GQ Glee photos have been roundly condemned rather quickly. The GQ Glee photos are merely the latest to get slammed for overly sexualizing young teens. However, since these young teens are the stars of TV’s hottest – and potentially most overexposed – show, the buzz has been even more heated. Although the magazine editor has defended the pictures and the subjects, others have not been so forgiving. Thus far, the bashing has included the Parents Television Council, bloggers, and even Katie Couric.
Fox’s mega-hit musical had actually been sidelined this week due to the NLCS. However, their big tribute to The Rocky Horror Picture Show is set for next week, and had been building up hype. But these magazine pictures, and the negativity they have spawned, have overshadowed the actual show for the moment.
The GQ Glee photos naturally starred the show’s most publicized, photogenic cast members, as Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Dianna Agron posed together. However, the manner in which Michele and Agron are posed – and are barely dressed – has started a firestorm.
The Parents Television Council was quick to condemn the pictures after they leaked ahead of schedule yesterday. Since the PTC is often accused of overreacting and being reactionary, their bashing may not have been taken seriously at first. But others are coming down hard as well, although they may not have gone as far as the PTC, which said the photo shoot “borders on pedophilia.”
Much of the fury about the photos is over the young girls, of course. It has already been pointed out that Monteith has all his clothes on, whereas Agron and Michele are more revealing. In particular, Michele’s pictures have been accused of being particularly over the line.
However, those involved have defended themselves thus far, as GQ Editor-in-Chief Jim Nelson said that the youngsters were old enough to do what they want. In particular, he pointed out that Monteith is in his late 20s – although his look is not under fire.
Meanwhile, Dianna Agron responded on her blog by saying it was not their intention to hurt anyone. Yet she said that the photos were not the first to push the envelope in the “land of Madonna, Britney, Miley and Gossip Girl.” In addition, if a young 8-year-old was to get the issue, as some parents may fear, Agron asked “how on earth did it get there?”
But with even Katie Couric coming down on the pictures, the backlash over the GQ photo shoot is far from over. With the show and stars so overexposed as it is, some will look for any excuse to bash them, and now they have an open opportunity.
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Huffington Post- “Glee’s GQ Photo Shoot Blasted By Katie Couric”
Washington Post- “After Glee GQ photos cause controversy, cast member responds”