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“Glee” Photoshoot For GQ Decried By Parental Watchdog Group

“Glee” Photoshoot For GQ Decried By Parental Watchdog Group (photo)

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Normally I try to avoid discussing “Glee” or even acknowledging the show exists, as part of a general disdain for anything that combines a high-school setting within a musical genre. They’re so saccharin and vapid, so prurient. So perhaps fittingly, it is only with the most base thing possible that I crack — a pornographic photo controversy.

They’re not really porn, but the “Glee” photos featured in GQ are pushing some boundaries and clearly pushing the Parents Television Council’s buttons. “It is disturbing that GQ, which is explicitly written for adult men, is sexualizing the actresses who play high school-aged characters on ‘Glee’ in this way,” said the watchdog group’s President, Tim Winter. “It borders on pedophilia. Sadly, this is just the latest example of the overt sexualization of young girls in entertainment.”

Thing is, these young “girls” are no where near bordering on pedophilia. They’re 24 years old. Lea Michele from the cast of “Glee,” featured in one of the GQ photos, is sitting rather inappropriately in her American Apparel-come-Frederick’s of Hollywood get up, but I’ve seen worse (or better) in very public ads of both companies. Personally, the photos do nothing for me, and as a guy, don’t make me want to watch the show any more than before. In fact, this photo is disturbingly reminiscent of a man I saw on the L train last week that I’d like to forget about.

GQ‘s curt retort was, “The Parents Television Council must not be watching much TV these days and 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.”

The photos may garner some readers for GQ but they sure won’t help gather a male audience for the show, which Deadline reports will be airing after the Super Bowl in January. The channels won’t change fast enough.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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