There was a firestorm in a teacup, which I took pleasure in ignoring, about how the Glee stars’ GQ spread ‘borders on pedophilia’. I often ignore inflammatory statements made by people who have nothing better to do than make inflammatory statements. But the reaction to this needs to be addressed. Enter: The Parents Television Council (stage left). The PTC have decided they’re enraged by the photo shoot in which Dianna Agron, Cory Monteith and Lea Michele posed as hyper-sexual school kids. Monteith was fully dressed. Like he was cold or something. The girls were half-naked. Agron looked especially uncomfortable being coaxed into ever-more inappropriate scenarios by Uncle Terry. Both women, 24-years-old, gave quotes during which they said they felt ill at ease on the shoot. Despite the girls being mid-20s, and the token male being 28, they’re being labelled as encouraging the sexualising of childlike imagery.
In a statement I didn’t read all the way through as the mis-use of the word ‘pedophillia’ threw me threw a loop, the PTC said, ‘It is disturbing that GQ, which is explicitly written for adult men, is sexualising the actresses who play high school-aged characters on Glee in this way. It borders on pedophilia.’ Adding, ‘By authorizing this kind of near-pornographic display, the creators of the program have established their intentions on the show’s direction. And it isn’t good for families.’ The stars play teens but the second these actors, one of whom is nearer 30 than school age, take it off the screen, it’s okay to throw around words PTC clearly don’t know the dictionary definition of. (Thankfully some people look up words before covering subjects like this. Yay, journalism).
In response, Jim Nelson, editor-in-chief of GQ said, ‘The Parents Television Council must not be watching much TV these days and should learn to divide reality from fantasy.’ Nelson continues, ‘As often happens in Hollywood, these ‘kids’ are in their twenties. Cory Montieth’s almost 30! I think they’re old enough to do what they want.’ With that last sentiment, I agree. END SCENE.