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Glee GQ Shoot: Sexist, Pedophiliac, or No Big Deal?

I love me some Glee, so I was excited when I heard that the show's Dianna Agron, Lea Michele, and Cory Monteith were covering GQ's November issue. But then I saw the pervy pics, and my reaction was more like "ew."

I have to say the Parents Television Council has a point when it says the shoot "borders on pedophilia." Even though Agron and Michele are well past the ages of their Glee characters, the whole theme — which Agron describes on her personal blog as "Hit Me Baby One More Time" — looks like a high school porn production for GQ's adult male audience. The line is blurry, at best. Then there's the double-standard of the shoot, which features Monteith fully clothed and involved in nonsexual activities alongside the pantsless, bouncing, lollipop-sucking Agron and Michele.

None of this is entirely shocking when you consider the photographer is Terry Richardson, who besides having sexual misconduct allegations against him also manages to make vodka and spaghetti sexist and disturbing (and the Jersey Shore even more than it already is). But that doesn't make it OK.

Where do you stand?

Photos courtesy of Terry Richardson/GQ

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redchick152 redchick152 6 years
its Lea that tries so hard. its obvious how hard she is trying to be the next big thing. she doesn't have to try! she's pretty and VERY talented. personally, i think that being a successful stage actress is more impressive than a successful TV/movie actress. cory probably doesn't give a sh*t, he's just happy to be where he is. dianna is the one that strikes me as the up and coming young actress that just doesn't want to say no to a sexy shoot. she's pretty tame in this spread. her blog was surprisingly well written and articulate. is this a tacky photo shoot? yes. is it pedophilia? no. its GQ, not Seventeen!
Burkina Burkina 6 years
My problem with this photos is that these girls try SO hard. You can tell they are trying to be appealing to men, and to be "sexy" but their view of sexy is so skewed. Its sad, their show represents something completely different.
whats-her-name whats-her-name 6 years
I really don't get the big deal. There's nothing pedophilic about overage people posing in overage ways. Yes, they portray teens but what teen kids pick up GQ?? Publicizing it more will do nothing but draw more attention to what they consider to be the problem.
jocupcake jocupcake 6 years
Ugh, Lea's pictures are sooo awkward.
Amandapedia Amandapedia 6 years
I'd do a photo shoot like that. Heaven forbid we have something slightly sexual anywhere in America ever. It just seems like a big hooplah over nothing. I do wish Corey was wearing a little less, but I'm not gonna say that has anything to do with gender equality ;)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
I don't like the photos either. In these photos, these actors are portraying sexualized (under-aged) school girls. They are NOT portraying themselves as 20-something, grown-ups. These photos are sending an inappropriate, unsavory message about school girls. I'm surprised the producer of the show is okay with their actors presenting the characters in this way.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 6 years
Personally, if I never see another "artistic" photo of a woman with her legs spread and a come f**k me look on her face, it'll be too soon. This shoot is basically for all of the frustrated middle-aged married guys to grab some lube, run into the bathroom, and rub one out fantasizing about banging teenage girls. It will sell like hot cakes. Yawn. Next?
HollyJRockNRoll HollyJRockNRoll 6 years
I think the shoot is BORING!!! None of these people are remotely attractive. They don't look particularly "young" so its certainly not pedophilic. I think people need to be talking about politics, not some photos done with actors (who are, in my opinion, not attractive at all).
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
It has nothing to do with the fact that the actors are adults, it's the fact that they're being photographed with the intention to appear as sexy youngins. No magazine should include photos that allow dirty old men to think it's ok to lust after teen girls. I don't like it. But this is definitely not the first photographer to or magazine to perpetetuate this kind of message. I'm equally grossed out by "sexy school girl" fantasies and costumes.
stephley stephley 6 years
stephley stephley 6 years
I said : "Sometimes art crosses a line, and there's no reason why a viewer can't express an opinion on whether he or she thinks an artist has." To say "I see your art as bordering on pedophilia" is not the same as saying 'you are a pedophile.' The artist has a right to express his or herself, and the view has an equal right to his or her response. I would never feel that I had to indulge any and every artistic pretension in order to protect my liberal identity.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 6 years
Diana Agron is tastefully shot, and sure, Cory Monteith's poses are sexist, but it is a men's magazine. To be honest, the only thing that really makes this shoot icky to me is Lea Michele.
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 6 years
Let's be real here, it's not pedophilia since as you've all pointed out, they're of age. So let's look at them as Cory, Diana and Lea. Not as their characters in Glee. Maybe it's how they really want themselves to be perceived. If they like how they've come across as, then good for them. All I'm saying is that, the internet/magazine's not written in pencil, it's written in ink. So the shoot's over and done with, I just wish they're proud of the images that are now being distributed all over the world. Whether they like it or not, it's the message that they're sending of themselves to their fans. Me, I don't like it. I do not think it's artsy or tastefully done or whatever. Or that there's an important message in there or anything. It's nothing spectacular. So I'm just not buying the magazine.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I was surprised by it, I do think it is a bit over the top, but this HUGE controversery? I don't get it.
juicebox07 juicebox07 6 years
I think it's gross, and I also think that Lea Michele fails at trying to look sexy. She should close to her mouth next time.
gingirl gingirl 6 years
I just want to point out that Dianna Agron is the only one I've seen who has commented on this spread. That it wasn't her favorite idea, and she was sorry (kind of, but whatever, there's no need for her to apologize; if parents are upset about it, then don't let your kids read it or see it. It's GQ, a MEN'S magazine; your kids probably shouldn't be reading it anyway). But she's mostly clothed! MUCH more so than Lea Michele. Who is wearing no pants, just underwear in just about every shot. And the spread eagle in the locker room? Um, no thanks hun. Just because you slightly part your lips and spread your legs like that, doesn't mean it's sexy. This is definitely a sexist photo shoot, but this is a magazine geared toward men; they'll do whatever sells
Studio16 Studio16 6 years
My thoughts are all jumbled on this matter. I'm laying them out like this: 1. If I were with Cory, I would be naked. Wouldn't matter to me if he was dressed or not. Ideally neither of us would be, but either way, I'd be naked. Just saying. 2. I think the pictures are cute. 3. It's GQ. Not Mennonite Weekly. It's a magazine that's a couple steps up from Playboy. 4. I read Dianna's blog and agree completely. If a child has access to these pictures, only his or her parents are to blame. 5. They're all in their 20s. If they were 15 or 16 year old starlets, I'd be vomiting in my mouth right now. THEY ARE IN THEIR 20s. They're all adults who all consented to be in these pictures. Just because they take place in a high school doesn't mean that they're pro kiddie porn. It means they're slightly tacky pictures of cheesecake that were taken in a high school.
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 6 years
She's 24... How is that pedophilic? Ya, she plays a HS girl in a show, but does that mean she has to act like one all the time now to be appropriate? Now if the photographer made her do things she's not comfortable that's one thing, but as long as she's a consenting adult, she can go ahead and pose as sexy as she please.
sagagirl sagagirl 6 years
I have seen more provocative pictures on billboards in New York's Times Square. It's GQ, men are visual creatures and that is what they want to see in their magazines. Making a big thing about this is what will cause a child to be curious about the photos. We are way to prude about sexuality in this country and it has deeply scarred every generation.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
Stephley, I have no way of knowing if she (or any actor who hasn't talked about it) feels pressured. Seems she isn't commenting on the photos, which is fine -- I probably wouldn't either. But some models have gone on the record about feeling pressured around TR -- not that he's the only photog who has been accused of doing that. Spacekatgal, I never accused him of any crimes. No libel here. :) I just find his work blah and his behavior inappropriate, to put it mildly. But I enjoy the discussion that's going on here, so I appreciate your perspectives.
KateAthens KateAthens 6 years
The concept of the photoshoot is just to change the clean image of the tv show. Its no big deal. I think its funny actually
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 6 years
*snarkypants* we need a edit button.
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 6 years
Snarlypants you took my thought what the hell is up with that face and they airbursh everything else except her mouth close.
stephley stephley 6 years
Sometimes art crosses a line, and there's no reason why a viewer can't express an opinion on whether he or she thinks an artist has. Some artists, as with any other group of people in the universe, are pervs - sometimes, they, like some scoutmasters, do what they do because it gives them access.
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