Last week’s episode of “Glee” found Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) shouting, “It’s a Britney Spears sex riot!” as she attempted to put a stop to the glee club’s saucy rendition of “Toxic.”
But she’s not the only one who had an issue with the Spears takeover at William McKinley High School. The hit Fox show has come under fire as the Parents Television Council has deemed the “Britney/Brittany” episode the “Worst TV Show of the Week” due to the broadcast’s “explicit sexual content.”
A message posted on the organization’s website decries the episode’s “skimpy outfits” and “sultry grinds” during “I’m a Slave 4 U.” And even though “Glee” castmembers show very little skin in the re-creation for the 2001 Madonna duet “Me Against the Music,” the PTC said the interpretation included “plenty of girl-girl bumping and grinding.”
According to the group, the tribute to the always-controversial Spears wasn’t appropriate because the singer is far from a suitable role model.
“Glee earned its highest ratings ever with this Britney Spears tribute, drawing 13.3 million viewers,” the message continued. “A scary thought considering that the mostly young teen/tween audience basically witnessed an endorsement of narcotics abuse, public masturbation, and school-sanctioned burlesque. But perhaps most troubling is the deification of a troubled pop star into a symbol of empowerment and self-esteem. Considering her stints in rehab, her very public breakdowns, and her questionable parenting skills, there is absolutely no way Spears should be considered a role model. The producers of the show can spare us the old song-and-dance about fallen celebs turning their lives around. What’s next? Portraying Ike Turner as a reformed feminist?”
Spears knows controversy and criticism far too well. Since the beginning of her career, she’s always raised eyebrows with everything from her sex-kitten public image to her sometimes-questionable parental judgment. While the pop star has played it relatively safe since her comeback, the singer did make headlines last year for her suggestive single “If U Seek Amy,” the third offering from her album Circus.
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