The Glee photo shoot featured in the November issue of GQ is facing criticism from the Parents Television Council. The group recently chastised Miley Cyrus for her “Who Owns My Heart” video and Taylor Momsen on the cover of Revolver which, of course, made sense. (Although to a lesser extent with Taylor Momsen because she wasn’t the lynchpin of an entire franchise aimed at 12-year-olds. Plus who the hell is she?) But now they’re going a tad overboard by labeling the GQ shoot as “pedophilia” in an official 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.”
These people might actually have a point if Lea Michele and Dianna Agron weren’t both, oh I dunno, 24. Also, I’m pretty sure young girls aren’t picking up copies of GQ that don’t have Robert Pattinson on the cover, but back to my original point. Here’s the definition of pedophilia via Wikipedia:
As a medical diagnosis, pedophilia (or paedophilia) is typically defined as a psychiatric disorder in adults or late adolescents (persons age 16 and older) characterized by a primary or exclusive sexual interest in prepubescent children (generally age 13 years or younger, though onset of puberty may vary)
I’m about to blow the Parent Television Council’s mind here, but high school seniors are 18. Some even 19. Now whether it’s right or wrong to date one is between you and the end of her father’s shotgun, but there’s absolutely nothing deviant about 24-year-old women dressed like high school cheerleaders. That’s practically the bread and butter of the entire porn industry which I probably shouldn’t be using as an example in this case. Let’s try another approach: At least boys are looking at these women in a heterosexual manner instead of studying evolution like a pack of homosexuals. Amirite? High five me, Jesus.
Photo: GQ/Terry Richardson