You're a couple of great-looking, talented young actresses on the hottest show on TV. You're adults. So why NOT pose for some seriously saucy photos in GQ, a magazine for adult men?

You're a couple of great-looking, talented young actresses on the hottest show on TV. You're adults. So why NOT pose for some seriously saucy photos in GQ, a magazine for adult men?

Well, it gets a little thorny when the show is "Glee," beloved by 8- and 9-year-olds, and when you're posing as a high-school girl in nothing but skimpy panties, spreading your legs sky-wide on a locker room bench. Or suggestively licking a lolly as you lean — in the same skimpy panties — on a high-school locker.

Did the stars of "Glee" go too far?

That's what critics and fans of the show have been debating as the photo spread in GQ's November issue, featuring Lea Michele (the ambitious Rachel) and Dianna Agron (Quinn, the once-pregnant cheerleader), started circulating this week. Oh yes, male co-star Cory Monteith (the quarterback Finn) is in there, too — but he remains clothed (in fact, he's practically bundled up).

"I just wasn't impressed at all," said a disapproving Emily Martin of Ontario, Canada, a self-professed "huge Glee fan."

"I guess I just don't understand why they chose to even pose for these photos in the first place," Martin, 30 and the mother of two young children, wrote in an e-mail message. "I don't get what they hope to gain by putting themselves out there like that. Maybe just to assert the actors as older individuals, not the actual teens they play on the show? I just don't understand."

"Utterly tone-deaf," chimed in Salon.com. "An explosion of cliched fetishism not seen outside the cheap Halloween costume aisles," wrote EW.com. Not surprisingly, though, the harshest commentary came from the Parents Television Council.

"It borders on pedophilia," said Tim Winter, president of the council. He called the spread a "near-pornographic display" — especially the "full-frontal crotch shot."

As for GQ, which is enjoying a burst of publicity, it took issue with the pedophilia reference — pointing out that Agron and Michele are 24, and Monteith is 28. "I think they're old enough to do what they want," said GQ's editor in chief, Jim Nelson. "I think most people will take the pictures with the wink and spirit of fun in which they were made."