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'Glee' GQ Backlash: Much Ado about Nothing?

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Many moms have twisted their granny panties in a wad over an uber ramped-up, camped-up photo spread in GQ Magazine that features "Glee" stars Lea Michele and Dianna Agron licking lollipops in locker rooms and straddling benches, all while scantily clad.

Apparently, many "Gleek" moms, including Katie Couric, felt compelled to state how disenchanted they were with the whole sitch, as many teens watch the show, and -- who knew? -- it has a stealth audience of 8- and 9-year-olds! Couric said she watches the show with her 14-year-old daughter and was disappointed because the GQ photos were "un-'Glee'-like" and "raunchy."

They are! They are totally un-"Glee"-like and raunchy, but I believe that was the point.

Yesterday, I had the privilege of giving an Associated Press reporter my two cents about the whole "Glee"/GQ backlash. I told her it's up to parents to filter what their kids come across, and that if I were Agron and Michele, I'd be out there working my fine self as well!

Here are my three remaining thoughts on the matter:

First, let's put this in perspective here, mmm'kay? When Britney Spears first hit the scene, I'll never forget tsking away at this huge photo shoot she did with Rolling Stone -- a shoot VERY similar to this one -- wherein she was in naughty high-school-Lolita garb, panties in plain view, beckoning the camera to twist her into all sorts of illegal shapes and sizes.I tsked because this happened when she was 16 years old.

But I tsk not in this instance. Why? These women deserve the right not to wear whatever they want in a photo shoot, because contrary to popular belief, they are not really Quinn and Rachel. These are ACTORS people -- ACTORS in their 20s, where one of their most valued commodities is how good they look. For a young actor, living within the confines of a single character is not only limiting, it's potentially damaging. Photo shoots like these are mini acting opportunities that allow them to portray someone other than themselves or their characters, and potentially get cast as leading ladies or ax murders in their next projects, for instance.

Second, I actually kind of beg to differ that this shoot is "un-'Glee'-like." Ryan Murphy created this show as a send-up of high school for adults or teens close to adulthood, and it's chock-full of provocative scenarios each and every week. Just last episode, Brittany and Santana were making out for sport and referencing a lesbian sex act known as "scissoring." I would shield my kids from this -- not at all because it involved same-sex action, but because it's action, PERIOD. I would shield them from Rachel simulating a blow job, also! Aside from the musical numbers, "Glee" is mostly for grownups.

Finally, if your 8- or 9-year-old comes across this photo spread and is aware of it, mom-up and consider it as one of those "teachable moments." As much as we may want to, we can't possibly shield our children from sex, drugs and rock-and-roll forever and ever, but we can pay attention to what they see and do and talk openly with them about things they see that they may not be equipped to understand.

Ask your 9-year-old daughter how she feels about the clothing and whether or not she thinks it's cool, then insert your two cents there. See it as an opportunity for open convo whereby you can learn where your kid is at and gently guide them in whatever you consider the right direction.

What do you guys think? Do you find the photo shoot offensive?


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XXXX October 22, 2010, 3:53 PM

They’re adult actors. Get over it people!

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Rita October 22, 2010, 9:11 PM

Love the comment about moms in granny panties…they’re the only ones complaining about this!!!

Those of us who are comfortable with our sexuality see nothing wrong with these pics! They need to get over it and perhaps get some, maybe then they’ll feel better.

Rita October 22, 2010, 9:29 PM

BTW, not all moms wear granny panties. There are some of us that prefer thongs and low-rise, no-show panties.

Panty lines are not classy.

Anonymous October 22, 2010, 9:45 PM

I agree with you!

K8 October 23, 2010, 8:29 AM

It’s a friggin’ fraggin’ MEN’s magazine! sheesh

really October 23, 2010, 9:00 AM

Standard stuff for the biz. But I would NOT let an 8 or 9 year old watch it. Don’t complain about it unless both arms are broken and you can’t use the remote to turn it off!

Natalie October 23, 2010, 10:49 AM

Uh how many little kids are reading GQ? I dont see how their offended by this? They dont need to look at it if they dont want too…

Wannabeer October 23, 2010, 7:05 PM

YES, it’s offensive. Not because of the “schoolgirl” angle, although, you know that’s part of it. (If you knew anything about the photographer, you’d know that sleaze and schoolgirls is something he specializes in.) It’s offensive because it’s nearly pornographic, not in the least artsy, and it’s designed around a male fantasy. There is nothing empowering about this shoot, it’s about how looking like a sexy young girl gets you male attention. Agron has already tweeted her regrets. You should too.

Katie October 23, 2010, 8:11 PM

Disagree with this persons opinion, if they appeared in the magazine alone or separate photo ops, it would be different. Considering the only affiliation they have with each other is a kids TV show, it IS wrong. It is putting Glee out there and making it sexy when the show itself isn’t overall meant to be sexy. They are taking advantage of the situation and as most pointless actresses and actors, it is all about selling sex. It would be a nice day if people could be admired for their brains and contributions to society. I actually liked them until I saw these disgusting photographs. Stop being sluts people, it is NOT about being comfortable. It is about morals.

Robin October 24, 2010, 8:33 AM

Glee is NOT a kids show!!! It is a Prime-time show for young adults; what kind of parents are letting their young kids watch this kind of adult content?!

Rita October 24, 2010, 1:38 PM

WTF Katie?!? Glee is NOT a kids show, nor is it a family-friendly show. It never was to begin with.

My 9 year old watches it with us sometimes, but she’s mature enough to know it’s just a show and she knows what’s right and wrong. She’s not going to see the GQ pictures so I don’t see anything wrong with the pics. Hey, if you have it, flaunt it!

Emma October 24, 2010, 8:11 PM

Katie i strongly suggest that you watch the show since it is very obvious you have never seen it. Glee is everything BUT a kid’s show.

Leah October 25, 2010, 5:21 AM

Wannabeer -Agron did not “tweet” any regrets. Her statement was that she’s sorry if people feel “uncomfortable” with the pictures, but it’s part of playing a character. She also said if people were offended because what if children see this her response the real issue would be the parents who would give the child access to the magazine.

They are adults. The pics are beautiful. The show is not for children to begin with so everyone needs to get over it.

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micky December 29, 2010, 12:24 AM

Glee GQ photshoot remains in the controversies as Lea Michele and Dianna was only main part of show. Earlier I had read a review about Glee GQ photoshoot

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