Suddenly GQ’s Glee spread just got kind of creepy again. It turns out that Billy Ray Cyrus is actually a member of the Parents Television Council, the organization that got its suspenders all bunched up over the non-nude photos of some twenty-somethings that appeared in a men’s magazine. And it breaks his achey breaky heart to hear the pics dissed as offensive. Somehow we don’t think the Billy Ray Seal of Approval will help GQ’s argument, but let’s hear him out.
According to TMZ, Cyrus disagrees with the PTC’s accusations that the photos of Lea Michele and Diana Agron are bordering on pedophilia. And we trust him.Ã‚Â If anyone knows the fine line between art and pedophilia, it’s this guy.Ã‚Â Mr. Miley has grown “disappointed” Ã‚Â and “fed up” with the council’s actions as of late, saying that it “has recently beenÃ‚Â spending all its time attacking people rather than promoting family television.” “Like Hannah Montana,” he added in his mind.
This isn’t the only rift between him and the PTC. Just recently they criticized his daughter Miley (who actually is underage)Ã‚Â for her newÃ‚Â “Who Owns My Heart” video. But apparently it wasn’t serious enough to force him to, you know, actually leave the council. Oh well. All we have left to say is: damn you Glee for making us side with Billy Ray Cyrus on something. Savor this moment Billy, because it’s probably the only time your name and “GQ” will ever appear together in print.
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Dianna Agron has apologized for that racy Glee GQ cover and photo-shoot on her Tumblr blog. Apparently the actress got tired of crazy parents groups comparing the Glee pics to pedophilia and she finally caved to the criticism… a little. While she apologizes in her post, she makes it clear that she’s gonna live her life how she wants, which seems reasonable to us seeing as the girl is 24-years-old. Writes the pretty blond:
In the land of Madonna, Britney, Miley, Gossip Girl, other public figures and shows that have pushed the envelope and challenged the levels of comfort in their viewers and fans…we are not the first. Now, in perpetuating the type of images that evoke these kind of emotions, I am sorry. If you are hurt or these photos make you uncomfortable, it was never our intention. And if your eight-year-old has a copy of our GQ cover in hand, again I am sorry. But I would have to ask, how on earth did it get there?
Good point Di. She goes on to declare how she was a kid who had no idea what sex was until she saw Grease (er, okay) and calls out parents on protecting kids from her and Lea Michele‘s exposed skin: “I understand that in today’s world of advanced technology, the internet, our kids can be subject to very adult material at the click of a button. But there are parental locks, and ways to get around this.”
Again, the woman is correct. Parents, STFU. When we were 8 years old the most popular song around was George Michael‘s “I Want Your Sex.” And guess what – we’re fine. Did we go through a phase were we had 1290180 one night stands set to George Michael’s music*? Sure! But other than that – a-okay! This GQ cover is not going to ruin your kid’s life. Trust us – it’s probably made it a whole lot better.
*Neither of these things are true.
Parents just don’t understand. The powerful watchdog group known as the Parents Television Council is up in arms over the recent photos of Glee stars in GQ. Shot by famed photographer Terry Richardson, the racy shoot depicts Lea Michele and Dianna Agron stripping in a high school, while Cory Monteith hangs out and plays the drums. What do the PTC have against drummers?
The organization issued a statement to TMZ today saying that the spread “borders on pedophilia. By authorizing this kind of near-pornographic display, the creators of the program have established their intentions on the shows direction. And it isn’t good for families.”
This would all be true, were it not for three flaws in their logic. First, last we checked GQ doesn’t really bill itself as a family friendly publication. Also, the high-schoolers are played by actors, all of whom are well above age. Cory Monteith turns 29 in May, while Michele and Agron are both 24. For those of you keeping score, that’s older than the Shannon twins (21), porn star Sasha Grey (22), and this month’s Playboy Playmate, Arianny Celeste (22).
We’ll be the first to admit that Terry Richardson kinda sketches us out. His photos may be a little creepy or unsettling to some, but we’re not sure if that makes them pedophilic. GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson responded by telling The Insider that “the Parents Television Control…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.”
What do you think? Do the photos go too far, or is the Parents Television Council over reacting?
We (being me, Kate Spencer) do not watch Glee. We tried, we failed, we’ve moved on. But we might just re-set our DVR if the cast came out and sang “Don’t Stop Believing” wearing booty shorts and knee-high socks every week. Lea Michele is welcome to be the biggest b*tch in the world if she wants, looking like this. Because that, friends is how you become popular in real life! Or that’s how it always looked to us unpopular kids.
Lea was joined by cast-mates Dianna Agron and Cory Monteith for the GQ cover and story, and she’s got another provocative pic inside the mag straddling a locker room bench (you can thank Terry Richardson, natch). Inside she reveals that the night Chris Colfer (Kurt) came over to cheer her up with a pint of ice cream and Madea Goes to Jail was “the best night of my life.” Just goes to show that Glee is G-rated no matter how many lollipop-sucking photos the cast takes.
Andy Warhol famously said, “In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.” Maybe what he meant was, “In the future, everyone get an episode of Glee.” It looks likeÃ‚Â Taylor Swift is being sucked into the Glee vortex that has claimed the street-cred of an untold number of artists. Although to be fair, her tunes about teen-romance drama seem perfectly suited for the halls of McKinley High School.
T-Swift told Zap2It that there have been talks, but “it usually comes down to scheduling. I’m a huge fan of the show, and I think it showcases music in a great way, so I would be really excited if anything were to happen there.” Sounds to us like Taylor better make some time, or else she’s going to have an army of Gleeks to answer to. And we’re pretty sure they’ll make Kanye look like a teddy bear.
Glee‘s resident hot mama (literally) has headed in a “New Direction” and hit the big screen, and in what we predict will be a big way. Dianna Agron stars opposite her real-life boyfriend Alex Pettyfer in the sci-fi thriller I Am Number Four, due out just in time for your 2011 Valentine’s Day date night.
Pettyfer plays one of nine human-like aliens who’ve escaped to Planet Earth. A deadly enemy species hunts him down, but for unknown reasons the predators must kill the sexiest aliens in the history of cinema in sequential order. Three parish (possibly prior to the film’s start), and Agron’s new alien boy toy is #4. This poppin’ fresh teaser trailer leads us to believe there will be little-to-no spontaneous song-and-dance numbers.
Take a closer look at Dianna Agron below, including a shot of the very blond lovers on set.
Theirs is a tale of two musical theater geeks who courted each other, and then went on to great fame and success…we’re talking about the unlikely pairing of Kristen Bell and Glee‘s Matthew Morrison. Not recently, of course, since Bell is engaged to Dax Shepard, but back in college, Bell admits that she and Morrison dated.
“I actually went to college with Matty Morrison,” Bell says, referring to the years they spent together at New York University where both studied theater. “We actually dated very briefly, so I’ll have to say maybe Matt Morrison is my favorite part of Glee for various reasons.” We love this kind of story. It’s like when we found out Tommy Lee Jones and Al Gore once were roommates, as were Danny DeVito and Michael Douglas, and Holly Hunter and Frances McDormand. That’s Hollywood magic right there!
Before becoming Veronica Mars and Sarah Marshall, Bell was actually a Broadway geek who was into musical theater, which makes her dalliance with Morrison apt – wonder if she’ll maneuver this tidbit into a coveted guest spot on the show?
This is still in talks, but our juju tells us it’s most likely, going to happen. Fo’ reals. Gwyneth Paltrow is negotiating a guest-spot on Glee. How are we supposed to react to this? We’re not quite sure yet, so why don’t you tell us. But before you sound off, here are the facts.
Gwynnie, as she does in her new movie Country Strong, will go the whole hog. She’ll sing. She’ll dance. She’ll sign everyone up for Goop, while cooking healthy macrobiotic snacks. (That last bit is ours, clearly, but given half a chance, that’s totes what she’d do! ) We can hear all you Gleeks muttering under your breath already, pondering, “When? Why? What?”
‘When’ is Glee’s second season which kickstarts right about now. ‘Why’ is because her royal Goopness and Glee creator, Ryan Murphy, are tight. And we’re scared to tell you about the ‘What’. Just remember, don’t shoot the messenger, okay? We’re just reporting, and not responsible for this casting coup… or catastrophe, depending on what side of the couch you’re on. The dish is that G.P is potentially being cast in a two-episode role as a kinda-sorta love interested for Mr Schue aka Matthew Morrison. But, but, but… what about Emma? Gah!
The story being discussed is that substitute teacher Gwyneth steps in when Mr Schuester gets sick. She’s lovable (and hot), and helps the Glee club when Mr Schue is down. And when he gets back up, let’s just say he’s thinking up some major love ballads for her.
But what about EMMA!
We don’t know yet, but if the deal comes through, they’ll start shooting the episodes in two weeks. Which leaves Gwyneth just enough time to go on a yoga-mastercleanse-Eastern alternative healing boot camp!
Gleeks go crazy, because the dishy actor who plays the altruistic Will Schuester, Matthew Morrison plans to cut his debut record by early 2011. Whaaaat? Please God, let this album be better than his fellow cast mate Mark Salling‘s single. We totally have a crush on M.M., so we’re really hoping this goes well for him. Then again, Salling is a hottie as well, and his off-screen musical venture wasn’t exactly top notch. Tricky one to call.
Curious to what his music is going to sound like? So are we! Morrison revealed it’s “eclectic.” Uh, we hear warning bells already because we don’t trust that word. It could mean anything! He went on to say that the album will have “a lot of stuff that you would find on the adult contemporary charts, but stuff that I hope you’ll hear in the club and you can dance to.” February is when he’s hoping it’ll drop and he’s going full steam ahead saying, “I’m about three-quarters of the way done with the album. During our hiatus was the big chunk of putting it together — it’s full-time ‘Glee’ right now. I’m trying to do it on the weekends.”
So if this tanks, which again, we’re really hoping it won’t, Sue Sylvester’s never going to let him hear the end of it. The stakes are high! Oh and Matt, if you need any extra ladies for your music video to, ya know, dance (and by that we mean writhe) around you or somethin’, call us.
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