The Parents Television Council has an axe to grind with “Glee.” The conservative watchdog group has taken aim at tonight’s episode of the Fox series, which features two teen couples – one gay, one straight – having sex for the first time.
The PTC’s objection isn’t about the genders of the show’s characters – it’s about their ages.
“The fact that ‘Glee’ intends to not only broadcast, but celebrate children having sex is reprehensible,” said PTC president Tim Winter in a statement via EW. “The gender of the high school characters involved is irrelevant. Teen sex is now more prevalent on TV than adult sex and ‘Glee’ is only playing into that trend. Research proves that television is a teen sexual super peer that can, and likely will, influence a teen’s decision to become sexually active. Fox knows the show inherently attracts kids; celebrating teen sex constitutes gross recklessness.”
Winter went on to slam series creator Ryan Murphy, citing a remark Murphy made on a Bravo show in 2004. “Few parents realize the creator of ‘Glee’ also demonstrated his taste for the depths of depravity in creating ‘Nip/Tuck’, a program in which no taboo was too extreme to violate,” Winter said. “In fact, he stated publicly that his legacy may be to make possible a rear-entry scene on broadcast television. If past behavior is any indicator, parents can expect ‘Glee’ to continue down this dangerous path.” (Murphy’s original quote was: “Hopefully I have made it possible for somebody on broadcast television to do a rear-entry scene in three years. Maybe that will be my legacy.”)
Neither Fox nor Murphy have responded to the PTC’s comments. But in an earlier interview with EW, “Glee” star Chris Colfer said he expected tonight’s episode, aptly titled “The First Time,” to draw criticism. “I absolutely expect to hear from [watchdog groups],” Colfer said. “It’s funny, I always go into this instant panic state whenever they tell me about upcoming episodes, because we always do so many delicate situations on the show. But then I get the script and we shoot it and it’s always handled so well that I never really had any reason to worry about it.”
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