Cheer is just another one of those classic Netflix shows that romanticizes and tries too hard to make an inspiring story out of an unglamorous situation. It might have broken down the popular high schooler stereotype of cheerleaders, but it created yet another for people to buy into and pay for: a sport that perfectly unites broken people asking to be saved. The cheer team at Navarro is not the picture-perfect story Netflix tried to make them out to be, and no fancy camera trick will help that. Soon after the series was filmed, Lexi Brumback was caught for drug use and kicked off the team.
In September 2020, not even a year after the airing of the series, Jerry Harris was arrested and charged with producing child sex images.
For a few months, Cheer might have captivated audiences and celebrities alike, but now, just a short time after the series ended, its flawless cover has already shattered to pieces.
What we need in quarantine is a dose of reality. We need to understand that problems in our life sometimes don’t just disappear, and it’s better to learn to live with them than to turn to an ideal, whether that is cheerleading or something else, to try and wash it away. The economic and social issues that have come out of the pandemic are not things that a mere sport or activity will resolve, and Cheer paints a horribly unrealistic image of what life is.