Raise your hand if you saw this one coming: The Parents Television Council has come down hard on a GQ Magazine photo shoot featuring the three leads of Fox’s ‘Glee,’ claiming that the cover and inside pictorial “borders on pedophilia.”
Other snaps from the shoot showcase Michele in barely-there underwear and knee socks, straddling a lock room bench in panties and a push-up bra, and posing “strict schoolteacher”-like in lingerie and heels and wielding a pointer that may as well be a riding crop.
Agron’s raciest attire, meanwhile, is the occasional satin bra and assorted pleated skirts.
Here’s a look at the cover shot and Michele’s most eye-opening pose:
The PTC calls the photo series “disturbing,” arguing that GQ, which targets an adult male audience, “is sexualizing the actresses who play high school-aged characters on ‘Glee.’”
Although both Michele and Agron are 24 in real life (and Monteith is 28), PTC President Tim Winter derides GQ for delivering “the latest example of the overt sexualization of young girls in entertainment.”
“Many children who flocked to ‘High School Musical’ have grown into ‘Glee’ fans,” Winter says in his statement. “They are now being treated to seductive, in-your-face poses of the underwear-clad female characters posing in front of school lockers, one of them opting for a full-frontal crotch shot. 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.”
In response, GQ‘s editor in chief issued a 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.”
Fox declined to comment on the PTC’s criticisms.
The PTC’s missive goes on – at considerable length – to posit that ‘Glee’ cocreator Ryan Murphy’s assumed approval of this photo shoot theme is part of some larger plan that the man who also gave TV ‘Nip/Tuck’ has “to remove every barrier to the depiction of explicit sex on TV.” But you can read that tangent at the PTC website, if you so desire.
Do you think the PTC has a point, seeing as the ‘Glee’ characters of Rachel and Quinn are teenagers in high school and GQ targets grown men?