Entries in Teens (4)


Parents Television Council Calls 'Glee' Episode 'Reprehensible'

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Glee, the popular musical comedy-drama about a fictional high school, found itself embroiled in controversy following Tuesday’s episode featuring two teenage couples -- one gay, one straight -- losing their virginity drew fire before it even hit the air.

In the episode titled “The First Time,” heterosexual couple Finn and Rachel and homosexual couple Kurt and Blaine consummated their relationships. Entertainment Weekly’s Pop Watch called the episode “incredibly moving,” saying the sex scenes were “handled very delicately.”

But the Parents Television Council didn’t think so, calling the show “reprehensible” and the Fox network reckless for “celebrating teen sex.”

Fox declined ABC News' request for comment.

“There are opportunities and occasions when programs have dealt responsibly with teen sex,” Melissa Henson, PTC’s communications director told ABC News. “I’m not convinced that Glee is that program.”

Henson said Glee creator Ryan Murphy made a story line for “shock purposes, not educational” ones.

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Study: Are TV Teens Too Sexy?

Photo Courtesy - ABC, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- A Parents Television Council study released Wednesday found that sexy images and depictions, from a teenage girl who dances seductively through her classroom to teens sharing a very passionate kiss in a dark room, are all from primetime network television.

"It's a ubiquitous saturation of sexualization of young girls in every form of media," said Tim Winter, president of the Parent Television Council. "It's not just college kids, it's not just twenty-somethings, we're now talking about teenagers."

The study analyzed the top 25 primetime scripted programs for viewers aged 12 to 17.

It looked at shows such as 90210, Glee, Gossip Girl and Grey's Anatomy, and defined sexualization as "the act or process of sexualizing...making of a person, group or thing to be seen as sexual in nature."

The study found that underage female characters were more often depicted in a sexual way than adult female characters. And for the underage characters, it is more likely visual sexual behavior as opposed to just dialogue.

The majority of the characters were presented as high school kids, not college age adults.

Seventy five percent of these shows did not contain an "S" for sexual content rating, so that parents could avoid them.

Parents can help curb that saturation by having a conversation with their children.

"As a parent it is incumbent upon you to become more involved in the media consumption of your child," said Winter. "Young children are watching these actors, they are seeing these pretend teenagers as the types of role models they want to become. "

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CNN Anchor Joins Group of Stars Sticking Up for Gay Teens

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Anderson Cooper's jumping into the fight to stop teen bullying, and he's found a foe in Vince Vaughn.

The CNN anchor visited The Ellen Degeneres Show this week to condemn teen bullying.  A particular point of contention:  Vaughn's upcoming movie The Dilemma, in which his character proclaims, "Ladies and gentleman, electric cars are gay."  A trailer for "The Dilemma" featuring that line is currently playing in theaters.

"There was a preview of a movie, and in it, the actor said, 'That's so gay,' and I was shocked that not only that they put it in the movie, but that they put that in the preview," Cooper said.  "They thought that it was OK to put that in a preview for the movie to get people to go and see it."

"I just find those words, those terms, we've got to do something to make those words unacceptable cause those words are hurting kids," Cooper continued.  "Someone else I talked to recently said that the words people use and the things people say about other kids online, it enters into their internal dialogue.   And when you're a kid, it can change the way you see yourself and the way you think about yourself, and the worth that you give to yourself.   I think we need to really focus on what language we're using and how we're treating these kids."

Universal, the studio putting out "The Dilemma," heard Cooper loud and clear.  Today, Universal confirmed to GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) that they will remove the "gay" scene from the movie's trailer.

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Celebrities Sticking Up for Gay Teens After Recent Suicides

Photo Courtesy - ABC News Radio(LOS ANGELES) -- In September, at least five teenage boys committed suicide after being tormented for being gay -- most recently Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi.  Now, actors, musicians, comedians and celebrity personalities are making moves to stop teen bullying.

Kathy Griffin is donating all proceeds of her Dec. 16 comedy show at Los Angeles' Gibson Universal Amphitheatre to The Trevor Project, an organization focused on suicide prevention among LGBT youth.  Advice columnist Dan Savage created the "It Gets Better" Project, in which people can upload videos to YouTube offering support and hope to LGBT teenagers. 

Gossip blogger Perez Hilton joined Savage's effort and is urging celebrities to jump on the bandwagon as well.

"I lost about 200,000 followers on Twitter because I was tweeting these celebrities to ask them to make videos," Hilton told ABC News.  "I don't regret it.  I'd do it again.  I'm happy I lost 200,000 followers on Twitter because I was able to get a lot of celebrities to make videos."

Among them: Tim Gunn, Sarah Silverman, Ashley Tisdale, Jewel and Eve.  The list keeps growing.  Hilton said he talked with Glee creator Ryan Murphy about having the cast of the Fox hit show make a video and working an anti-bullying theme into Glee's storyline.

Having once been a closeted gay teen in an all-boys high school, Hilton said he's wholeheartedly committed to this cause.

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