Lea Michele Cosmo March 2011

Glee has been in the news for many reasons over the past few months. Golden Globe winners, Season 2 starting in the UK, Ryan Murphy and his foul language against artists who don’t want their discography to be used in the show and so on. Everyone knows I’m a Gleek, and someone like Kings of Leon need that kind of exposure because their new album isn’t doing as well as their “Sex on Fire” campaign. However, I didn’t agree with the angry rant Murphy seemed to have expressed. Not only is it bad for his reputation, but it makes us Gleeks look bad. If an artist doesn’t want to get involved, then just leave it. It’s their loss in the end. I think some artist need to remember that it’s not just about having their music in Glee. Glee is such a big platform for an artist’s music to be advertised. There are so many songs that have been used that I didn’t even know existed. Now I’m seeking out the originals and have become quite fond of them.

Anyways, other than that, Glee has been in the news for another reason. The apparent “racy” photo shoots in GQ and Cosmopolitan magazine.

Last year, the Glee cast had taken a photo shoot for GQ magazine with the tag line “Glee Gone Wild”. Reportedly a parent’s group called the photos “borders on pedophilia”. The parents television council mentioned that they were just “masquerading as a family show” and is the example of the “sexualization of young girls in entertainment”. Now I totally disagree with this. The argument here is that one, GQ magazine is not a young teenage magazine. It’s actually for the older, young adults plus. Secondly, Glee is not a children’s, family friendly show. It may be compared to High school Musical at times because of its musical aspect and that it’s set in a school but it’s not for the young ones. This is why it’s shown at 9pm in the UK. Also the actors, most of them, if not all, are over the age of 21. They are only portraying teens in the show, so whatever they do after that shouldn’t be a problem. It puzzles me how Glee can be classed as a family friendly show when it tackles all sorts of issues, such as sexuality, bullying, disability and so on and always has some sort of sexual reference, (they are teens after all, hormones will be spilling everywhere).  If the photo shoot were on a young teens magazine, then there would be a problem, other than that, I think some people are taking Glee the wrong way.

More recently, Lea Michele who plays the upfront, high-pitched Rachel Berry, is under fire for another photo shoot in the Cosmopolitan magazine. Michele, who is 24, is seen on the front cover wearing a black top with a huge plunging neckline. Fox news reported that parents of children who are fans of the show are not very happy about the photo shoot.

“New York mother Kim Trefcer told the news website: “I think Lea Michele is sending the wrong message. She plays such a ‘good girl’ on Glee and a lot of kids look up to her persona. Then she poses very provocatively on two magazine covers which makes my almost-13-year-old son very confused and offended… I find it frustrating as a parent who is trying to teach right from wrong to their kids and then you have things like this happen which is showing middle schoolers things like sex sells and all that goes along with that.” Source: http://celebrity.uk.msn.com/news/gossip/articles.aspx?cp-documentid=156064826

From that statement, it’s quite funny. Rachel Berry a “good girl” in Glee? I wonder how many episodes they’ve watched. They certainly missed out the episode ‘Bad Reputation’ and haven’t been paying much attention to Mercedes. Also, at the age of 13, I would expect that someone would know the difference between television and reality. If not, they should stick to cartoons. The photo shoot was of Lea Michele, not of Rachel Berry. And Glee has on many occasions shown through their episodes what the “teenagers” thought was right and in the end they find out it was wrong and learn from their mistakes, as we all do. Lastly, the magazine Cosmopolitan is actually aimed at adults. Lea Michele is her own person. What would happen if she went on to make a film where she had to do photo shoots like these? You can’t argue with it because she’s not Rachel Berry. Just like Vanessa Hudgens. I don’t hear any complaints about her new film ‘Sucker Punch’ with those outfits, yet she was good little miss Gabriella Montez in High School Musical and is 2 years younger than Michele. I believe there are other topics in the world to be complaining about other than confusing television and reality.

On a high note, Michele looks Gleemorous!