ah, of course, their spirits could also possess people and turn invisible, and some more things. While everything was acceptable in the fantasy realm, it still did quite a damage, because they wanted to kill the vampires and weren’t very afraid of killing the humans in their way.
    Not nice at all, but well. Glee’s audience is bigger, and a negative, false approach of the subject would but much more harmful to our image.

  15. Of course, the immediate question that comes to mind is, Why is the pentagram upside down? Someone had to make that choice, and with the faux-scary, gothic look of the actual poster, I have a bad feeling about the real message here. You could argue that the upside down star is stylized as an M for McKinley High School, but I think that’s a bit of a stretch, especially since the huge pentagram on the poster doesn’t appear to connect to the rest of the school’s name.

  16. Thanks again for the blog article.Really thank you! Really Cool.

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