The fuss over GQ’s ‘Glee’ photo

The Parents Television Council has done a lot of things bordering on the inane, but this time they’ve outdone themselves by saying that the cover of GQ magazine “borders on pedophilia.” As Frank Bruni pointed out in the New York Times, the women pictured on the cover are 24. Somebody at PTC should check the dictionary before using big words. Pedophilia is “sexual desire in an adult for a child” or “the condition of being sexually attracted to children.” The women on GQ’s cover hardly look like children.

PTC seems to think this detail doesn’t matter, because the women appear in Glee, a “family show” on Fox-TV program. Ergo, Glee is no longer “appropriate for young viewers.”

The Glee audiences are probably not regular readers of GQ. But, thanks to PTC, those young viewers will probably be eager to check out the latest issue. It’s not likely they’ll be scarred for life. If you’re curious about what has gotten PTC’s knickers in such a twist, check it out here.

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3 Responses to The fuss over GQ’s ‘Glee’ photo

  1. When it comes to fanatical groups like the PTC, ignorance is bliss. That’s their fuel to keep the crazy train moving. I don’t watch Glee and I am not a new fan simply because these photos were published. The actors have the right to do as they wish and the PTC seems to forget that these actors are ADULTS ACTING in teenage roles. It’s been done forever in show business. Actors shouldn’t be responsible for what their fans/viewers see or follow, it’s their job to act and be photographed. I think the PTC lost in this battle because sales for this issue of GQ must have risen due to the controversy and further made the PTC look like fools.

  2. Dan Kleinman says:

    In fairness, you should have provided the quote in context:

    “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.

    In context, it is clear the PTC does not believe any pedophilia is involved, but you ridicule them as if they did.

    “Borders on” is the key phrase. Further, it is subjective. They are entitled to say, from a subjective point of view, that the picture borders on pedophilia. Yet you make it appear as if the PTC called the picture pedophilia.

    How do I know the PTC can use “borders on” without unfair criticism from you? Because, in this very post where you make fun of the PTC for having its knickers in a twist, you also use the same phrase! Quoting your first sentence:

    The Parents Television Council has done a lot of things bordering on the inane, but this time they’ve outdone themselves by saying that the cover of GQ magazine “borders on pedophilia.”

    I read that to mean nothing the PTC has done is inane in your judgment, although it’s a close call this time. Similarly, the PTC is entitled to say the graphic borders on pedophilia, and that means it is not but it is close in their judgment. And that is a legitimate point of view, unless everyone is always supposed to think like you.

    The double standard you use to skewer the PTC is evident. If you want to make fair criticism about the PTC, do so without the double standard and the implication that they cannot have a legitimate point of view. It borders on evidence of a lowering of your own standards. Actually, it crosses the border.

    For what it’s worth, the picture is not pedophilia.

  3. Dan Kleinman says:

    Apparently, the PTC was on the right track and the NCAC is wrong again as one of the actresses has apologized for the photo shoot. See ‘GQ’ Photo Spread Portrays ‘Glee’ High School Characters Like Porn Stars.

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