by Cherszy (@cherszy)
She is the conservative, sometimes oddly-dressed, and spotlight-hogging captain of the glee club in Mckinley High in probably this year’s biggest hit Glee, but just a few days ago, she became the provocative girl, an object of eroticism, and a bad influence to the many young ones who adored the TV musical. Or so was the claim of many complaining parents as well as those who found the GQ front cover of its November issue offensive.
Lea Michele, together with her costars on the show, Cory Monteith and Dianna Agron, were subjected to much controversy after photos of their GQ shoot for its November issue were released both on the internet and on magazine stands. The “Glee Gone Wild” section of the said magazine didn’t receive as much applause and nods from the crowds as the TV show from which it took its models from. In fact, it was backlashed by many by labeling it as “racy”.
So, was the shoot really too much? Or, were the complaining people just overreacting?
I’ve seen the shots, well at least on the internet, and I personally think that it is definitely the most inappropriate pictures for kids to glue their eyes on, especially on the stars that they look up to as people who give them inspiration. But, wait, question is, how did your kids get a copy of those photos for an adult man’s magazine? That point aside, although the shoot was ill-fitted for the young audience, it should, in my humble opinion, not come out as offensive to the adults because I am pretty sure that this is not the first time that photos like these have come out on publications or TV shows or the internet or in any other media or even in real life (nude beaches for example). And given that this generation is already living under the influence of stars dressing indecently (Miley Cyrus, yes?) and posing (almost) nude (Kim Kardashian, people, Kim Kardashiaan), this should not come out as surprising or shocking even though we’re talking Glee stars. But, I understand that each person has his/her own system of taking in and reflecting on events or things as such, so I do get the idea that some people find it very hard to accept the photo shoot as something quite natural and common in the entertainment business.
We don’t want our favorite gleeks to follow in the footsteps of those who have gone astray in this entertainment industry where we’ll probably end up extremely saddened by their setting of bad examples and “inspiring” young ones to go wild and get lost of finding who they really are in the process. However, we must remember that these three stars are already in their 20’s, so they should be mature enough to filter which projects fit them and their personalities and to reflect on how these projects will affect their fans and viewers. Yet, I am in no way saying that this GQ shoot of these Glee stars reflect who they are in real life. I am in no position to make such a hasty judgement nor should anyone else who doesn’t know them personally. I just think that it is not fair to these three that they be judged negatively just because of this one shoot. It’s not as if this is the nth time they’ve done this.
But, even though I do not find the pictures offensive, unlike many others who do, I am not going to deny the fact that I feel greatly disappointed with what these gleeks did, especially in Dianna Agron, because I did not expect such “work” to come from them. I know it’s seductive and it shows how beautiful their bodies are, but I believe that what they did wasn’t a necessity to boost their already-growing positive images.
I love Glee. I love Dianna Agron, Lea Michele, and Cory Monteith. I love women who show their sexiness and their power. But, with all honesty, I did not love this GQ shoot. Like, it just wasn’t that cool. Sorry guys, but as I’ve said, I’m not judging who you are by it. And I really appreciated Dianna Agron’s release of apology for offending some people.
So, what did you guys think? Was the GQ shoot really too much or are some people just overreacting? Let me know in the comments section below.