The cover of the new GQ magazine has three of the actors from “Glee” in provocative poses and scantily clad, according to MTV. Members of the Parents Television Council immediately released a statement saying that the shoot “borders on pedophilia.” Lea Michele, Corey Monteith and Dianna Agron are featured on the cover and throughout the new edition of the magazine. Co-star Mark Salling came to their defense, saying that all of the actors on the show who portray teenagers are in their 20s, and are well within their rights to participate in the photo shoot.
At the age of 15, Miley Cyrus was on the cover of Vanity Fair dressed in nothing but a sheet. She apologized to fans, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, saying that she is “embarrassed” by the images.
Apparently she’s gotten over her embarrassment. Miley’s latest music video for her single “Who Owns My Heart” is also being blasted by the Parents Television Council. The starlet appears scantily clad in the video while moving around on a bed. The issue with the video is that Miley is currently just 17 years old, according to MTV.
When leaked photos of “High School Musical” star Vanessa Hudgens hit the web in 2007, she had to apologize to legions of fans. Hudgens was 18 at the time. The same thing happened again in 2009, when more pictures of her leaked, even though she said she learned her lesson the first time.
One staff blogger on Yahoo! Shine wonders how and why these photos were “leaked” in the first place. If Hudgens truly learned her lesson, don’t you think these photos would have stayed private, like they should have the first time?
Jamie Lynn Spears
After Jamie Lynn Spears got pregnant at age 16, she returned to Louisiana to raise the child. When Casey Aldridge, father to infant Maddie, snapped a photo of Spears breastfeeding the baby, he had them developed at Wal-Mart.
Perhaps Aldridge should have gotten his own photo printer. The clerk at Wal-Mart recognized the starlet and kept some photos for himself. When the photos went viral in 2008, the Spears family had some more damage control to do, according to TopSocialite.com.
“Glee” Versus Cyrus
Calling the “Glee” photos “pedophilia” is a bit much. Whoever on the Parents Television Council deemed the photos as such must not have known that the actors in the shoot were of adults. Yes, “Glee” is about high school students, and many high school kids watch. Other important issues on the show have involved sexuality and teen pregnancy, which would seem to be just as risqué as these photos in GQ.
However, these actors are not teenagers, and shouldn’t back down. I think the controversy is more about the show being about high school and less about the possibility of parents being upset. Parents should be more concerned about Miley Cyrus, who is still a teenager and doing wilder things than the cast of “Glee.” Miley’s “Hannah Montana” is a Disney Channel show geared toward families that does not push the envelope for what is appropriate viewing. In the end, parents should be taking a more active role in what their children are exposed to regarding television and media in the first place.
Vena, Jocelyn, “GQ ‘Glee’ Photos Are ‘Not A Big Deal’ Mark Salling Says”, MTV.com.
San Francisco Chronicle, “Cyrus Apologizes for Vanity Fair Photos”, SFGate.com.
Ziegbe, Mawuse, “Miley Cyrus ‘Who Owns My Heart’ Video Blasted By Parents Television Council”, MTV.com.
Douglas, Joanna, “Vanessa Hudgens takes more nude pics: Hasn’t she learned her lesson?” Shine.Yahoo.com.
Top Socialite, “Jamie Lynn Spears: Breastfeeding Pic Scandal”, TopSocialite.com.