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Glee GQ Photoshoot Controversy

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Parent Television Council in uproar over Glee Photos

A parents group in the U.S. is outraged after Glee stars Lea Michele, 24 and Dianna Agron, 24, stripped off and posed in a variety of provocative schoolgirl outfits.   The highly suggestive photoshoot was done with notorious photographer … see full wiki

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  • Oct 22, 2010
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If you are an avid follower of Glee, you may have noticed the outrage and headlines in the news the past few days. Parent and Family organizations are OUTRAGED over a photo spread published in Novembers issue of GQ Magazine.  

The Parents Televsion Council released this statement

“It is disturbing that GQ, which is explicitly written for adult men, is sexualizing the actresses who play high school-aged characters on Glee in this way. It borders on pedophilia.

By authorizing this kind of near-pornographic display, the creators of the program have established their intentions on the show’s direction. And it isn't good for families.

Katie Couric was so outraged she took time out of her newscast to make a point about it. 

There was also a very heated discussion about it on the View

In my opinion, these photos are perfectly fine, given the setting (An adult male magazine) and the age of the actors (all in their mid 20's). 

It seems like The Parents Council hasn't watched Glee lately, since the subject of sex is covered heavily in the show. From loosing their virginity multiple times, teen pregnancy resulting from "fooling around in a hot tub" to the main character praying to Jesus that his girlfriend would get to 2nd base. They even had GIRL ON GIRL in the latest episode!

Is this clip of "Like a Virgin" appropriate for kids to watch? 

Yes these photos are suggestive, but they do not warrant the attention storm that has come from them. Since the Parents Television Council has put Glee on blast, these photos have been spread out and published all across the internet, on the television, exposing more children to them, who otherwise would have never been exposed to GQ in the first place. 

I don't think any child who isn't old enough to see these pictures is old enough to be watching Glee unsupervised. Yes, their songs are very kid friendly but this show is made for an older- teenage audience. 

Last month Lea Michele took her top off in Marie Claire...did anyone care?

I'm curious to hear what other people think. Do you think these photos are inappropriate for the Glee cast? 

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November 17, 2010
I'd have to (begrudgingly) agree. I didn't really think the photoshoot was all that much to get all fussed up over, either. I can certainly understand where some parents are coming from, but my response, in another forum, was "Well, then maybe you shouldn't let your kids read GQ." Of course, that just aggitated folks who thought I was making light of the issue, but I was being serious. If the kids don't have access to the objectionable material, then what's the big deal? Diane Lane (who I just love) was excellent in the G-rated SECRETARIAT, but did Disney get any blowback from the straight-to-DVD releases early in her career where she engaged in very lusty sexplay? I think that's the point I'm making. GLEE and GQ are two very different venues, and, the last I checked, all of these kids are "adults," so let it go.
November 01, 2010
I also agree that these photos don't warrant indignation from "The Parents Council" for they are intended for adults and not children (how many pre-pubescent kids do you know that subscribe to GQ?). There are FAR more risque pictures in the magazine world. "The Parent Council" should stick to slamming people like Mylie Cyrus who dances scantily clad for an audience younger than even herself. Nice review Aria!
October 22, 2010
I'm not usually much of a prude, but I do have to say, I think these pics are a tad bit inappropriate given the fan base of the show.  I do have mixed feelings about this though because at the same time, I do have to give the actors props for not conforming to the squeaky clean image that some others might expect them to.  It's why I feel bad for Disney stars for feeling such a need to live up to some standard that others expect of them, and then suffering major backlash when they don't.  In related news, this slightly resembles when Sesame Street cut Katy Perry's scene. This was an interesting read.  Thanks for sharing, Aria!
October 22, 2010
Not a fan of this series--and I am in full agreement with your write up. Nice work!
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