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October 22nd, 2010
08:19 AM ET

"Glee" photos too sexy?

"Glee Gone Wild." The GQ Magazine photo spread featuring the cast members of Fox's hit family television show "Glee" clad in next-to-nothing outfits is called racy, even pornographic.

So, has a show that has already taken on its share of taboos gone too far this time?

This morning, two critics share opposite views with American Morning's John Roberts. Melissa Henson with the Parents Television Council says the photos are "very damaging" and send the wrong message. Robert Thompson, pop culture expert with Syracuse University, calls the photos "racy," but he isn’t so sure parents need to worry specifically about the photo spread.


Filed under: American Morning • Entertainment • Media • Parenting • Pop Culture
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  1. Peggy C.

    While these pictures are not something I would want my daughter to see because of the image it gives on what a young woman is supose to be, I do not have the magazine in my home for her to see them. I monitor her actions on the internet. I talk to her often about these types of issues as they are raised or brought to my attention. I also have to say that Glee magazine is not the one pushing this in my daughters face, the news media is. As I turn on the television each morning and watch the news these pictures are all over the screen and advertising for Glee magazine. If not for the media, I would not know of these pictures and my daughter would not be seeing them either.

    October 22, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  2. Scott C.

    In response to Kelly... NO, it IS the responsibility of the parent. We parents have the responsibility to teach our children to be safe, civil and to safely learn what is right and wrong. This does not have limitations. TV shows, books, movies, idols, schoolmates and much more are all included.

    October 22, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  3. Frii

    I think the spreed of Glee is ment for older role-playing adult that met when they were high school sweet hearts.

    October 22, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  4. Frii

    The school girl uniform is popular for all ages and costums are for sell just like other sexy uniforms. So an older women want to dress up and pull her hair into pig tails for her man, so what. Who am I to pass judgement.

    October 22, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  5. Scott C.

    I believe the actors should be free to do what they want on their own time. When they are promoting or representing the Glee show, they should act appropriate to their character. I have watched the show from day one and believe that they should have made it a College aged show, not high school. The show tows just over the line of what is appropriate behavior for high school (assuming 15-18 year olds).

    This issue has plagued actors for years, even when doing movies. If you are well known because of a series you're on, you are always looked upon as a representative of such. This is not far from being similar to the Juan Williams firing. NPR was aware and likely approved of his work on FOX, but when he crossed a line that they were not in agreeance with, they felt the need to react, knowing their audience who may have been offended may no longer find him credible when reporting on similar issues on NPR in which that company wanted to maintain an unbiased opinion/reporting of. I know we all have our opinions, but I must say that these practices have gone to my loss of credibility with reports. Can you say Rick Sanchez?

    October 22, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  6. Amanda

    When 1 out of 4 girls are raped, I think we need to take a closer look at the society and what messages it is sending to have such a horrific statistic. This is one of those messages and should not be tolerated.

    October 22, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  7. Kelly

    These pictures, and other similar pictures, ARE detrimental to society and are just as harmful as guns and whatever else they were compared to. It teaches young boys that girls need to be "pretty" (ironically that is what one of the males stated reinforcing that belief yet again) and sexy, and girls grow up believing that is all they are worth. This leads to behaviors on both parts that are harmful. It is not entirely the parent's responsibility and we need to start holding networks and individuals accountable for their lack of judgement. It takes a village to raise a child, and we need to start helping parents instead of making the task more difficult and then blaming them for the faults that are not theirs.

    October 22, 2010 at 8:47 am |