It’s Friday! I’m going to two news posts today, the first is really a rant in response to a crazy story about Lea Michele making some moms mad with her picture on the cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine. Then I’ll take a look in a separate post for some general TV news. I don’t usually take the opportunity to let loose on these topics but sometimes I can’t help myself. Forgive me if I offend anyone, but I stand by my opinion.
There are a group of moms who are angry over Lea Michele’s picture for the March cover of Cosmopolitan magazine. They feel that because Lea plays a “good girl” on Glee she is sending the wrong message that makes one mom’s 13 year old son “very confused and offended”. Really? I’m sure he’s crying into his pillow at night. As a mom, I understand the need to protect your children, but frankly in my opinion if your kids are 11-14 and watching Glee then you’ve already blown it. The show doesn’t shy away from sexual topics, provocative clothes or uncomfortable subjects, and implying that one of it’s stars is responsible for how your children view right from wrong is ludicrous. I wouldn’t allow my almost 13 year old boy to watch any television if he didn’t understand that the actor/actress playing the role isn’t in reality that person. That’s the parent’s job to teach the children the difference between reality and television, and I’m not sure these moms know the difference. I watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a teenager, but I in no way expected Sarah Michelle Gellar to carry around stakes in her purse and free us all from the grip of some evil force. 😉
It’s not the media’s job to teach your child right from wrong, it’s the parents. A few things for all these parents who are in an uproar to remember: 1- Glee is not really a show that I would recommend to kids under 15, it deals with high school relationships, sexual issues, and a lot of topics that a child at the age of say 11, doesn’t need to be watching on television. 2- Lea Michele is 24 years old, she has the right to be an adult when she’s not playing her character. 3- If you’re only angry about the magazine cover, then don’t look. No one is forcing you or your son to look or buy.
All this aside, I say to these parents that you’re focusing on the wrong issues. A magazine cover is not going to corrupt our children, and it doesn’t take away from all the good that Glee does to get the word out about bullying, peer pressure and being an outcast. Next time, before you get your back up about a simple picture, (that really isn’t that racy at all, compared to the usual photos on Cosmo), you should take that moment to discuss with your children what their views are on sex in society and what’s acceptable and not, that will go farther to parent your children then condemning an actress for being a regular woman outside her role on a show. Source