Perhaps it’s because I’m feeling extra emotional lately, but Glee’s most recent episode pulled on my heartstrings. The show’s theme was Lady Gaga’s song, Born This Way, and the story began with Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) wanting a nose job. In real life, Lea Michele has been very vocal about her opposition to changing her nose, and I’ve called her my personal hero because of it. I figure us big-schnozed Jews have to stick together, and it certainly helps when one of those schnozes is famous. Watch a clip from the show below to see Lea Michele and Dianna Agron sing a mash-up of Pretty/Unpretty.
Dianna Agron wrote a ridiculous apology on her blog, and it clearly proves that she still doesn’t understand the problem with the GQ photo-shoot. She apologizes and then says, “in the land of Madonna, Britney, Miley, ‘Gossip Girl,’ other public figures and shows that have pushed the envelope and challenged the levels of comfort in their viewers and fans… we are not the first.” I’m going to break this down for both Dianna, and for GQ Magazine, who defended their uncreative photographer by saying, “these ‘kids’ are in their twenties and should be able to “do what they want.” Here goes. The problem is not that Glee is a family show, and young children will be exposed to the magazine. The problem is that women in the entertainment industry are consistently sexualized by men, and yet they continue to pose nearly naked. Do you ever see Reese Witherspoon on the cover of a magazine in her underwear? She’s the only celebrity that has spoken out about her deliberate choice to keep her clothes on in photo-shoots. It isn’t necessary, and the next time the photographer comes up with the unoriginal idea, perhaps Lea Michele and Dianna Agron should stand up for themselves.
In response to the outrage over the Glee GQ cover, bad-boy Mark Salling said he thinks it’s “not a big deal,” because “people are starving,” and “there’s more important things to worry about in the world.” Can celebrities stop making this argument when trying to circumvent tabloid criticism? I’m fully capable of focusing on world peace and a slutty GQ cover at the same time. Isn’t it funny how much information my pea-sized-brain can actually handle? How about I focus on those things and stop watching Glee altogether (since that other stuff is so much more important)? The cover was gross and unnecessary. Accept responsibility and move on.
What do you do when your show is successful? Take pictures of the female cast members in their underwear, of course. Dianna Agron and Lea Michele took some very racy pictures for GQ Magazine, presumably because the photographer is an unoriginal pervert who could only think of taking sexual photos. I’m curious how the conversation went. Here’s what I imagine: “Hey Lea and Dianna, you know what would be really great? If you just stripped down to your underwear and posed with a come-fu*k-me face.” This isn’t the first time Lea Michele has posed in her underwear, so I’m guessing she’s comfortable with it. For the life of me I’ll never understand why actresses feel the need to sexualize themselves in the entertainment industry. Reese Witherspoon might be the only celebrity that refuses to do it, and I’m sure she’s endlessly propositioned. By the way, isn’t Glee a family show? To see the pictures in question, click the link below.