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Editor on GQ Glee Photos Outrage: Get a Grip on Fantasy

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Editor defends Glee photos

Jim Nelson, GQ editor-in-chief,  is a little confused about the outrage over photos of a few Glee cast members in Calvin Klein undies and not much else.

He tells the Parents Television Council, via The Insider magazine, that its members need to brush up on the difference between reality and fiction. He also wishes to remind everyone that the three actors who play high school students on the show are, in fact, adults. Like, in their mid- to late-twenties.

True and fair enough. Except most of the complaints weren’t about underage girls posing like randy kittens. Rather, the outrage was that they had taken two female members of a cast of a show that lots of teens watch, and parodied/pornified them in character in the men’s magazine.

Here at Babble, we have both defended and criticized the photo spread (intentional!). My main complaint was over the fact that they dredged up the whole sexy school girl thing and that only skinny white girls made the cut. Sierra complained that the featured male, Cory Monteith, gets to wear pants (NB: judging from this photo of Nelson, I now understand Monteith’s look in the magazine).

Even Dianna Agron, the blond in the plaid skirt, says she was shocked when she saw them. She says that at the time of the shooting, the idea to dress and pose a la the school girl fantasy wasn’t her favorite, but …

Well, that’s exactly it. Why the same-old, same-0ld with these? Why is it the female actors who have to make these choices, whereas the males’ biggest compromise is whether to, I don’t know, submit to a manicure.

No, Nelson, indeed you’re not a pedophile. But a sexist bore? Sure, that’s fair.

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