A recent GQ photoshoot featuring the cast of GLEE has attracted a lot of controversy. The spread features the cast members posing provacatively in school-girl outfits in school settings.
National media platforms have weighed in with negative points of view, and The Parents Television Council released this statment: “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.
Diana Agron, who plays Quinn, responded to the critcism on her blog: “If you are hurt or these photos make you uncomfortable, it was never our intention.”
Ok. Here’s the deal. These photos were taken for a high-fashion men’s magazine, not for Sesame Street. We are consistently seeing photos in this magazine that are far racier than these photos. It’s outrgeous to think these photos need to be censored because these actors appear in a mainstream primetime show. Jennifer Anniston – America’s sweetheart – has appeared naked on the cover of this magazine and no one said a peep. Does this photo look familiar?
Why the controversy now? Is it because these actors play highschool students?
Just so we’re clear, the actors in the photos are are not highschool students, they are adults – Diana Agron and Lea Michelle are both 24 years old; Corey Montieth is 28. And just so we’re even clearer, this show – which all the sudden has been made out to be this innocent family friendly show – is not Full House. Glee has been featuring adult themed story lines from the beginning. Let’s not forget that the innocent cheerleader, Quinn, is an un-wed teenager who had a baby.
The truth is: these photos are a sensationalized depiction of the school-girl fantasy. This school-girl fantasy is not new. These photos are harmless. If you are an outraged parent, then talk to your kids about what’s appropriate and inappropriate, and explain to them that these kinds of photos are make believe.
If nothing else, I think these photos encourage people not to drop out of school. They certainly make school seem exciting. I think Barak Obama should use them in his “Stay In School” Campaign.
What do you think?