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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

'Glee' Disappoints Fans with Sexy GQ Spread

Rachel wouldn't let Finn steal second base on Glee a few episodes back, but she seems to appear more willing - so to speak - off-screen.
Actress Lea Michelle and fellow Gleeks Dianna Agron and Cory Monteith are holding nothing back in a racy spread in this months' GQ magazine. In the feature story titled "Glee Gone Wild" the scantily clad actresses and a well (and fully) dressed, smirking Finn are creating quite the scandal.
Everyone from Entertainment Weekly to the Washington Post to the Parents Television Council insists the photos are too risque and inappropriate, especially considering the insane popularity of the show. Glee doesn't need such an outrageous publicity stunt to catch attention. The show has created history without unnecessary displays of public sexuality. (See: BREAKING THE FREAKING BEATLES RECORD WITH MOST HITS AT ONCE ON THE TOP 100!)
I agree with the outrage and despite proudly proclaiming myself as a certified "Gleek," I find myself offended by the extremely sexually suggestive photos. The PTC took it a tad too far, claiming the photos suggest pedophilia. Hardly. The actors may play teenagers on the show, but they're all in their '20s. Still, I can't think of any justification that this was a good idea.
I don't understand why Lea Michelle is pants-less in every photo. (Newsflash: You're not GaGa. You're Rachel freaking Berry.) Who's the star of the show? Rachel? Or those white panties? Look at her face on the cover (above). She looks like a porn star! Not the star of a (mostly) wholesome musical comedy television phenomenon. And Finn (sorry, I can't refer to him as anything but Finn), get your hands off the girls' asses! Higher, please! What would their mothers say? Kudos to Dianna. Thank you for keeping your skirt on.
While I'm ranting, where's the rest of the cast? Why are only three members of New Directions pictured? As EW writer Jennifer Armstrong says, "Apparently, when Glee goes 'sexy,' the whitest and shiniest stars come to the front out of a huge cast remarkable for its diversity." Well said.
Sure, the show has it's not-so-family-appropriate moments (like last week's Santana/Britney make-out sesh), but it is by no means over-the-top sexy. GQ writes, "How the hell did a show about high school theater geeks come to be the biggest TV show in America? Well, T&A helps. (That's talent and ambition, you pervs.) But so does a generous helping of pot-laced brownies, girl-on-girl subtext, and choreographed dry-humping." That's not what the show is about! Obviously the magazine is trying to appeal to its customers - straight, single dudes who would rather see Rachel Berry in her underwear than hear her sing a showtune with that incredibly brilliant voice of hers. 
I'm saddened someone felt the need to corrupt these stars and I'm disappointed the stars or their agents or whoever agreed to such a display of sexist inappropriateness. Maybe I'll sing a song about it Glee style. See more of the provocative photo shoot here:
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