During the 2015 semester at Greendale, school board members Carl and Richie caused a scandal by cancelling a Gay pride parade that was to be held on campus. To combat the negative press they decided to promote Craig Pelton to a position on the school board. They hoped he'd be their token Gay board member and proof that Greendale was tolerant of people's sexuality. In the middle of his request Richie started doing a parody of the Dolly Parton song "Jolene" and changed the lyrics to "Gay Dean". Pelton was reluctant to accept their offer feeling that coming out as a gay man was not really representative of what his orientation truly was. Nevertheless he decided to go along with their plan and became something of a gay icon on campus. The song "Gay Dean" is heard at various times in the Season Six episode "Queer Studies & Advanced Waxing".
Song and lyrics
"Gay Dean" version
Original song and lyrics
|"Jolene" is a song written and originally performed by country music superstar Dolly Parton. The song was loosely based on a real life incident when a bank teller flirted with Parton's husband. It was released in 1973 and became a number one single on the country music charts. It also had some crossover appeal appearing on pop and adult contemporary music charts as well. The popularity of the song still endures as it has been covered by a number of musicians. This includes artists from around the world such as Australian singer Olivia Newton-John, Persian singer Leila Forouhar and Detroit band The White Stripes. Covers of "Jolene" also span different genres of music including versions from Punk band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes (link), Indie Pop and Jazz artist Susanna and the Magical Orchestra (link) and Parton's own goddaughter Pop vocalist Miley Cyrus (link).
|According to Community writer Alex Rubens, they had originally planned to use Dolly Parton's "Jolene" in a Season Five episode. It was to be a fictional Weird Al Yankovic parody song inspired by the 1990 goth film "The Crow" called "Crowlene". Rubens tweeted a copy of the lyrics on his Twitter account.