If the goal of the provocative “Glee” photo shoot for GQ was to generate publicity for the show or the magazine, it’s mission accomplished–on both fronts. The photos depicting high school characters–played by 20-somethings, naturally–in sexy poses caught the attention of the media watchdog group Parents Television Council, which said the photo layout “borders on pedophilia,” according to MTV.com.
Both the magazine and the show have fired back at the criticism, the Web site reports. Calling the shoot “no big deal,” “Glee” co-star Mark Salling said in an interview on KIIS FM: “I mean, come on. We’re obviously not in high school. It’s tongue-in-cheek that we’re in high school.”
Dianna Agron, who participated in the photo shoot, apologized on her blog to anyone who may have been offended by the spread. But the “Glee” co-star added, “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."
Agron also wrote: “If you are hurt or these photos make you uncomfortable, it was never our intention."
GQ responded to the criticism by pointing out that all of the actors involved in the shoot are adults. "The Parents Television Council must not be watching much TV these days and should learn to divide reality from fantasy," Jim Nelson, GQ’s editor in chief, said in a statement. "As often happens in Hollywood, these ‘kids’ are in their twenties. Cory Monteith’s almost 30! I think they’re old enough to do what they want."