Despite there being no new episode of Glee this week, the series still managed to stir up a bit of controversy after a few of the actors appeared in a very racy photo shoot for an upcoming issue of GQ magazine.
MTV posted some comments from the Parents Television Council on the subject of the recently posted slideshow of photos featuring Glee stars Dianna Agron, Cory Monteith and Lea Michele.
Having been on Team Katy when it came to the big Cleavage-gate Sesame Street scandal, I expected to roll my eyes in general indifference toward The PTC’s finger-wagging. Then I took a look at the slideshow and their argument gets a bit clearer.
Alright, so the cast is old enough to be sexualized and pedophilia (borderline or not) is a strong word to throw around but set up with the high school backdrop as the photos are, I think it’s fair to suggest or at least consider that they’ve drifted into an icky area, even if it’s just “fantasy.” Or maybe the ick-factor has more to do with associating these actors with the roles they play, at least for fans of the show who might look at these pictures and see Quinn, Rachel and Finn as opposed to three actors in their twenties.
We can speculate that GQ would go for a sexy angle when addressing this show in their magazine, given that their readership probably consists mostly of adult males (many of which might have little interest in Glee otherwise). This would also explain why Cory Monteith seems over-dressed by comparison to his two female costars (he’s actually wearing a coat in one of the photos). Still, isn’t there something to be said for subtly?
The photos are nothing if not overly obvious. Then again, maybe obvious was the intention. Controversy’s always been a big sell.
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