Lea Michele Bares Cleavage for 'Cosmo,' Parents Outraged Yet Again

Linda Sharps

Hey, remember when everyone was freaking out over the racy Glee 'GQ' photo shoot because apparently people thought those actors were real high school students or something? The folks who have trouble distinguishing television characters from reality are in yet another tizzy, this time over a Cosmopolitan cover featuring Glee's Lea Michele.

The problem seems to be with Michele's plunging neckline, although to be frank it's not like there's a whole lot showing. I'm just saying, that smooth, heavily-airbrushed, one-dimensional expanse of flesh reminds me more than a little bit of a fashion doll.

Specifically, Ken.

Boobs or no boobs, some moms are pissed off. FoxNews.com has some hilarious commentary from appalled parents, including this gem:

I think Lea Michele is sending the wrong message. She plays such a ‘good girl’ on ‘Glee’ and a lot of kids look up to her persona. Then she poses very provocatively on two magazine covers which makes my almost-13-year-old son very confused and offended.

Yeah, so offended you found a crunchy tube sock next to his bed, lady. Give me a freaking break.

It should be noted that Michele endured no criticism for her low-cut dress at the SAG awards, and in fact ended up on several 'best dressed' lists. Is that because parents seem capable of recognizing that she's a 24-year-old woman in that environment, just not when it comes to magazines?

Hearst has responded to the parental backlash with the official statement version of a giant eye-roll:

We're thrilled to feature Lea Michele on the March cover of Cosmopolitan magazine and think she looks stunning. Michele is a grown woman and Cosmopolitan is a magazine for adults.

Seriously, this is Cosmo, for crying out loud. You know, "27 Surprising Ways to Make His Anus Happy"? "Orgasms During Church: Is It Possible?" "Bedazzling Your Taint: A Step By Step Guide"? Lea Michele's chest is the least offensive thing this publication has featured for years.

Do you think it's reasonable to expect Glee actors to publicly maintain their characters' personas?

Image via Cosmopolitan.com

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