Glee GQ Controversy

Now, for those of you that haven’t heard of Glee, where have you been the past year? It’s the biggest show worldwide, but to save you time, go and Google this show then come back to me, you’ll understand who and what I’m talking about.

In this month’s American GQ, three of the shows characters are posing in some, should we say, provocative poses. Lea Michele, Dianna Agron and Cory Monteith who play Rachel, Quinn and Finn have been under attack this week from online haters and parents groups calling the shot ‘paedophilic’ and that GQ ‘is sexualizing the actresses who play high school-aged characters on ‘Glee’ in this way.’

Hang on a minute, yes they play high school teenagers but in real life Lea and Dianna are 24 and can decide on what they think they should and shouldn’t do. GQ is a man’s magazine and if children are reading it, isn’t it the parents fault for letting them?

And that is exactly what Dianna has said on her blog, she goes to say ‘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?’

I agree that the pictures are more than a little saucy; especially Lea’s where she is practically wearing next to nothing. At least Dianna is wearing a bit more than her, but they are old enough to make their own decisions on things like this, plus most celebrities loved the shoot. Take Kim Kardashian, she thinks the pictures are ‘hot’ whereas Josh Groban thought they were ‘very sexy’. Even Billy Ray Cyrus was ‘disappointed’ with the Parents Televisions Councils reaction to the shoot.

Doesn’t that say something? No one but certain groups care about how racy the picturesare.

Mark Salling, who plays bad boy Noah Puckerman in Glee, has commented on the controversy saying that it isn’t a big deal. ‘Lea is 23 years old and has every right to do that. I mean, come on! We’re obviously not in high school. It’s tongue-in-cheek that we’re in high school.”

And it’s true, they ARE old enough to do a shot like this, just because Glee is about teenagers doesn’t mean they are. Maybe parents are having a hissy fit because they are meant to be role models?

But either way hasn’t one of your role models done something confrontational in their lifetime? Lady Gaga wore raw meat to an awards ceremony, Britney and Madonna kissed on stage, the list could go on, so people need to stop slamming the photo shoot.

Although the only thing I would criticize is the fact they are half naked in a school setting. We know you play teenagers but to portray a steamy shoot in a school is maybe a bit too far. I think that if it was in another location, no one would bat an eyelid at them, but since they did use a school, everyone has gone shit crazy about it.

On a final note to haters, get over it. GQ aren’t trying to sexualise these actresses. If they didn’t want to dress like this and do the shoot, then they wouldn’t have. They are portraying themselves in this shoot, not their characters, so everyone whose pants are in a twist, they are adults. I’m sure most of the girls out there would love to be famous and in a photo shoot and I’m sure most of you would do stuff like this too. And to the parents who are complaining. Don’t let your kids read stuff like this; it is aimed at the adult males, not little kids.


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