Those Naughty, Naughty "Glee" Photos

Posted by David Ozanich — 21 Oct 2010

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So everyone’s getting their, ahem, panties in a bunch, about these “scandalous” photos of the cast of “Glee.” Here’s the take from today’s episode of “The View” in which Barbara Walters generally shrugs her shoulders but Sherri Shepherd FREAKS out.

Frankly, I don’t see what the big deal is - it’s GQ after all, not Tiger Beat or Seventeen Magazine. And no one loses their minds over Jennifer Aniston (of “Friends” fame - another generally innocuous TV show) posing half-nude on magazine covers.

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Diane Agron, the actress in the photos who is not Lea Michelle, wrote today on her blog:

"If you are hurt or these photos make you uncomfortable, it was never our intention. And if your eight-year-old has a copy of our GQ cover in hand, again I am sorry. But I would have to ask, how on earth did it get there?”


To which I say, YES, why DOES your 8-year-old have an issue of GQ? I’m its target demo and I haven’t picked up an issue in years.

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As is usual in these cases, the photos are MEANT to be shocking. They were taken by Terry Richardson, well-known as a photographer who shoots risque photos all the time. Here’s a recent one of the actor James Franco in drag and another of Batman and Robin kissing:

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Neither of those is offensive. They are, however, titillating which is often what photography should be. And please, Obama seems to like the guy based on this shot I found of them on his website:

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I really don’t see what the big deal is - “Glee” is overrated in my opinion anyway (and this comes from someone who adores musical theater) and basically everyone (including this blog) are playing into the PR machines of GQ and Fox television. But it’s nice to see photography in the news!

And just to prove that I’m not a “Glee” hater for calling it overrated, here’s the sublime cover they did last week of the classic Barbara Streisand/Judy Garland “Get Happy/Happy Days are Here Again" duet:

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