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OCTOBER 21, 2010 4:40PM

GQ's Cover Controversy

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Let’s talk about covers. I’ haven’t blogged about the magazine industry in a while and a recent firestorm of controversy has erupted around the November cover of GQ Magazine.

 

 

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TMZ reported yesterday, that the Parent’s Television Council, a self-described non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment, is up in arms over “Glee” actors Dianna Agron, Cory Monteith and Lea Michele’s provocative poses on the GQ cover. Here’s a portion of the group’s statement:

 

“It is 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. It borders on pedophilia. Sadly, this is just the latest example of the overt sexualization of young girls in entertainment,” said PTC President Tim Winter. “Many children who flocked to ‘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 … Unfortunately, it seems ‘Glee’ is only masquerading as a family show and is far from appropriate for young viewers,” Winter concluded.

 

I’ll first say that just because “Glee” has actors playing high-school kids singing and dancing doesn’t make it a family show. It’s on at 8 p.m. at my house, when my kids are off to bed, and it’s on Fox.

 

When has anything televised on Fox been appropriate for kids?

 

The “Glee” writers don’t craft the character’s dialogues and interactions with middle-schoolers in mind. Seriously. I also don’t believe they mis-market it as a family show. “Glee” is a perfectly respectable grown-up’s show complete with sarcasm, lust, raunch, jealousy, insecurity, and plenty of “I-remember-when-I-did-that-as-a-teenager” situations that make adults fondly (or not) reminisce about their wonder years.

 

So why in the heck would the PTC believe that “Glee” producers and GQ editors should plan their photo shoot and promotions around middle-schoolers? That’s just lame.

 

I won’t argue that there is an epidemic of “sexualization of young girls in entertainment,” I’m just not sure this is a solid example of the practice considering the ages of the actors. They’re not teenagers. They just play them on TV.

 

In a classy move, Dianna Agron (not the gal in the pink panties), addressed the negative buzz about the cover on her blog. She downplayed PTC’s surprise that GQ is pushing consumers’ comfort-level boundaries, and I agree.

 

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.”

 

You go girl. (My daughter’s not allowed to watch Hannah Montana, either.) Agron also “apologizes” if the images are offensive, which I wish she wouldn’t have done. But it was for good measure.

 

The GQ cover was done in the spirit of the show and portrays its same tone and context. There’s no disconnect there, which means that the photographer, stylists and editors did their jobs well in producing a cover of excellent composition.

 

I hope that the GQers are doing two things right now: Rolling their eyes at all of the naysayers, and high-fiving each other because they’re going to sell a lot of magazines.

 

 

 

 

 

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Yeah, boy howdy, let me tell you. Sexualizing 24-year-old women is practically pedophilia...in the same way that sexualizing Helen Mirren is practically necrophilia, I suppose.

Why is it that any time "parents" want to keep their kids "safe" from something, I get nervous?

Oh, yeah. That's right. Usually it's not sensible, open-minded parents like YOU. Nope. It's always the God-Doesn't-Want-My-Child-To-Know-That-Boys-Sometimes-Love-Boys-and-Girls-Sometimes-Love-Girls-And-We-Believe-Sex-Is-For-Married-Couples crowd.
VR has the right of it, as do you.
You have to wonder why the "good" people at the Parent’s Television Council are ogling these women as if they were teenagers. Kind of says a lot about them. Personally I gave Glee a three year run, tops. That is the nature of high school based programs but now they may get that Married With Children bump and be on for a loooong time.
My reaction? Are you shittin' me? "It borders on pedophilia." That statement crosses the border into idiocy. This is the kind of bullshit we will all be subjected to if those paragons of virtue Sarah Palin, Sharron Angle and Christine O'Donnell and the rest of the harpies ever do gain power.

The "family values" folks ought to educate themselves about a lot of things, especially the morality of the Puritan ancestors they seem to think were saints -- they weren't. One researcher who studied the Plymouth Colony extensively estimated that 50% of the so-called Puritans engaged in premarital sex.

Keep in mind, this was a time when girls 14 and younger were considered marriage age. Talk about pedophilia!

Here's a link: http://www.histarch.uiuc.edu/plymouth/Lauria1.html

And here's my take on the matter:

Pilgrims, Playboy and Porn

Truth? The real difference between then and now is we talk about such things in public. But, hey, let's return to hypocrisy if that will keep the PTC and the family values pharisees happy. On second thought, no -- nothing will make those people happy.
Most of what you see on the tube is incredibly vapid and fake, unlike the smile on the meat in that sandwich's face which I promise you is real.
This "con"troversy is so Faux News.
The girls are in their twenties and the meat is thirty-something.
Besides, most of the sexualization seems to come from Disney pop stars.
Or to be more specific, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Justin Timberlake if I'm not mistaken. A mouseketeer is now a pop star in training.
I'm of the "family values" mindset and yet I agree with you, the PTC are being ridiculous. I love watching Glee, but it is so not a "family" show and those girls are not teens. Just because they portray teens doesn't mean they should be viewed that way in real life.
reminds me of the miley cyrus/liebovitz backless photos. which I think was overblown also. also didnt vanessa hudgens have some controversy? it seems to pop up with every successful show. however, context matters. you dont mention the age of the actors. I couldnt find that in any of the news. think its a relevant factoid.
Open letter to the Parents Television Council, or any other similarly named self proclaimed watchdog -

STEP AWAY FROM THE TELEVISION!

It is evil, corrupting, dangerous, anti-christian and filthy. Its a good thing you watch so much of it so the rest of us dont have to be offended.
Just think, if these good folks spent a little less time watching the tv for the rest of us, they might have time to go to church and rail against all manner of deviancy. Go get 'em Dr. Rekkers! Beat back the devil Ted Haggard! Thanks for saving the rest of us!
Hell, the Bible contains suggestive, salacious rubbish far more explicit than this, but I'll bet the folks at PTC would be more than happy to tell their kids to read, read, read.

Sanctimonious morons! I guess they have to do something to justify their existence, even in their own minds