Three Glee favorites* have shown up in GQ (Nov.) in completely sexualized poses, and caused a real ruckus. (If you don’t know, Glee is a show about a group of semi-geeky teens in a high school glee club.) In addition to the general issues surrounding such bad judgement, the event has produced something heretofore unthinkable: sympathy from a First Ammendment junkie like me for the position of the Parent’s Television Council It’s really giving me a headache. They’re the home of Brent Bozell and William Bennett, Pat Boone and Sam Brownback. But here’s what they said, and it’s pretty tough to argue with:
“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.
Half-naked teenagers and young adult women adorn advertisements and entertainment on TV, the web and in print. Victoria’s Secret, provider of the lingerie in the photos, sells lovely, reasonably priced undergarments, but with waaaay sexualized campaigns. They’re not alone of course, and those sorts of ads have always been disturbing but this week, on the eve of the SPARK Summit on the sexualization of young women (where Care2 has two correspondents – watch this space) we hit a new milestone.
So here’s the question: when something this inappropriate erupts into the media and, obviously, affects an enormous under-age audience, what DO we do? Censorship, to me, is out of the question. And in this age of commerce-uber-alles, asking for restraint on the part of commercial outlets is naive. Once the story hits the MSM there’s no way to keep the photos out of young lives. Of course that’s also true of Victoria’s Secret commercials and fashion magazine layouts but because Glee is such a part of youth culture and generally has such good messages, it’s a kick in the teeth. I’ve included an excerpt below in case you’ve never seen the show – but please – what do you think?
Here’s the clip:
Diana Agron, one of the three, which also included Lea Michele and Cory Monteith, apologized on her blog Thursday morning.