The women of “The View” touched on the “Glee”-GQ photo shoot affair Thursday (Oct. 21), and we got several things out of the discussion.
Barbara Walters doesn’t really care. Babs took the laissez-faire position on the photos of “Glee” stars Lea Michele and Dianna Agron, about which the Parents Television Council has raised a ferocious stink. Walters notes that Agron and Michele are both in their mid-20s and that no one forced them into their provocative poses. “I just can’t get that passionate about it,” she says.
And, over the objections of her co-hosts who worry that younger kids will be scarred by the photos, Walters says (hilariously, to our ears) that if a kid is resourceful enough to get his hands on the magazine, “it’s probably not the first” racy picture he’s seen.
]]>Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck are indignant. In addition to being convinced that the nation’s 10- and 12-year-old boys are rushing to their local 7-Elevens to sneak a peek at Rachel and Quinn in skimpy clothes, Shepherd wonders about the ethics of people who are trying to make a buck of the images of actors from a popular show about teenagers. So is Hasselbeck, who figures GQ is only trying to sell magazines. Well, yeah.
Patricia Heaton is looking for a teaching moment. Heaton, who was a guest host on Thursday, raises valid concerns about whether the photos contribute to the sexualization of teenagers (or young women who play teenagers). She also has probably the best line of the whole exchange. Referring to the numerous sexualized billboards she sees driving around Los Angeles, she says she tells her sons, “If you see a girl who looks like that, run the other direction.”
There was also one thing we couldn’t quite figure out: In discussing who at “Glee” gave the OK for the photo shoot, Shepherd talked about appearing on another TV series with an actress who was 35 but played a 15-year-old, and “they wouldn’t allow her to drink in public.” We pored over Shepherd’s other credits but couldn’t figure out which show or which actress she meant. Anyone else have an idea?
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