The cast of 'Glee': Too racy in GQ?
In the latest evidence that the "Glee" hype machine might be starting to spiral out of control, three of its central stars -- Dianna Agron, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith -- have turned on the softcore-porn vibe in a photo shoot for the November issue of GQ. (Oh, and in case you're wondering, the previous most recent evidence of excessive "Glee" hype is the fact that a Rocky Horror "Glee" CD -- the sixth soundtrack in the program's brief history -- is now on sale at a retailer near you.)
Look, we're not prudes here at Celebritology. Unlike Sue Sylvester in the "Britney/Brittany" episode, we just looove a quality sex riot. But there's something about the pics on display in GQ -- especially the ones of Lea Michele -- that don't seem like the best publicity move for the show, which is hardly starving for publicity in the first place.
I single out Michele because the slideshow currently on display at GQ's Web site focuses primarily on her ... in her underwear, sucking on lollipops and/or tearing off what little remains of her clothes. This photo is a prime example.
For the record, Agron also dons some short skirts and bares plenty of midriff. As for Monteith, he of course remains fully clothed -- even fully buttoned-up and necktied in some pictures, for heaven's sake. And here you thought the gender double-standards of "Mad Men" were entirely retro fiction, you silly post-feminist reader.
Of course, it's no surprise to see hot, young female stars getting saucy to sell a few magazines. It's practically a tradition. But it's troublesome when it comes to "Glee" for a couple of reasons.
One: the show has a young fan base. Seeing the stars of "Glee" in trashy mode clearly doesn't set a great example for them.
But that actually bothers me less than reason two: "Glee" is supposed to be a salute to the high school underdogs, the theater nerds who can only find their voice when they're hiding out in the choral room. Michele's character, Rachel Berry, in particular is supposed to serve as an example of that, even if she is dating a quarterback. Last time I checked, theater geeks don't walk around locker rooms wearing tube socks, high heels and a pair of panties. (At least they didn't at my high school ... not even when the spring musical was "Cabaret.")
Clearly Lea Michele and Rachel Berry are two different people, and Michele shouldn't be forced to behave like her character 24/7. But there's something to be said for keeping the image of one's character in mind when engaging in promotion for the show. (By contrast, the "True Blood" Rolling Stone cover was provocative, but not problematic because those people are naked and/or bloody every week on that show. The shoot suited the source material, semi-racy though it may be.)
At Comic-Con in July, a roomful of Gleeks applauded the cast and crew of this show because it was clear that Murphy and his actors connected with the spirit of being different, of not going along with the crowd, of being a showtune-loving outcast. But the more hype and sexy magazine covers that "Glee's" success generates, the harder it is to believe in the underlying message that, supposedly, all that singing stands for.
But now it's your turn to weigh in.
| October 19, 2010; 4:05 PM ET
Categories: Celebrities | Tags: Glee
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