Glee Gets Racy With GQ
Published: Sunday, November 7, 2010
Updated: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 10:11
"Glee" stars Lea Michele and Dianna Agron are taking some heat after pictures from their photo shoot for the November issue of GQ magazine were recently released.
The feature story in GQ, titled "Glee Gone Wild," reveals photos of Michele and Agron wearing barely any clothing. In the cover shot Michele has no pants on, Agron is wearing a short skirt, and the show's other star, Cory Monteith, has his hands on both of their backsides. Other photos that were released show the women wearing only bras and underwear, while standing in sexually provocative positions.
The "Glee" stars raised eyebrows with the release of the photos, and caught the attention of the Parents Television Council who found it "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."
The association with pedophilia arises because, though the actresses are in their twenties, their characters are not. Since they are posing in a high school setting in the photos, and with props that are seen in educational institutions, it can be argued that they are essentially posing as their 17-year-old television counterparts.
"As actresses on a television show that younger audiences watch, these girls are held to a higher standard. It does not matter if they only portray 17 year olds. They are role models and should act accordingly, and age appropriately," said junior psychology major Emily Lager
What is age appropriate for "Glee" then? It is currently rated TV-14, and in its first season the show was aired at 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. Now in its second season, Fox set the airtime to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. The network wanted to increase the number of viewers from a slightly younger audience. But, since the second season has begun, there has been breast-touching, masturbation and dry humping incorporated into the show.
These are not exactly appropriate themes for the younger audiences.
With the way this season of "Glee" has been pushing the envelope, it is not surprising that the GQ photo spread would become as scandalous as it has.