The Parents Television Council isn’t so “Glee”-ful about a recent photo shoot that they think sexualizes the actresses who play high schoolers.
Zap2it posted some of the photos in question on Tuesday (Oct. 19). They’re from a GQ feature for their November issue that shows Lea Michele and Dianna Agron wearing skimpy versions of school clothes.
In the full slide show, Michele in particular is seen a full-frontal panties shot and with bra exposed in several photos. Agron’s pictures are more demure, but do reveal her midriff and glimpses of her bra. Fellow cast member Cory Monteith is also in the photo shoot, but fully clothed each time. All actors are over 18 (Agron and Michel,e both 24; Monteith, 28), although they play younger on TV.
The full complaint from PTC prez Tim Winter:
]]> ‘High School Musical’ have grown into ‘Glee’ fans. They are now being treated to seductive, in-your-face poses of the underwear-clad female characters posing in front of school lockers, one of them opting for a full-frontal crotch shot. 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.
“While this photo shoot and the direction of the show in its second season have caught many parents off guard, we were concerned this might be coming. ‘Glee’ creator Ryan Murphy has declared that it is his goal in life to remove every barrier to the depiction of explicit sex on TV. On Bravo’s ‘Sex in the Box’ Murphy said, ‘It’s tough to get that sexual point of view across on television. Hopefully I have made it possible for somebody on broadcast television to do a rear-entry scene in three years. Maybe that will be my legacy.’
“With a demonstrated market of eager fans for an entertaining, musical-themed program like ‘Glee,’ we wonder why the show’s creators feel the need for such graphic sexualization of women. Interestingly, the photos of the male character showed him wearing a shirt, tie and vest.
“Parents need to be on guard as we expect the show to push the envelope even further. Unfortunately, it seems ‘Glee’ is only masquerading as family show and is far from appropriate for young viewers.”
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