Cory Monteith Emmy Tribute Stirs Debate
A Variety article questioning the appropriateness of a Cory Monteith memorial tribute at this Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards is causing lot of debate.
Monteith, who struggled with substance abuse issues for years, died of a heroin overdose in a Toronto hotel room last July. The trade mag questions whether the Canadian-born actor — best known for playing singing jock Finn on the FOX musical-comedy Glee — encompasses the “body of work worthy of such special treatment.”
“When Monteith’s name is elevated alongside the other four people who are being elevated from the usual In Memoriam reel — actors James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton and Jonathan Winters and writer-producer Gary David Goldberg — his inclusion risks coming across ill-considered. The unspoken, uncomfortable truth of the matter is that while the work he did on Glee showed great promise, it was not equal to the incredible careers the other four amassed.”
The piece further notes that Monteith was one of the few Glee stars who failed to receive a single Emmy nod.
What do you think? Does Cory Monteith deserve a special Emmy tribute?