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Glee Photo Shoot Draws Fire

'Borders on Pedophilia'

10/20/2010 12:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The producers of "Glee" are taking some serious heat over a sexually charged photo shoot involving three cast members -- with one powerful parents group saying the pictorial "borders on pedophilia."


The Parents Television Council has released a statement thrashing producers for allowing Dianna Agron, Cory Monteith and Lea Michele to participate in a "hyper-sexualized" photo shoot for the November issue of GQ -- despite the fact that both actresses are 24 years old and Corey is 28.

The PTC declares, “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."

The statement continues, "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."

So we gotta ask ...



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GQ readers most likely DON'T watch Glee. It's the parents and families of those that do watch it that are implying pedophilia. I just don't understand the "new direction" the show is taking.. why GQ? Are they trying to attract a broader audience by putting up a picture like this, and why?

1461 days ago


glee isn't a family show its for adults and the actors playing the characters are all over 21 years of age and therefore are allowed to do whatever they damn well please , and gq is a grown mens magazine so the ptc needs to back off and go away

1461 days ago


I don't know about pedophilia, but it makes the actresses look like trashy sluts!

1461 days ago


PTC should be crusading against actual pedophilia.The actors in the photo shoot are ADULTS. We are no longer living in the Victorian Age of severe sexual repression so why the fuss over the photo shoot? MAYBE PTC should invest their time in a relevant cause.MOST of us are able to discern that actors on television are NOT real people they are playing characters.PTC needs to chill.

1461 days ago


First to all, pedophilia in it’s clinical sense is the sexual attraction to pre-puberty children -12 years-old or less- what the PTC is referring is to hephebophilia which is the sexual attraction to adolescent (12-21 years old), but this is not the case either cause the actors are much older.

So, the PTC need two things: 1) To have some lessons on basic clinical terminology in order to understand what pedophilia is. 2) To make a difference between reality and fiction, cause what they saw in television is not true.

1461 days ago


For starters, since the beginning Glee hasn't been a family show, just a couple episodes into the series there was already a joke about rachel's lack of a gag reflex.

Secondly,all 3 of them are well over 18, for goodness sakes, Cory is 2 years shy of being 30! Yes they are in a school, but that is where any possible connection to Glee ends. Its not like Diana Agron is in her infamous Cheerios uniform, or Cory Montheith is in a McKinley High football or basketball uniform.

One thing is for sure, despite being called racy, shows such as The Insider,Access Hollywood and TMZ, have no problem showing them off on tv, to do a news story. If they are that bad, don't objectify the public even more so. More teens are going to see them this way, than if they had just been published in a magazine, like they were intended to be.

1460 days ago


It's true it's not pedophilia. However, it's concerning still because it shows acceptability of sexualization to the younger generation, since Glee started off as a kid-friendly show. True the actual actors and actresses are older than they actually are - but largely to the public eye they are who Glee portrays them to be - high school teenagers. Although I find the accusation of 'pedophilia' on its own groundless, morally it is, still, very much questionable. Since when are perverted thoughts 'morally acceptable' anyway? What will likely happen is that GQ will see a lot of younger kids becoming their subscribers. And I guess that was what GQ intended to happen. Parents, just look after your kids, please.

1460 days ago

Gabe Athaus    

They're 24 and 28 years old. Case closed. Not even close to bordering anything. Miley Cyrus on the other hand....

1460 days ago


Um.. well... I'm getting tired of people/organizations who use the term pedophilia without apparently knowing what it means. Underage does not equal pedophilia. You would need to be pre-pubescent for it to be pedophilia think MJ and his kid army. He dropped them as soon as they hit 13/14 years of age. that would be pedophilia.

1460 days ago


I'm probably one of the biggest fans of Glee that there is out there (extremely big fan of Cory!). My opinions on these photos shoots are, Glee is not a show for kids. It's Tv-14 to begin with it's stated every episode. One of the main themes of the show last year was teen pregnancy, there is a really really flamboyant guy on the show, and bi-sexual cheerleaders. If you are going to let your kids watch the show you are just a bad parent to start with, but if you are going to let them buy a magazine centered toward adults,with adults taking pictures in the seeing as Cory is 28 and Lea and Dianna are 24. Then that makes you an even worse parent.If you don't like what they are doing then don't watch the show. The millions of other fans won't miss you.

1460 days ago


Having a teenage daughter whose friends all love Glee, I find the pictures worrisome. I totally get that the actors are old enough to do what they want - of course. The question is whether they should pose as school girls.

Two issues come to my mind. First, the photos just add to the portrayal high school girls as sex objects. My 13 year old daughter wears a uniform and I cringe every time I see a sexy pictures of girls in uniforms. Girls that wear uniforms are in middle school not even high school. This is what people think is sexy - 12 and 13 year olds?
Second, the girls that watch Glee try to copy the characters in speak and dress. These are their role models.

So pose all you want but please pose as an adult.

1460 days ago


I can see it being pedophilia if they were dressed AS high schoolers in cheerleader outfits and such but they arent so people need to get over it

1460 days ago


In my opinion the pictures that bordered on pedophilia were the ones taken of a then 16 year old Britney Spears in a bra and pantie in her bedroom by the photographers of Rolling Stone magazine.These pictures were disturbing and I cannot believe the magazines published them.

1460 days ago


Ugly 100 %
Pedophila 0 %

1460 days ago


The PTC is condemning GQ on exploiting these poor girl's sexuality because they are in their panties and bras. Well I say, lets level out the playing field and get Cory in his tighty-whites. That would make me feel much better about the GQ photos.

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