The popular teen show gets parental backlash over their virginity-losing episode.
Leave it to those conservative types to raise the flags every time a hit show decides to color outsides the lines. At the top of their hit list at the moment? Glee, of course!
The folks at the Parents Television Council is unleashing their fury on the show because of the latest episode that tells the story of two couples having sex for the first time. Oh, and did we mention that one of the couples is straight and the other is gay?
Yes, the picture seems clear, doesn't it? Well, we thought so. But according to Entertainment Weekly, the issue has nothing to do with their sexuality, but the age of the characters. 3 Things Glee Teaches Us About Love
"The fact that Glee intends to not only broadcast, but celebrate children having sex is reprehensible," said PTC president Tim Winter, who was quoted in today's Entertainment Weekly story on the topic. "The gender of the high school characters involved is irrelevant. Teen sex is now more prevalent on TV than adult sex and Glee is only playing into that trend. Research proves that television is a teen sexual super peer that can, and likely will, influence a teen's decision to become sexually active."
Winter goes on to say that the show's home network, Fox, is "celebrating teen sex."
This dissent isn’t really a surprise to one of the show's stars, Chris Colfer. But, he notes that the episode is tasteful. "I absolutely expect to hear from them," he told Entertainment Weekly in an earlier story. "But I think it's handled very sweetly and very emotionally... They're expecting this big, raunchy, suggestive, brainwashing storyline when really it's very sweet." Glee's Chris Colfer "Held Hostage" By Lady Fans
He ultimately defends the episode with the point: "Teens are having sex. There's not that much you can do to stop it, and we're just showing a story about it... It's about an experience in these teen's lives that everyone has."
Colfer also points out that they're not only talking about teen sex, but about safe teen sex. Colfer’s character, Kurt, has a conversation with his father about his first time, noting that it should count and be meaningful.
Honestly, we have to side with Colfer on this one. Not only is teens having sex a practically normalized reality these days, but it's happening between straight and gay teens alike. So, if a show is going to talk about it, at least its emphasizing the meaningful and safe parts about it.
You better believe we'll be tuning in!
Tell us: should Glee be covering such hot topics as teen sex, or should the show keep things tame?
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