We’ve all seen the GQ photoshoot with Glee’s resident hotties, Cory Monteith, Diana Agron andLea Michele. Sure they might have been a little racy, but honestly, was it any worse than any other magazine spreads we’ve seen?
The Parents Television Council seems to think so. ‘It is disturbing that GQ, which is explicitly written for adult men, is sexualizing the actresses who play high school-aged characters on Glee in this way,’ PTC President Tim Winter said. ‘It borders on pedophilia. Sadly, this is just the latest example of the overt sexualization of young girls in entertainment.’
GQ released this statement in response: ‘The Parents Television Council must not be watching much TV these days and should learn to divide reality from fantasy.
‘As often happens in Hollywood, these ‘kids’ are in their twenties. Cory Montieth’s almost 30! I think they’re old enough to do what they want.’
We have to agree. Cory is 28, Diana and Lea are both 24. That hardly counts as pedophilia. Plus, news flash! TV shows about high school are hardly ever played by real teens.
Need proof? We’ve got 9 other shows and movies that star actors who are older than the characters they portray.
Blake Lively (Serena Van Der Woodsen) started portraying The Teen Queen Bee of the Upper East Side when she was 20. Leighton Meester was 21, Chace Crawford was 22 and Ed Westwick and Penn Badgley was 20.
Dionne Davenport (Stacy Dash) was the sassy sidekick to Cher (Alicia Silverstone) in the movie, Clueless. The superficial duo ruled their high school with an iron fist. Alicia was 19 when she coined the phrase, ‘As if!’ and Stacy was 29.
Ellen Page, then, 20 played the knocked up teen, Juno, opposite the wonderfully dorky Michael Cera, then 19.
Before Gossip Girl, The O.C. brought teen drama on TV. Benjamin McKenzie was 25 when he took on the role as Ryan Atwood, the hottie McHottie of the town. 22-year-old Rachel Bilson played the cheerful Summer, and Adam Brody was 23.
We don’t know about you, but 12 years ago we were glued on TV watching the kids on the creek. 21-year-old James Van Der Beek and 19 year old Katie Holmes with 23 year old Michelle Williams, gave