A trio of stars from the hit Fox series “Glee” have pissed off fans, parents, and the media in general with their latest promotional gig. Lea Michele, Dianna Agron, and Corey Monteith all appear on the November issue of the men’s lifestyle magazine GQ, and to make a long story short, the women are dressed like skanks and the man is covered from head to toe. This blatant contrast has people up and arms. Some are even claiming that the shoot encourages “borderline pedophilia!” Take a look at the photos and see for yourself if the negative backlash is deserved…
The basic reasoning behind the negative press are these glaring issues: Agron and Michelle are barely dressed, Monteith is fully clothed (even sporting layers in some shots), and the outfits the women are wearing have a high school theme. There are several things that you have to first take into consideration. GQ is a men’s magazine and the majority of their readers probably don’t watch “Glee” therefore this is their way of getting them interested in the show. It’s that old school formula of “sex sells, and it’s sad but true.
PTC president Tim Winter recently sent out a statement to the media that revealed his organization’s disgust with the magazine and the actresses’ decision to partake in such a risque spread.
“It is 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. Sadly, this is just 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. 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 the program have established their intentions on the show’s direction. And it isn’t good for families.
I can see both sides of the coin, the actors are all adults (24 and 28 years old) and have the right to promote themselves and their careers in other ways outside of the show. BUT they could have done it in a more tasteful way. I wouldn’t have such a problem with these photos if they were actually sexy. They’re not. They look awkward. Michele is trying entirely too hard (close your mouth please) and her open-legged crotch shot isn’t exactly subtle. You can be sexy and beautiful but these photos are neither. They could have come to a happy medium if they really tried, but unfortunately the editorial and cover are trashy and cheap looking.
What do you think of the Glee GQ spread? Is it being blown out of proportion?