Glee has never shied away from controversy and tonight's episode is no different: Two teen couples, one straight and one gay, will have sex for the first time. Not everyone is happy about it.
Two different conservative television watchdog groups have come out swinging against the upcoming Glee episode, "The First Time." One objecting specifically to the same-sex coupling and the other against the glamorization of teen sex in general.
In an open editorial, the Culture and Media Institute wrote that Glee has "waged a relentless campaign of liberal propaganda and pushing the boundaries of what's acceptable on broadcast TV" and says that tonight's episode means "the show is now stepping up its campaign of homosexual promotion."
The Parents Television Council says that they object, not to the gender of the sex partners, but to their ages.
"The fact that Glee intends to not only broadcast, but celebrate children having sex is reprehensible," said PTC president Tim Winter. "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. Fox knows the show inherently attracts kids; celebrating teen sex constitutes gross recklessness."
"Few parents realize the creator of Glee [Ryan Murphy] also demonstrated his taste for the depths of depravity in creating Nip/Tuck, a program in which no taboo was too extreme to violate," Winter added. "In fact, he stated publicly that his legacy may be to make possible a rear-entry scene on broadcast television. If past behavior is any indicator, parents can expect Glee to continue down this dangerous path."
Fox and Ryan Murphy have not responded to this fresh round of criticism.
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