When the Emmys’ producers’ announced that Cory Moneith would be among the five deceased honorees singled out during the In Memoriam segment, a lot of people got their nose out of joint.
He was on one show, he was barely over 30, he died of a drug overdose, they moaned.
But the reality was Monteith’s passing reached a younger generation that didn’t think much about mortality—unlike the viewers who mourned Jack Klugman, and Larry Hagman, who were placed in the general death list.
And, the practical reality is that desirable young viewers would likely tune in if there was a tribute to Monteith, the Glee star who died in July of an accidental overdose.
Whether it was it smart television or was it pandering to a youth demographic is a matter of opinion. But the Emmys tribute to Monteith was tasteful and heartfelt, with Jane Lynch speaking about the “painful death in our family” Glee suffered.
“From the first time you saw Cory, he had a star quality and genuine sweetness that made it impossible not to fall in love with him. And millions did fall in love with Cory … and I’m here to say that all that warmth and that charm and that openhearted quality that we loved in Cory was no act.
Cory was a beautiful soul. He was not perfect, which many of us here tonight can relate to. His death is a tragic reminder of the rapacious, senseless destruction that is brought on by addiction.
Tonight we remember Cory for all he was and mourn the loss of all he could have been. To a generation that loved Cory so, please know this gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love.
And if you were lucky enough to know Cory as we did, and witness firsthand Cory’s goofy, breezy sense of humor, his natural instinct for inclusiveness and his unbridled sense of generosity day in and day out, I promise you have loved him even more.
And that, along with the upcoming Glee tribute to Monteith and his character, Finn, will be the coda on a life ended far too soon.