Britney Spears, Glee Torn a New One By Parents Television Council

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Last month's Britney Spears Glee episode earned a show-record 13.3 million viewers and several spots on the Billboard charts. But the response wasn't all positive.

Some reviewers felt it was fluff from a series renowned for great writing on weighty topics (see this week's "Grilled Cheesus"). Others were just plain offended.

The Parents' Television Council deemed the "Britney/Brittany" episode the worst thing on TV that week, a "pandering tribute" to a "toxic teen role model." Ouch!

Britney Spears and Heather Morris

Some parents were not thrilled with Brittany or Britney.

Part of the PTC's beef was that more children are likely to watch Glee than other series, making the content more objectionable than that of all other programs.

On top of bashing the "skimpy outfits," the group calls the episode an "endorsement of narcotics abuse, public masturbation, and school-sanctioned burlesque."

The PTC also slammed the focus on Britney Spears personally.

"Perhaps most troubling is the deification of a troubled popstar into a symbol of empowerment and self-esteem," they said in a post on their website this week.

"Considering her stints in rehab, public breakdowns and questionable parenting skills, there is absolutely no way Spears should be considered a role model."

The scathing indictment concludes with this: "The producers of the show can spare us the old song-and-dance about fallen celebs turning their lives around."

Really, PTC? Yes, she goes shopping in lingerie, but come on. Baby steps. The Glee tribute was kind of weak, but was this brutal tirade really that necessary?

What do you think? Did you like the episode, or was it just a gimmick? Worse, was it offensive for any of the above reasons cited by the PTC?

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i love brittany nd i never watched glee only that one show

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The PTC makes itself appear as a responsible advocacy group wanting better content on tv for children but they always have a tendency to embellish and exaggerate the shows they deem innapropriate with a flurry of hostility and moral absolutism. Tim Winter, the non threatening president of the group is quite funny saying Glee should spare the old routine when he and the rest of his morality police should stop blaming everything on tv and expecting everything to change because children might get influenced by this shows.

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Britney's my girl. And they have the right to speak their minds. However.. That episode was fantastic. Yes it was a bit of fluff from Glee's sometimes darker episodes, but It's still a comedy and every show has a few 'foolin' around' episodes. And Britney is a recovering spring after a really harsh winter. I would say "Leave Britney Alone!!!" but it's already been done. Well.
Honestly, "Piece of Me." Listen to it.

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the show with britney was awsome i loved it and i taped it britney is the best of all like miley and jb and taylor swift love u britney spears

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It's my first time to watch glee because of britney. I think there's nothing wrong with the episode. Its really nice because its show that people are not perfect we made a mistake in our lives but we stand up and make it right. Keep it up Britney.

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Wow realy yall need to shut the fuck up the Britney episode was the best like seriously people and i think britney is a good role model ..like to go through all that stuff she went through and then rise up again thats pretty damn impresive so yea people guess what we britney fans dont give 2 shits about what yall think Britney is still obviously the best!:)