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October 23, 2010  | by: Sharon Lin

The stars of Glee are quite possibly at the height of their stardom. They have easily, millions of fans who religiously tune in to watch their dance routines every week–which is why parents were so angered by the controversial photo shoot that Dianna Agron, Lea Michele, and Cory Monteith did for GQ Magazine. Looking at the pictures, it isn’t exactly difficult to understand why the parents were so upset. The photos portray a heightened sense of the high school characters they play by emphasizing the stereotypes (cheerleader, dork, and jock).

Though the photos would no doubt me considered racy if the subjects were high school students, it is important to realize that they are not their characters. This is not to say that scandalous clothing is justified with age, but it is high time to admit, however, that sex sells. It’s a truth that we’ve all known for much too long, and much too well. GQ Magazine has been known for their racy photos for so long that no reader would expect any less. These type of photos embody the magazine’s essence whether parents like it or not.

Though the three stars did no wrong, Agron was wise enough to take the high road and apologize for any negative emotions that the photos may have caused. Her maturity in this situation is laudable as she acknowledged the critics’ opinions while also explaining that these photos are a part of her career. In her apology, Agron also made a very good point by implying that children should not have copies of GQ Magazine to begin with. Parents need to stop blaming magazines and television stars for every bit of scandal in the media because they are the ones who enforce the idea that sex truly does sell.

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