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‘Glee’ Photo Shoot Controversy

Glee is kind of like Lady Gaga. Every last pull for publicity works like a charm. The show’s stars Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Diana Agron recently posed for a racy photo shoot for men’s magazine GQ, which involved lots of bare skin, tight get-ups and an abundance of overall sluttiness. Basically, nothing new for a Glee-inspired magazine spread. This time, however, the Glee kids were met with protest. A  group known as the Parents Television Council thinks that the photo shoot went too far, even calling it pedophilic.  They released this statement:

Many children who flocked to High School Musical have grown into Glee fans. 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.

GQ’s editor-in-chief responded:

The Parents Television Council must not be watching much TV 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.

Of course these “kids” can do what they want. All the PTC is doing is pouring gasoline on the Glee fire. It’s seriously out of control. Every week, there’s a new gimmicky tribute episode that spawns hit pop songs and every week Glee is all over the TV, radio airwaves and, yes, magazine covers. There’s such an oversaturation of coverage that people are now doing Glee profiles that have already been done. Did anybody notice that the infamous GQ profile had already been done by Rolling Stone last spring? The editors at GQ didn’t even bother changing the title!

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