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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wth!! theres nth rong bout this. its 1 of the only reasons y i watch glee. it already says PG...parental guidence...its what it makes it more interesting..

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Oh the Parents Television Council is making themselves more irrelevent by the day. I watched the Brittany/Britney episode with my daughter and we both loved it so much we watched it again the next night! GLEE is the only show we watch together, so GLEE is bringing families together. There was nothing vulgar or obscene about this episode. Give us all a break and let families enjoy this wonderful show!

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these mofo should worry about getting a pedo off tv than worry about a mother of two. These parents group are lame.

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omg really parents are bothered about the episode, get over it im a parent and dont see the big deal...
people are too uptight nowadays

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Half the parents here should just shut their brainless pieholes since most of their kids are sniffing coke right under thier noses. Dont they have more pressing issues to worry about than slam Brit? Honestly, get an effing life losers. If anything, Britney has shown us to rise above and fight against theface of adversity to improve, correct and to become even better than before. Brutney is an idol but also a person and she can do what the hell she wants to. If you dont want your kids exposed to a frieking PG-13 programme for who the hell knows why dont let them watch it...why dont you complain about the R18 movies on?Exactly..so shut your damn mouths, get over it and stop picking on Britney as soon as she comes back into the spotlight, ragaing her title of Princess of Pop once again.:)

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Really? Because the worst thing on tv right now is a tribute episode to Britney.....You people need to get a life!

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are you people for real britney is what we all grew up with and i for you am not a derailed youth if your kids are so easily led and weak minded its yous as parents that have failed the britney episode was great fun which is the aim of glee to bring fun back

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its not like theyre paying tribute to her lifestyle they were paying tribute to her music which wether people like it or not is iconic and people like it. people the cast's age grew up with her music. I don't think it premotes any kind of bad behavior parents don't give their kids enough credit. if you care so much about the programming on glee parents dont let your kids watch it its as simple as that