Media watchdog group the Parents Television Council released a statement Wednesday (October 20) blasting the magazine's racy spread with November cover stars and Gleeks Dianna Agron, Cory Monteith and Lea Michele.
"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," PTC President Tim Winter said.
The McKinley High ladies definitely vamp it up for the camera. On the cover, Monteith is flanked by both "Glee" divas — including a pants-less Michele and a scantily clad Agron — with his hands squarely on their bottoms. In other shots, Michele can be seen posing in tiny underwear and thigh-high socks, sucking on a lollipop by a set of lockers, and in another scene, perched on a bench with her legs spread-eagle. Agron dons a thigh-grazing skirt and belly-baring T-shirt as she thrusts pom-poms in the air in one picture. In another photo, the girls hit the library in skimpy outfits and throw books around the room.
The PTC also charged that the racy photos disproportionately focus on the ladies' sexuality while Monteith spends a lot of the shoot fully covered up in jock-chic looks.
"With a demonstrated market of eager fans for an entertaining, musical-themed program like 'Glee,' we wonder why the show's creators feel the need for such graphic sexualization of women," Winter continued. "Interestingly, the photos of the male character showed him wearing a shirt, tie and vest."
GQ responded that although Monteith, Michele and Agron play teens on TV, in reality, they are adults who have the ability to get raunchy for the lens if they so choose.
"The Parents Television Council must not be watching much TV these days and should learn to divide reality from fantasy," Jim Nelson, editor in chief of GQ, 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."
A rep for Fox declined to comment when MTV News reached out Wednesday.
This is not the first time the show has been criticized by the group. The council recently blasted the "Glee" Britney Spears tribute episode for showing the castmembers in "skimpy outfits" and "sultry grinds" and for its portrayal of the once-troubled Spears as a role model.
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