GQ Editor Defends Raunchy ‘Glee’ Cover

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The battle rages on about the racy Glee GQ cover that came out this month. Shot by the always polarizing (and stunning “consistent”) Terry Richardson, the cover featured Glee cast members Dianna Argon, Cory Montieth, and Lea Michelle playing out the sexy school-girl fantasy, complete with tiny skirts and sexually-sucked lollipops.

Well, the world noticed, but not everyone saw the “art.” The Parent-Television Council said that the shoot, “borders on pedophilia…[it is] disturbing that GQ, which is explicitly written for adult men, is sexualizing the actresses who play high school-aged characters on ‘Glee’ in this way.”

Some agreed, but GQ fired back today. The editor-in-chief, Jim Nelson, said today that, “The Parents Television Council must not be watching much TV these days and should learn to divide reality from fantasy.” He also noted that, “As often happens in Hollywood, these ‘kids’ are in their twenties. Cory Monteith is almost 30! I think they’re old enough to do what they want.

Glee co-creator, Ryan Murphy, sees both sides: “I wanted to do my version of a family show. But we try to be as responsible as we can, because we know some young people watch.

Many feel that even if they are old enough, the actors are idealized by teenagers, and in an already sexually-charged world, the pictures do nothing to help the image of the actors, nor the stellar-reputation of the show (though the upcoming “Rocky Horror” episode may change parent-perception of the show). That said, others note that they are adults in an adult world, and the GQ magazine is, frankly, NOT for kid to begin with.

Personally, I’m not sure how I feel. I get the right of 20-something actors to act, well, like 20-somethings. That said, as a high school teacher myself, I also get the concern of the parents. I guess we’ll just have to see how the brawl plays out, and if any of it will affect Glee’s solid ratings.

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