Glee: All Publicity Is Good, Right?

GLEE is hitting the headlines on both sides of the Atlantic today, with complaints about this week’s sex-themed episode featuring Gwyneth Paltrow.

The Parents’ Television Council are foaming at the mouth and called in to the Hollywood Reporter to voice their disapproval:

Isett was not a fan of the scene in which Paltrow and several students ripped open their shirts while dancing suggestively to “Do You Wanna Touch Me.”

“If you had a real-life instance of that, I think it’s fair to say the teacher involved would no longer be a teacher,” he says. “But somehow it’s acceptable for a fictional teacher to do this. Again, this is a real problem. Real-world teachers don’t lap dance with their students.”

Meanwhile, the Guardian points out that all royalties from Do You Wanna Touch Me will go straight to the songwriter, convicted pedophile, Gary Glitter, who penned the original hit back in 1973. This could be a substantial sum of money – apart from the TV performance rights, the song is already available on US iTunes. These days, UK TV and radio steer clear of Gary Glitter songs for the very reason that they don’t want to provide him with income, but it seems the producers of Glee aren’t so squeamish about rewarding those who exploit minors – we’re back to the GQ photo shoot all over again. It also seems that Paltrow is keen to promote her nascent career as a singer at all costs, even when it means embroiling herself in a potential scandal.

Parents Television Council Blasts Sex Episode of Glee as ‘appalling’ – Hollywood Reporter
Glee’s Gwyneth Paltrow in row over Gary Glitter cover – The Guardian

2 Responses to “Glee: All Publicity Is Good, Right?”

  1. katrina Says:

    Just a quick point – the actresses who participated in the GQ photo shoot – Lea Michele and Dianna Agron – are both in their early 20s. I think people are often too quick to associate actors with the characters they play, which is problematic to say the least! Both Michele and Agron may *play* high school girls, but in real life they are both mature adult women who made the decision to pose for the magazine on their own terms; I don’t think producer Ryan Murphy or anyone else behind Glee had anything to do with it. As Agron herself pointed out, if a little girl saw a picture of her favourite Glee star posing seductively in GQ, well, that’s awful, but how on Earth did that magazine get in her hands in the first place?

  2. Mediakno Says:

    Three stars from the show (Michele, Agron and Monteith) posed together, wearing school uniform-related duds, in a set up that was meant to represent a high school locker room, so there were clear associations with the show. It was a ploy to sell copies. If Agron or Michele, solo, had decided to do a glamour shoot in a non-school related setting, that would have been a different matter entirely, particularly if she had chosen to work with a photographer OTHER than Terry Richardson, who has been accused of sexually abusing the young models working for him.