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GQ's 'Glee' Photo Shoot Continues to Be Controversial, For Some Reason

by PopEater Staff, posted Oct 21st 2010 1:30PM
GQ Editor on 'Glee' Photo Shoot: 'They're Old Enough to Do What They Want'GQ's sexy photos of 'Glee' cast members are still making headlines. After the Parents Television Council said the photo shoot "borders on pedophilia," featured star Dianna Agron apologized on her blog to offended parties, but also issued a defense.

"In the land of Madonna, Britney, Miley, Gossip Girl, other public figures and shows that have pushed the envelope and challenged the levels of comfort in their viewers and fans, we are not the first," she wrote. "If you are hurt or these photos make you uncomfortable, it was never our intention. And if your eight-year-old has a copy of our GQ cover in hand, again I am sorry. But I would have to ask, how on earth did it get there?"

Meanwhile, GQ editor in chief Jim Nelson responded to the Parents Television Council, telling The Insider: "The Parents Television Council must not be watching much TV these days and should learn to divide reality from fantasy."
PopEater's recap of the Terry Richardson photo shoot and article, which featured Agron, Lea Michele and Corey Monteith, noted Agron's comment that she'd "never been shot in so little clothing," but also pointed out that she is 24 years old.

The PTC had said it was "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."

GQ's Nelson responded without mincing words: "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."

"For GQ, they asked us to play very heightened versions of our school characters. A 'Hit Me Baby One More Time' version. At the time, it wasn't my favorite idea, but I did not walk away," Agron blogged. "I must say, I am trying to live my life with a sharpie marker approach. You can't erase the strokes you've made, but each step is much bolder and more deliberate. I'm moving forward from this one, and after today, putting it to rest. I am only myself, I can only be me," she wrote.

'Glee' co-creator Ryan Murphy also tells the magazine that while he was skeptical of doing a sugarcoated family show, he knew responsibility would come into play. "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."

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I personally don't care about the photoshoot but I can understand why people find it inappropriate. Mainly for two reasons:

1) Even though Lea Michele is 24 years old, she looks like she's 16 and is playing a 16 year old. Pictures of her like this send a bad message to kids who feel they have a connection with her.

2) The location of the photoshoot...Why did they have to do it in a school? If they had chosen a more appropriate (a place not linked to kids between the age 14-18) location I think it wouldn't of been criticized so harshly.

I find the shoot more distrubing because of the message it sends to 12-15 year olds, not because pedophiles are getting off on it. But then again look at all the crap Miley does, so kids are going to be exposed to this stuff one way or another. So it all comes down to good parenting. Don't blame a photoshoot.

October 22 2010 at 9:29 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

"borders on pedophilia"? Aren't most of the actors in their mid-20s? If an adult woman sucking suggestively on a lollipop makes you think of children then the problem isn't on the page.

October 21 2010 at 7:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Do these people watch the show? Glee is pretty raunchy. Kids having causal sex all over the place on that show, sometimes to music.

October 21 2010 at 4:56 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

i'm all about telling people to lighten up, but uhh yeah. the girls are in nothing but undies in those photos. at the worst, it's just done in poor taste, but i wouldn't go so far as to say it pushes pedophilia.

October 21 2010 at 4:25 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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