The stars of Fox’s hit show “Glee” recently did a photo spread for GQ magazine, in what could be said to be a risque manner. Inside the magazine there are pictures of two of the actresses sucking lollipops and sitting on a bench with their legs open. All of the pictures were taken inside of a high school, to go along with the “Glee” theme, and one of the actresses wore Hollywood’s version of a schoolgirl outfit.
The Parents Television Council did not think this photo shoot was appropriate for the stars of a show that many young adults watch. In a statement on its website president of the PTC, Tim Winter said, “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.”
These actresses who are in their early to mid 20s, they are not actually high-school aged. Therefore there is no way that “it borders on pedophilia.” GQ is a men’s magazine. It is not Seventeen or Teen Vogue. Children should not be looking at GQ magazine and if they do get their hands on it, then it becomes the parents’ responsibility to deal with it.
The issue here is much bigger than some racy pictures in GQ Magazine. It is the fact that our society is scared of sex and anything that is not rated G. When a person curses on live TV or when a celebrity wears an outfit that might be too revealing, everyone freaks out. The media debates how this will affect children. News flash: Children hear curse words in their homes all the time and it is usually coming from their parents’ mouths.
Of course there should be a line drawn about what should be shown on TV or in a magazine. But when something comes close to that line we should not get up in arms. We should accept it for what it is, reality.