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In this handout released on October 20, 2010, cast members from the television series Glee Cory Monteith, Dianna Agron and Lea Michele are pictured on the cover and inside spread of the November issue of GQ magazine. A racy photo shoot for men's magazine GQ featuring the three "Glee" cast members raised eyebrows on Wednesday, provoking terms like "creepy" and "pedophilia" and questions over whether the popular TV musical show is becoming over-exposed.

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The glee club just got a whole lot sexier. Some say too sexy.

An upcoming issue of GQ Magazine features a controversial photo spread, already posted on the magazine's website, of actors from the hit television show in various states of undress.

There's Dianna Agron, who plays Quinn Fabray on the show, in a pretty stripper-tastic schoolgirl skirt and small top. And a handful of pictures featuring Lea Michele, who plays goodie two-shoes Rachel Berry, in little more than her underwear. Did we mention that Michele has a lollipop? Let's just say her consumption of it isn't exactly innocent.

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Cory Monteith, who plays Finn Hudson, is fully clothed in the pics. (It's a men's magazine. That's the way it goes).

The Parents Television Council, a U.S.-based group that describes itself as a "non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment," denounced the photos on Wednesday.

"It is disturbing that GQ, which is explicitly written for adult men, is sexualizing the actresses who play high school-aged characters on Glee in this way. It borders on pedophilia. Sadly, this is just the latest example of the overt sexualization of young girls in entertainment," PTC President Tim Winter said in a release posted on the group's site.

"Pedophilia" is going a bit far, considering the two actresses featured in the photos are both 24; Monteith is 28.

In response to the PTC's release, the magazine fired back with a statement of its own, according to the Hollywood Reporter: "The Parents Television Council must not be watching TV these days and should learn to divide reality from fantasy. As often happens in Hollywood, these 'kids' are in their twenties. Cory Montieth's almost 30! I think they're old enough to do what they want."

The Parents Television Council is also warning parents to keep their kids from watching the program.

"Parents need to be on guard as we expect the show to push the envelope even further. Unfortunately, it seems Glee is only masquerading as family show [sic]and is far from appropriate for young viewers," Mr. Winter said in the release.

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After Miley Cyrus's pole dancing and Britney Spears doing everything Britney Spears does, is Glee really cause for parental concern?

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