The Glee cast before Hollywood corrupted them. Glee is a show about teens in high school, not porn school
By Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES |
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A racy photo shoot for men’s magazine GQ featuring three “Glee” cast members raised eyebrows on Wednesday, provoking terms like “creepy” and “pedophilia” and questions over whether the popular TV musical show is becoming over-exposed.
Short skirts, high heels, scanty panties and provocative poses featuring lollipops dominate the November issue photoshoot featuring Lea Michele (Rachel), Dianna Agron (Quinn) and Corey Monteith (Finn) that plays with the high school setting of the Emmy-award winning television show. All three actors are in their 20s.
The Parents Television Council watchdog group said the photos “border on pedophilia,” given the adult male readership of GQ. “This is just the latest example of the overt sexualization of young girls in entertainment,” the PTC added.
“Glee”, a sometimes dark, subversive comedy featuring a high school choir, has taken U.S. pop culture by storm since its 2009 debut. Superstars like Madonna, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga readily agreed to license their songs to the show.
The program has produced three best-selling albums, won two Emmys and deals boldly with issues like sex, disability, and gay bullying. It is regularly watched by some 13.4 million U.S. viewers and has a strong youth following.
Broadcaster Fox on Wednesday declined to comment on the PTC statement. But GQ editor in chief Jim Nelson said that the watchdog group “should learn to divide reality from fantasy.”
“As often happens in Hollywood, these ‘kids’ are in their twenties. Cory Monteith’s almost 30. I think they’re old enough to do what they want,” Nelson said
Bob Thompson, professor of popular culture at Syracuse University, brushed off the PTC comments, noting that “Glee” had never been a “kiddie show” despite attracting teens.
“From the very beginning, ‘Glee’ has dealt with pot, teen pregnancy and gay sexuality.
“This is a show that has definitely got adult themes. The GQ shoot demonstrates it isn’t just a show for teeny boppers,” Thompson told Reuters. (Teen pregnancy is a teen issue, not adult. This is a show for high school kids about high school kids. These photos are about porn. Porn is NOT for high school kids. And these stars did NOT make the decision to pose for this shoot. That was an EXECUTIVE DECISION!).
But Salon.com writer Mary Elizabeth Williams said GQ’s playing up of the sexy teen angle was “just creepy”.
Los Angeles Times TV writer Mary McNamara, noting that Monteith remains fully clothed, expressed dismay that young women still feel the need to pose so provocatively. Michele, she wrote “seems to be auditioning for a live action version of Japanese anime porn.”
The Washington Post’s Celebritology blog said the GQ shoot was “the latest evidence that the ‘Glee’ hype machine might be starting to spiral out of control”.
Thompson said he had long felt that “Glee” is over-rated by the media. But he noted that one of its consistent themes was tolerance and “that’s a pretty good message for a kid, even though it gets there with a lot of dicey content.”
Another classic example of how America’s entertainment works to pornify our youth. Some of the comments in this article lead me to believe some of these people either don’t care or just plain don’t get it. While this show has dealt with many tough subjects, the way they deal with these subjects is by teaching responsibility for actions. It may be dicey content but is shown in a way to teach respect for themselves and each other. This photo shoot teaches the exact opposite.
The video of the photo shoot that was plastered all over TV was even more disturbing. Seeing these “high school” kids acting like nothing more than pornstars was both creepy and upsetting. What the kids wouldn’t have seen in a paper magazine was posted all over TV and the internet so are our News Sources any better?? It’s like when they talk about prostitution, sex trafficking and porn. They start the segment by showing a bunch of leggy, scantily dressed women on the street, pan to women barely covered girating around a pole. I always find it amazing to see our News Sources using the same sensationalism of sex when they are covering a story about the bad side of the sex industries. The Glee photo shoot coverage was no different.
The average viewers cannot determine the difference between fantasy and reality in entertainment. To the average viewer, these actors are high school kids. This photo shoot and the videos that have surfaced will only draw mens attention to high school girls even more. Porn already has promoted pedophilia this way and the proof of their actions is seen in the pandemic rise of men abusing underage girls and getting away with it everyday in America.
What we’re seeing here, mark my word, is the crossover from mainstream to porn. The opposite of what we all hear about which is the ocassional crossover pornstar that gets an “indie” or “cable” role (never true mainstream). People need to wake up and realize if this type of pornifying our youth continues, America will become a country of pedophiles and deviant sex predators on a scale that we will not be able to recover from!!
Or . . . . maybe this is just another example that we are already there!!