The latest issue of GQ has a photo spread with three of the stars of Fox's Glee. The magazine, the show and the three actors (Cory Monteith, Dianna Agron and Lea Michele) have caught flak today over the photos and what they may or may not imply.
Linda Holmes's article published on NPR's website makes a good point. The photos are in poor taste, but not necessarily for the same reasons that the Parent's Television Council suggests.
I've seen the pictures and I really only have an issue with how Lea Michele has chosen to have herself portrayed. In the bulk of her photos she has on bikini underwear and little else. I like Lea, but I have to say that from what I've read about her in the press I think she must suffer from low self-esteem. This seems to be a situation where the photographer or GQ said we can do this "sexy" photo shoot and she jumped at it. Well guess what, you are pretty, you are sexy, etc., etc. and you don't have to go around with this lame FHX/Maxim style pictorial to prove that (except maybe to yourself).
Her pictures are tacky.
Her two co-stars are wearing pants (to a degree), for goodness sake! I think had Ms. Michele thrown on even a catholic school girl style skirt there would be less of an issue. Or for that matter, had she done a Jennifer Anniston style tastefully naked-but-not-naked shoot (without the high school overtones) people would have less to say about it. But then again, had she gone that route we probably wouldn't be talking about her.