Pandamonium hit The Watercooler after the stars of the hit TV show Glee — Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, and Dianna Agron — got down to skimpy clothes for a series of sexy snaps on the pages of the November issue of GQ Magazine, but the the racy and controversial photo spread is paying off handsomely for the men’s mag.
Traffic to GQ’s website hit 33 million page views the week the pictorial arrived online, Mediaweek reported Monday. By comparison, GQ normally gets about 2.5 million page views in the first week for its most popular articles. The magazine plans to further capitalize on the popularity of the Glee photos this week by uploading a behind-the-scenes video from the now-infamous shoot to GQ.com.
“It’s going to be the gift that keeps on giving,” says publisher Peter King Hunsinger.
The spread features Glee actresses Michele and Agron — both 24 — clad in underwear, short skirts, and midriff-baring tops alongside their fully-clothed male costar, Monteith, who is 28. Since all three twentysomethings portray high school students on the Emmy-nominated musical-comedy show both the magazine and the producers of Glee came under fire from the advocacy group Parents Television Council, which branded the pictoral “borderline pedophilia.”