Why is there such a fuss over ‘Glee’s’ “hyper-sexualized,” “near-pornographic” presence in the November issue of GQ magazine? It’s not a surprising turn of events. The show has been controversial since its inception.
“While this photo shoot and the direction of the show in its second season have caught many parents off guard,” says the Parents Television Council (PTC) in an October 20thpress release, “we were concerned this might be coming. ‘Glee’ creator Ryan Murphy has declared that it is his goal in life to remove every barrier to the depiction of explicit sex on TV.”
Last September, I wrote of the counterfeit joy that ‘Glee’ offered Christian fans, but few heeded my warning. As is typical in our desensitized Christian sub-culture, many members confused “turning their cheeks” with turning their heads. Christian lovers of ‘Glee’ excused their allegiance to the show that glorified teenage homosexuality by exalting its musical refreshment.
But actor Chris Colfer warned last year when his character, Kurt, came out of the closet that the show opened up a Pandora's box and much more was on the way. As promised, this month alone has brought laughter over Jesus being called “Cheesus,” and allure over its high school characters parading in their underwear for GQ.
The PTC now declares, “By authorizing this kind of near-pornographic display, the creators of the program have established their intentions on the show’s direction. And it isn’t good for families.”
GQ Editor-in-Chief Jim Nelson responds to PTC’s concerns over his magazine's racy photo shoot, telling 'The Insider': “The Parents Television Council must not be watching much TV these days and should learn to divide reality from fantasy.” Apparently Nelson believes it is okay for children to fantasize about sexual promiscuity, as long as it doesn’t become reality. But that’s exactly where reality begins, in the minds of our imaginations.
Nelson further defends the shoot by reminding reporters that the actors of ‘Glee’ may play high school students, but they are no longer in high school. “I think they're old enough to do what they want,” he says. While this is true, it harkens the same response as the Ground Zero Mosque: Having the right to do something doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do.
PTC President Tim Winter says, “Parents need to be on guard as we expect the show to push the envelope even further. Unfortunately, it seems ‘Glee’ is only masquerading as family show and is far from appropriate for young viewers.” Hopefully all this fuss over the sexy photos will serve to awaken Christian fans of ‘Glee’ from their apathetic sleep.
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For what it’s worth, one of the characters in the shoot (Dianna Agron) says she is sorry for the uproar caused by the photos. Here’s a link if you’re interested in reading her response: http://felldowntherabbithole.tumblr.com/post/1362746026