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Parents Television Council NOT Happy About Glee's 'Sexy' Episode

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Parents Council calls Sexy Glee episode appalling

We asked what U thought about Tuesday night's episode of Glee earlier, but here's what the Parents Television Council thought:

"From the beginning of the episode, it was pretty clear the gist of it was going to be that abstinence is off the table and we're going to make the celibacy club look like the nerds convention essentially. There was very little doubt — despite the sort of lip service the show gave to responsible sexual activity — that the gist of the show was lap dances with students is cool, the celibacy club is not, and when it's presented in that way, it really cheapens whatever discussion there is about consequence and responsibility."

So…they loved it? Ha!

They are actually calling the episode "appalling" and were not a fan of Gwyneth Paltrow's risque teaching techniques, saying:

"If you had a real-life instance of that, I think it's fair to say the teacher involved would no longer be a teacher, but somehow it's acceptable for a fictional teacher to do this. Again, this is a real problem. Real-world teachers don't lap dance with their students."

Dan Isett, the group's director of public policy, says the show is sending mixed messages, explaining:

"I'm sure if you were to talk to Fox or [creator] Ryan Murphy, they would say they're trying to present an honest portrayal, and that it makes it easier for kids to talk to their parents about these issues, and all of that is certainly commendable. But at the same time, the show is based on making sexual content look cool. That's why it's a popular show.”

It sure is! So popular that 11.96 million people tuned in to watch it!

Are these parents overreacting or did Glee cross the line Tuesday night?

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55 comments to “Parents Television Council NOT Happy About Glee's 'Sexy' Episode”

  1. 1

    THIS IS A COMPLIMENT! Further proof that Glee is the most important, educational, provocative, ahead of it's time show on TV.

  2. 2

    "If you had a real-life instance of that, I think it's fair to say the teacher involved would no longer be a teacher, but somehow it's acceptable for a fictional teacher to do this."

    mhmm, this may not be an accurate portrayal but neither is the idea of school kids singing like they're on broadway! it's a television show, it's meant to be fun, not constantly preaching to kids about the naive ideas that we shouldn't teach sex ed and that kids arnt gona have sex coz THATS is just pure fiction.

  3. 3

    If you don't like it, don't watch it.

  4. 4

    I'm glad they are doing a show about sex education. I can't believe in this day and age the number of parents that let their children learn about sex on their own. A show like this may answer questions for some and open up dialog for others. The Seperate schools still in 2011 do not teach sex ed which is just plain shameful! Information is never wrong!!!

  5. 5

    how surprising for them to react this way. they're usually so nonjudgemental and open minded. LOL!! god these people are so predictable. it's a god damned T.V. show. if you don't want you kids to see it be a parent and turn the channel. if they really cared about children or parents why don't they rally opposition to congressional efforts to end funding for Planned Parenthood.

  6. 6

    Why the fuck are they talking? I don't even watch this shit, but I know the storylines and especially the MUSIC they sing. Parents are worried about this episode? When they're singing about going "all the way" tonight? I thought parents didn't want their kids to have sex at a young age, so why are they bitching and complaining. Shut the fuck up mom and dad, and make your children turn the show off if you don't approve.

  7. 7

    tell the parents to flip it to Barney or the Tella Tubbys….And what the hell happen to the Miley Cyrus paps story, its gone now…I wanted to give her some cool points, the paps are like cock roaches & look like dam fools running after people

  8. 8

    Towards the end of the episode Holly goes to Will and tells him she has to go work at a different school because of what she did. While I think the real life consequence would have been more severe, I thought the fact they acknowledged she "crossed the line"was good. What it comes down to is a parent decides what to allow their child to watch. I can say I would let my child watch this or that but thats me….no one has the right to tell me what is or isn't appropriate and the PTC should just shut up.

  9. 9

    i don't understand why so many people watch this show. it sucks. right up there with jersey shore and dancing with the stars.

  10. 10

    Well…gwyneth paltrows character was right; celibacy isn't realistic anymore, so it's better to prepare the teens with info on safe sex and STD's, and let them make the choice.

  11. 11

    I don't understand how this show gets shit, but that crappy Secret Life of the American Teenager does not. They openly talk about oral sex, having sex, 2 of the girls get pregnant, and they constantly change partners… and its on ABC FAMILY… They should be more concerned about what their kids are actually doing and not what they are watching.

  12. 12

    I think the Britney episode was way more sexual! I like what they were trying to do, for sure! But, if you have young children, dvr it and watch it later. I do think it needs to be on later in the evening, though!

  13. 13

    Glee is not a kid's show! DUH! The content appearing on the show backs it up,so is the time slot it is appeared on! Parent's need to stop complaining and bitching. They need to realize high school kids think about these topics portrayed on Glee. If parent's don't like it too bad! It's not meant for the parent's approval, it's made for the viewers who enjoy the show whom ever they may be! GET OVER IT!

  14. mw says – reply to this


    You know they're right. I only totally enjoyed it b/c my kids are little and not watching. Just like MTV - no WAY are my kids watching jersey shore and teen mom CRAP! Glee is far better but still - a bit much. I only hope that the creators of the show have children and can create from that perspective.

  15. 15

    Well…I think America is fucked if these parents on the parents council expects glee to teach their children about stds and abstinence… its an entertaining show, not a afternoon health class. If these parents are so concerned how about they notch up their parenting and teach their own child about abstinence instead of looking to TV to do their job for them. That episode was amazing!

  16. 16

    My thought is this: Prince's "Kiss" DOES NOT work as a tango, and Gwyneth's singing and dancing were both unimpressive.

  17. 17

    Ya kids.. learn about sex on the gutter like your parents had to. Who ever heard of a fun, talented, informative way to learn about sex?
    You can tell all the members of The Parent Television Council still are thinking like it's 1950 and teens are virtuous and pure. If it was up to them we'd still be singing songs like "Afternoon Delight" oh wait…
    The Parent Television Council needs to sit in the corner with the PITA group and STFU!

  18. 18

    Re: mw – Good….you're a good parent. Neither of those are kids shows, including glee, so good thing you don't let them. The creator knows very well he isn't creating for a kids audience, so he doesn't care about the children. The creator of Criminal minds isn't going to cater to children either, yet both of the shows are on at the same time period. People need to pick and choose what their children should watch and not watch.

  19. 19

    Heather3: There was outrage at the Britney episode as well.

    As for this episode, I was uncomfortable with the "Do You Wanna Touch Me" number but on the other hand, the storyline with Kurt/Blaine/Burt made this an episode I enjoyed for the story instead of the songs.

  20. 20

    Re: im_that_awesome – Could not agree more. An I think that Kurt's dad speech was there for a reason. To remind everyone that a first time is important which contrast with everyone else views and makes the point much stronger.

  21. 21

    Anybody else notice that her singing was about a 1/2 note flat during the Oscars?

  22. 22

    Personally, I think the message of the show was that neither the completely prude, unrealistic counselor nor Gwenyth's titillating character were correct in their methods, and it's probably best for children to learn these things at home from their parents. Kurt's dad's speech was one of the best written moments in the show. I would hope it could inspire others to be frank and honest with their children, while respecting their intelligence.

  23. 23

    Did these parents not see the warning before the show? It was pretty clear from the warning this episode was not kid-friendly. Get over yourself crazies!

  24. 24

    Re: MCRandA7X4life – society responds to this shit which effects everyone….whether we choose to watch it or not…moron.

  25. 25

    If you don't want to see teachers lap dancing with their students,THEN DON'T WATCH!!! Plus , they complai SOOOOO MUUUUCH!!!! They must think that their kids are retarded or something… their kids probably have seen waaaaay worse thing on the internet!!!

  26. 26

    I was watching the view this morning and they tried to say Glee is a kids show….GLEE ISNT A FUCKING KIDS SHOW. it's for teenagers and adults!

  27. 27

    Just throwing this in there..they say if she was a real teacher she would no longer be working, so they acknowledge that this show is FICTION. Because when I was in high school we didn't break out into song and dance.

  28. 28

    Paltrowshitsky will do anything for media attention…she is ugly….

  29. 29

    Goop, or Crap. or WHATEVER her nick-name is, can't sing for beans….

  30. 30

    Glee is not a kids show. It has never been a kids show. There was also a 'viewer discretion' warning before the show. As for the time slot, it's the same time that several crime shows are on as well as Family Guy.

    Also, it's a TV show. I realize that people (specifically, young people) look up to fictional TV characters but if your children can't distinguish between fiction/fantansy and real life then your kid is messed up or you did something wrong as a parent.

    And finally, this is beyond silly. There are about a million things more important than what's happening on a fictional TV show.

  31. 31

    Geez if you don't like the show turn it the fuck off and watch your own damn kids its not the shows or the actors responsibilities.. it's the parents.. damn these bitches complain about everything…

  32. 32

    The PTC have always labored under the false assumption that if you keep sexual content away from teens, those teens will embrace abstinence. How's that working out? For better or worse, we live in a sexualized society. It's best not to pretend otherwise. Look at advertising, TV shows, movies. If you're a parent, and you're concerned about content you deem objectionable, it's up to you to find a way to address it with your children. You can't bully TV shows into only showing content that fits into your narrow vision of appropriateness.

  33. 33

    I knew it! I Knew this was going to happen as soon as the show ended, I thought, wow the show is going to get a lot of complaints from a lot of angry parents about this episode. But I liked it. I thought it was funny.

  34. 34

    These parents are being as stupid as Emma on the show… Holly Holliday was right - they're going to do it anyway, better to give them the facts. I think it was a damn near accurate portrayal. I've worked with kids who have no idea what any of the STDs are - one even thought there only was one disease, called "STD." They know about sex - it's all over entertainment and the media. They don't know about the consequences: disease, pregnancy, jail for statutory rape. Shows like this are EXACTLY what American needs. Bravo, Glee!!!

  35. 35

    I am a mother of three teenagers and I love the episode. Where we live sex education is part of the educational system and essential as far as I am concerned. Just because you educate your children doesn't mean they are going to run out and have sex!

  36. 36

    Parents won't talk to their children about sex anymore, my mom sure didn't.
    I learned everything from the parents of my favorite television shows, AND Glee has a 14+ rating, it's not a children's show, so if parents with 8 year olds have issues with the content, they can stop their child from watching the show.
    On another note, I found that the episode was very entertaining and hit some strong points. :)

  37. 37

    That show is too risque for teens with conservative parents,but why is that a bad thing? Don't let them watch it and let the rest of us enjoy a little black humor.

  38. 38

    Gwenyth's song made me uncomfortable. To see her grabbing her crotch with other students was just a bit too far for me. I hated the first half of the episode, but loved the second half. Kurt's sex talk was wonderful, Santana's coming out was fabulous and the Landslide performance was great. But the first half was a bit too icky.

  39. 39

    Would these people just shut the fuck up and raise their own kids.

  40. 40

    Everyone is talking about "being a parent and turning off the tv" or "teaching your own kids about std's and not allowing tv to do it"…yeah, sure, easy to say about our own kids. My own kids aren't the problem and have age appropriate sex ed info. But I teach high school, and most of my students don't. Sex ed is abstinence based at my school, and while I think abstinence is best, I think they need to know more (they are already telling me they have sex). I have kids thinking they can get pregnant from going in the ocean (seriously…because she said she heard sperm swim). Std's came up and only one girl knew about any diseases besides AIDS–the rest had never even heard of chlamydia. And they thought it could be avoided if you took a bath after…I don't know. I wish we stopped sexing up every show and stopped glamorizing young and uncommitted sex. Because lots of parents aren't being parents and teachers have limited power (I am not supposed to talk about this at all although I do some, and really, it doesn't come up all the time–I am not a health teacher!) so kids really do get their values and info from tv–as much as I hate that.

  41. 41

    just because a show has "singing" in it, doesnt automatically make it kid friendly. I really don't know why so many adults seem to think it's this holy, virginal family friendly show that 8 year olds should watch. It's a show about young horny kids in high school who deal with sex, hormones, teen pregnancy, bullying, drugs and alcohol. It's pretty clear that glee isn't meant for 8 year olds. I swear the north american population is so hard headed

  42. 42

    I'm a big Glee fan, and I'm happy that they did a sex education episode. Especially Kurt's dad's speech, I thought that was really touching. However, I do agree that if a teacher ever actually sang Do You Wanna Touch Me like Gwen did.. they would def. be fired. That was not an appropriate example of "sex ed." But Holly Holiday is a ridiculous character, and it was supposed to be kinda ridiculous.

  43. 43

    It's a television show. Sex exists. It was a very entertaining episode, and talked more about safe sex than our mostly "abstinence only" sex ed curriculum. If you don't want your child watching, change the channel or TALK TO THEM about SEX. How many times have YOU had SEX? SEX SEX SEX. It's REAL and it's HAPPENING. Glee isn't about educating your children, but if they're doing more than you are, you have no room to complain.

  44. 44

    Please the same people that are knocking the show are the same ones that are hocking out there daughters who got knocked up at Jesus Camp, so they have there own show. Keeping your children ignorant only makes they grow into ignorant uneducated adults. evolution is a fact. the world is not flat and christianity is not the one true religion.

  45. 45

    i thought it went too far.
    all in the name of pushing boundaries and getting high ratings.

    meh. the singing was ok i guess.

  46. 46

    I finally watched this yesterday. I have difficulty with Glee evident autotune-overdrive. The neccessity of autotune does not a singing sensation make. The gimic of having a "celebrity" on an episode is BOOORING! The saving grace of that episode were the conversations about sexuality, expression, confidence, naivite & reality. The conversation between Kurt & his Dad was the best for that.

  47. 47

    i like glee but people including the show writer's etc, need to stop knocking celibate people…
    how is being celibate anymore different than being gay or straight
    why is it ok to bully celibates and ridicule them but not anyone other sexual preference?

  48. 48

    you cannot blast a show for being inappropriate to an audience that has been advised against watching it. if parents have an issue, don't let your kids watch it. simple as that.

  49. 49

    I agree with everyone that while the show takes place in high school, it is definitely not a kids show. And for the record, they did post a warning at the beginning of the episode saying that this particular one was going to be highly sexualized. I don't see how these people can be so upset about it, they were warned.

  50. 50

    I don't think a teacher that pushes kids out of the way in the hall would be a teacher anymore either. It is just a show for goodness sake! And a GREAT show at that. The "Sexy" episode was probably my favorite thus far. Santana "coming out" kind of made me actually like her character. While I can see both sides of this story, I think you did get to see the consequences (Quinn had a baby last year HELLOOOO!) and it was a great way to approach the subject. The show is AMAZING and they could do no wrong in my eyes!

  51. 51

    No they didn't cross the line. They were trying to inform the kids in a way that they would acutally listen to it. Sitting at a table preaching abstinence will not inform them of the risks and responsibilities that come with being sexually active. They have acknowledge that there is a lot of tempation out there but they are trying to protect/inform kids.

  52. 52

    I'm not an uptight parent and I talk about sex openly with my kids, including the STD talk, but this episode made me uncomfortable. Holly Holiday's song and dance with the kids was just so over the line. I liked Kurt's talk with his dad. That was awesome, and Santana's coming out, but HH was just too much. And one of my son's is 16 and he has no intention of having sex yet. So not every teenager is rushing to have it.

  53. 53

    Glee could have done worse things lol It was such a great episode :)

  54. 54

    I personally felt the little speech Kurt got from his father towards the end, whatever the impression of the rest of the show. Maybe sex doesn't have to mean everything, but it should mean something. And it is much better to have some clue of what you're getting into before you run of and do something without a thought as to the consequenses. Raise your kids to be strong individuals, give them the facts and tell them it's a good idea not to rush it.

  55. 55

    Re: hokeypokey29 – OMG finally someone is saying something about Secret Life I have been saying that for forever. I watch the show sometimess but seriously? two girls get pregnant. And then its like they try to make it seem better by having teenagers run off and get married? its dumb