A Rant: Get Over it Moms and Media – Glee Girls Don’t Need to be Role Models

glee gq photoThe girls in the Glee cast can officially be crossed off the “role model for teens list,” along with the slew of ex-musketeers. The recent raunchy GQ shoot left little to the imagination for any hard up high school student or any other man reading the mag, which looked a lot more like an issue of Maxim. Glee has definitely turned up the volume on sexuality this season with lesbian kissing scenes, the Britney Spears episode (in its entirety) and football team banging cheerleaders. Add this season’s off-color comments about the handicapped, Asians, Jew fros, and praying to Grilled Cheesus and you’re watching adult TV.
But moms and the media are freaking over the connotations and overt sexuality and of course the photoshoot. Don’t get me wrong, the photoshoot was a blatant cry for perverted male viewers who surf barely legal sites and hang around playgrounds. But, looking at the bigger picture: Who said Glee was a family show? I don’t remember it being touted as a show about high school for “high schoolers.” A great show with innovative story lines, likable (and hatable) characters, and some incredible Broadway style numbers? Sure, but it’s not family fare. Aren’t adults aloud to watch something about teens without the whole world getting their panties in a bunch over who its influencing? These teens aren’t exactly the cast of Dawson’s Creek. If your kids aren’t ready for teen pregnancy, homosexual awareness, and experimentation, then set your tivo, but really all the rants have got even me ranting.

10 thoughts on “A Rant: Get Over it Moms and Media – Glee Girls Don’t Need to be Role Models

  1. cherie

    Good article. I didn’t see the shoot but I have heard a lot about it and yes, the subject matter on Glee has gotten a little over the top. It is not Family Fare…although it does view in a family fare timeslot. 8 p.m. is too early for this show.

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  2. tori aka ggs_closet

    That’s just craziness. Why in this day and age can’t we all remember that if you don’t like it or want your kids liking it…don’t watch, read, look, or listen to it. I’m getting so damn tired of watchdog moms and dads who not only feel the need to police their families but mine too.

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  3. Alison

    Jenny…once again I concur with your ranting. I am sick of people telling me what I can and cannot watch on tv, listen to on the radio, or read. When Howard Stern first started gracing our airwaves with his ‘shock-jock’ antics we as American citizens had the freedom to turn off our vices. Now we as American citizens still maintain that right, except that “you” as parents will now have to be more diligent and actually be a parent while allowing your children to mindlessly flip on the boob-tube and watch whatever they want. Stop forcing everyone else to parent for you. It was your choice to have children so man-up and parent. I wish we could take back those infamous words that graced our former First Lady’s lips when she stated, “It takes a village,” because honestly I think the villagers are taking advantage of their community!

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    1. Jenny from the blog Post author

      I sooo agree with you girls… I write so many articles on this very subject for sites that are hearing the feedback on a constant basis. Determine what you’re kids can and cannot watch. Not everything has to be suitable for kids… or even teens for that matter.

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  4. Marlini Ridlis

    Greetings frm Singapore!
    well, no doubt I love Glee. But as much as I love my kids, I will only watch it when the kids are asleep… Like u mentioned, its not a family fare at all… Especially if the kids are 5yr & 7yrs old.

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    1. Jenny from the blog Post author

      It’s funny, with my 5 year old, I’m tempted because I think most would be over her head and I know she’d enjoy the musical numbers, but I’ve held my ground… We’ll stick to Dancing with the Stars and American Idol for now.

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  5. Bari

    I’m a huge glee fan! LOVE it! Some of the best talent on tv. Let’s face it these people are huge young stars and need to keep themselves in the lime-light as along as it’s glowing. Let your teens watch the show just keep ’em away from Maxim.

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  6. Guy

    When did you begin expecting the TV networks to control the TV remote in your house? I don’t. When the content of any show.. Sponge Bob anyone? gets inappropriate for my 8 year-old daughter, I simply take the remote control away and we find something better to watch. The Disney channel has shows she doesn’t get to watch.

    Man-UP! Mom-UP! Take control of your life and don’t expect Rupert Murdoch, Gleeks and similar people take control of your house.

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