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PTC Slams Glee for Britney Spears Episode

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We weren't fans of the Glee episode "Brittany/Britney" simply because it lacked any kind of cohesive storytelling.

But the Parents' Television Council has a very different reason for taking exception to the September 29 installment: it's appalled that Glee would honor someone with Britney's record.

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In a post on its website, the PTC came down on the show for its "pandering tribute to toxic teen role model Britney Spears," adding:

"Perhaps most troubling is the deification of a troubled pop star into a symbol of empowerment and self-esteem. Considering her stints in rehab, her very public breakdowns and her questionable parenting skills, there is absolutely no way Spears should be considered a role model. The producers of the show can spare us the old song-and-dance about fallen celebs turning their lives around."

What do you think of this criticism, fair or foul? Sound off below and/or in our Glee forum!

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It isn't anything new, I guess -- besides prohibition and no spitting laws, in the early part of the 20th century communities passed laws requiring people to bathe weekly and legislated the allowable length of women's skirts. It seems every group of people (or at best a too-loud part of a group) wants to force its ideas on how society ought to be on everyone else (and that's left and right, any religion or non-religion, gay or straight, or you-name-it). It's kind of sickening, actually. I guess, though, that the very famous bring out the moon-bat condemners -- consider that not even the Beatles can possibly be acceptable, let alone every other performer who's ever lived. TV shows do not have to be some EVIL nazi's view of what constitutes an acceptable role model, but should probably embrace the 99.999% of entertainment that those evil nazis find unacceptable. In fact, I would suggest to the Parents' Television Council that they shouldn't so gleefully embrace being the role model for nihilistic country club parents!


Omg give me a break. That's why TV is so censored as it is right now-- prudes and close-minded people are so offended by the little things that they can't really appreciate the creativity of a show. SN: that episode of glee did suck. lol


though these things have happened to Britney for them to see her as a bad role model, but this Glee. Its about the music, the message it brings and its mass effect on pop culture. Britney IS pop music for a generation of people, and yeah her personal life has had terrible downs, but....its her PERSONAL life, ya know? i loved the episode, and they did a good job mentioning Brit turning her life around and her many many hit songs effecting an entire generation of people on a good way. Yay for Britney, and Yay for Glee!.... Nay for PTC. Cant imagine how they would feel about doing a Metallica or Green Day episode with there politics, sex drugs and rock n roll. lol


I think glee did it perfectly. I mean, i wasn't a big fan of the episode...it seamed a little pointless to me but, well, glee showed Will saying that she wasn't a good role model and then they showed Emma saying that she's trying to turn that around. Yes, okay, maybe she isn't the best role model, i don't even really think she's that much of a good singer but, glee is known for trying out everything, and they had to do britnet, besides, it's not like the episode showed any bad thing, parents...it simply decided to honour a few very very famous hits and a very very famous person.

Glee Quotes

Beiste: Dr. Jones said the new end of world date is September 27, 2014
Brittany: That gives us like two whole years of giving love and brutal honesty to everyone we know.

Will: I hate to say it but I think as long as you keep being yourself, your life is probably going to be a constant string of 'don't belongs'.
Unique: I know. I should probably start getting used to it.
Will: No, no. You should never get used to it. All great changes come from people who refused to get used to what was accepted but wasn't right. Slavery, gay rights, New Coke.

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