Thursday, October 21, 2010

And you thought I was irritated by KatyGate! 

Racy upcoming GQ photos of Glee stars Lea Michele and Diana Agron are flying around the Internets today. Our sex-negative, homophobic, nipple-bashing friends at the Parents Television Council have chimed in. So has Katie Couric. You can guess where I'm going with this.

The PTC calls the pics -- hilariously enough -- "borderline pedophilia."

That's right. Naughty photos of two 24-year-old actresses who pretend to be high schoolers constitute borderline pedophilia. Thus making every heterosexual man in America either a borderline pedophile or a liar.

Ridiculous hyperbole aside, if this were some Clarissa Explains it All-like show, then I could at least see their basic point, ho-hum as it may be in the age of Hit Me Baby One More Time. But they themselves label the show, in their "Viewing Guide," as inappropriate for kids under 16! (Summary of objections: "They admit that high school kids have sex! And there's a homo!")

So this has nothing to do with anything, and the PTC just can't deal with sex. Which we knew.

Katie Couric's response is a bit more perplexing: (my emphasis added)
....[Me and my 14-year-old daughter] both marvel at how beautifully the show has tackled difficult subjects like being gay, death, single parenthood, teenage pregnancy, disabilities and faith to name a few.

The program is already edgy in the right ways. These images don't really, in my humble opinion, fit the Glee gestalt...

These very adult photos of young women who perform in a family show just seem so un-Glee-like.
Is she simply trying to curry some scrap of favor with the nutjobs? Because if Katie is comfortable watching Glee with her 14-year-old daughter, and refers to this "edgy" show as a "family" show, she clearly has more in common with me than with the PTC. From the get go, Glee featured the themes Couric mentions, plus jokes about premature ejaculation, oral sex, alcohol-fueled sex, etc. So I guess her daughter can absorb all that just fine, but God forbid she has to wrap her brain around these photographs!

Sorry, KC. Not buying it. This is about something else. And if you are just pandering: Sorry. I regret to inform you that they're not going to watch the CBS Evening News even if you change your last name to Palin and flog an immigrant on live television.

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