The Parents Television Council went berserk this week when GQ Magazine released photos from their November issue featuring scantily clad ‘Glee‘ castmates Lea Michele and Dianna Agron with co-star Cory Monteith.
The PTC called the pics “disturbing,” claiming that the cover [seen below] of the male-targeted magazine “borders on pedophilia.” The PTC went on to explain, “By authorizing this kind of near-pornographic display, the creators of [‘Glee’] have established their intentions on the show’s direction. And it isn’t good for families.” GQ‘s editor in chief issued a response statement saying, “The Parents Television Council must not be watching much TV these days and should learn to divide reality from fantasy. As often happens in Hollywood, these ‘kids’ are in their twenties. Cory Montieth’s almost 30! I think they’re old enough to do what they want.”
Do you think GQ went too far with this pictorial? After all, it is a men’s magazine sexualizing twenty-somethings who play high schoolers. Or are the photos, by acclaimed fashion photographer Terry Richardson, pure entertainment? Would it have been wiser for the mag to have used another setting – say, a bar – for the photos instead of a high school? Below, our favorite comments of the week (note: typos are from users):
Lisa: Absolutely the PTC has a right to complain about the shoot. Being a former Glee Club participant 30 years ago and now working with sexual predators I can tell you that the predators are going to run with this. They will get it in their mind that all high school glee club students look like these actor/actresses, buy tickets to their local school performances, fantasize about the children in those performances and then use the GQ shoot/pictures as their excuse. This type of journalism encourages sexual fantasy and play with children and it is appauling. The actor/actresses, Glee production staff and editors of GQ should be embarrassed and ashamed of themselves.
ok breathe deep: Should there be censorship of TV shows about doctors because they behave in an inappropriate way? how about The Good Wife? shows lawyers not at their best. These are ACTORS, Lea and Cory are not kids, they are young adults..I am not sure how old Dianne is but old enough. If someone wants to read something unsavory into anythig they can. sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
GMC: PTC is right on the money! The pictures look like they are a lay-out for the soft porn mags. These are supposed to be HIGH SCHOOL students, not college co-eds gone wild. And people wonder why there is so much trouble about sex in our teen socity! If you want to be a come on to every child pervert out there…keep it going as it is. I won’t be watching anymore if this is going to be the norm.
zaz: my wife, my pre-teen daughter and i all love Glee. however, the show has been going a bit too far lately, at least for me, and the photo shoot crosses the line…again, at least for me. therefore, i will do what we all can do…what we all have a right to do. i will choose. and i will choose to no longer watch Glee. and as a parent, i will choose to supervise what my child watches. Glee is no longer on her list either. no rants, no judgment. just a friggin choice.
David Conley: They’re just being kids. We live in a sexually charged society and nothing can be done about it. If the age of consent were 16 nobody would care. Your children are sexual people. As are mine. The more you condemn the more they rebel. If you talk to your 15 through 18 year olds you’ll find out they know more than you do about sex. Doesn’t mean they’re doing it but they might be. Instead of fretting about it get to know who they’re hanging out with and talk freely with them about the negative ramifications of teenage sex (disease, pregnancy, objectification). Give your kids the benefit of the doubt and you’ll be surprised at their actions. It will have much more impact than Glee ever could. Kids know TV is over the top. Like it is with adults, it’s just entertainment not a model to live by.
aunt_deen: Unsurprisingly, PTC goes a bit far in its language. I wouldn’t use the words “near-pornographic” to describe these photos. But GQ has crossed a line. Yes, these are adult actors, and if the photoshoot has just been of Lea Michele (or any of them) in her underwear, naked, whatever, I would have no objection. But putting her in a high-school settings and with high-school accoutrements in such a highly sexual photo is not okay. Adult men SHOULD NOT be encouraged to view teenagers in a sexual light. The actors, their management, and GQ have all exercised poor judgment here.
Phasehead: Wait… I just saw someone profess to love Glee, but will now stop watching because of this photoshoot…Does anyone remember SEASON ONE where the captain of the cheer team was pregnant and LYING about who the father was…? Or how about that insane wife who was LYING ABOUT BEING PREGNANT? Oh oh oh, what about the pregnant captain of the cheer team having been the president of the celibacy club. But, this PHOTOSHOOT will teach your child bad things about life? Are you bleeping serious people? Get a grip and get over yourselves. Find something worthwhile and develop some sincere thoughts about it.
dixonjones: My daughter is 13 yrs old and we love to watch Glee together. No, I would not like her to see these risque pics; however, she would never have had to see them if the PTC did not cause such a stink. Because of this, the pics are all over the web and television, where all children are subject to them. We have watched every episode and have found them funny and enjoyable. I would not give up that hour that she and I get to spend together withy no siblings and interruptions for anything. However, I do feel that Glee crossed the line on their last episode when the two girls were making out because one of their boyfriends was in the juvenile justice system. It shocked me. This was too much; however, it did give me the opportunity to have an open dialogue with my daughter about it. Yes, I feel that television goes too far, but I am a responsible parent who will actually take the time to view something with my child or let them know why I do not feel that a program is appropriate. PTC, I can raise my own children just fine and it is up to me to decide the boundaries, not you!