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File this in the somewhat awkward category. Tonight, Glee showrunner Ryan Murphy tweeted a shirtless Blaine Anderson Christmas photo.

Ryan Murphy tweeted the photo below with the tweet:

“Merry Christmas. Men of McKinley calendar coming soon…”

Though initially we thought this was just a joke, it seems a bit too well done for it to be a joke.

That brings us to the fact that Blaine Anderson is meant to be a high school student. Isn’t it kind of weird for Glee to be making calendars with shirtless high school students? Maybe it’s just us?

We thought that maybe this calendar would be used in the context of the show but with the Christmas episode just airing last night we find it hard to justify the calendar being included.

It’s still uncertain whether the Men of McKinley calendar is a real thing and if it is when it will be available. As of this time of posting, the tweet has 2,180 retweets and 2,181 favorites, so it’s clear that most people are on board with a shirtless Darren Criss/Blaine Anderson photo.

What are your thoughts about a Men of McKinley calendar?

Is it a calendar that you would support and purchase despite it being full of high school characters? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

  • http://twitter.com/_unforgiven Maj Elisabeth

    It’s very awkward and makes me feel weird. Wouldn’t want one.

    • Marie

      Yeah, this is total objectification. At least when it happens on Glee, there’s kind of a reason for it, sometimes? And of course, most people aren’t going to freak out about it as much as they did about Lea and whoever else in GQ, although I felt weird about that too.

  • James

    It’s going to be a fund raiser for regionals. Relax ppl, it’s harmless fun and these are actors who are adults, not kids. SMH

  • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

    Then they should also include Mark Salling and Chris Colfer. Just saying.

  • jozefd14

    omg lol

  • Vanj203

    As handsome as Darren is, his facial expression to me looks like he’s a bit uncomfortable or cynical about this scenario – kind of a “the things I do for Glee!” expression. Having said that, I’d probably buy the calendar anyway. The actors aren’t in high school, but if they were, yeah it would be weird.

    • Marie

      I feel like he really, really misses being a Warbler right now.

    • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

      Darren isn’t the type that enjoys flaunting his body, he’s never completely comfortable with these kind of shoots.

      • Marie

        It definitely shows.

  • antonia31

    HAHAHA his smirk.

  • becca

    My highschool did it. Made lots of money too. heheh

    • Marie

      Were the guys actually shirtless? O.o My college did it, but that’s college, and plenty of the guys kept their shirts on.

      • Becca

        No not all of them. Just the summer time “swim suit” months. But we did do a male “pageant” thing and the senior girls got to vote on who had the best swim suit body, and yes there were tons of shirtless pictures for that.

        • Marie

          Wow, your high school was apparently way more liberal than mine. :-P But I live in Georgia, so that’s not shocking.

          • becca

            HA! I went to high school in Texas! Liberal? Ohhh no no no no.

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  • RabbitRabbit

    Don’t watch glee, Came here to see pictures of sexy men

  • http://twitter.com/NatashaPeartree Natasha Pereira

    nope. not weird. mooore!

  • J

    He can come into my chimney any day.

    • http://www.facebook.com/isak.kohaly Isak Kohaly

      whoever you are, I have all my respect.

  • Dra

    So last week it was fine to oogle behind the scene pictures of Josh Hutcherson, an overage actor playing an underage character, but a set picture of an overage actor playing an underage/perhaps of age character is wrong. I see where you are coming from but it’s not the first time we’ve seen a shirtless Glee character (one of the first scenes of the pilot was a naked Finn) and considering Puck 2.0 was shirtless in this week’s episode it won’t be the last…

    • Marie

      For me, it’s just because it’s glee, and I’m very attached to these people. I view Darren especially, but all the cast more as real people, and I know he’s probably not into this. Even the expression on his face reads uncomfortable. If this is a plot thing, I slightly forgive it, but I don’t think the character of Blaine would be into this either.

    • Kavitha

      I think part of the awkwardness I feel about this is the context…I mean, a “Men of McKinley” calendar seems kind of cheap. It’s like…just flaunting bodies for the heck of it. “Eye candy” if you will. The BTS pics of Josh Hutcherson are different, because it’s just a guy with his shirt off for a scene that entails that. The way this picture is set up is just…awkward.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

      So this is regarding the Josh Hutcherson thing.
      Josh didn’t purposely pose for that picture. He was in Hawaii in his swim suit just chilling and enjoying the ways when the paparazzi suddenly came and started taking pictures. I bet he doesn’t even know those pictures are online.
      Whereas here, Darren is actually posing for this picture. And the whole idea behind the calendar is basically to make money.

      • Dra

        Yes, but when it was reported on Hypable it was written by the site as “ohhh… Wow! Shirtless man” but now the same situation is occurring and it’s “oh no! Shirtless man.” And while yes, it’s to make money, at least it’s going to a chairty and with the actor’s permission, not secretly taken without permission and lining a paparazzi’s pocket. Seems a strange double standard….

        • Marie

          The other thing is that this shirtless picture is kind of tacky. I haven’t seen the Josh Hutcherson one, but I’m guessing there wasn’t all the ridiculousness in it that’s in this photo. Trust me, I felt the same way when I was in a gay bar last night, and there were photos of almost naked men with vodka bottles covering their privates.

  • Anon

    Well SOMEONE just freshly waxed everything!

  • Guest

    I respect Darren to much as a human being to not feel weird about it.

  • Marie

    I respect Darren too much to feel anything but really, really awkward about this.

    • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

      The most awkward part is the terrible Photoshopping and his half smile that doesn’t even look like him.

      • http://twitter.com/CassiopeiaDrake Cassie Drake

        I don’t think it’s really him. Like, I think within the context of the show, it’s going to have been a badly Photoshopped pic done by like, Brittany, and in bizarre attempt to either fundraise for or bring recognition back to New Directions.

      • Marie

        It really doesn’t look like him. And he looks extremely uncomfortable, to me, at least. I hope Cassie Drake is correct, and it is indeed some bizarre Brittany scheme.

      • http://twitter.com/STARKIDwheeler The Oddest Things…

        You just can’t unsee some things…

  • http://twitter.com/kimberpower Kimberlie Haner

    Ryan Murphy also tweeted one with Blake, who is also very attractive without a shirt on, FYI.

  • Jenny

    I’m pretty sure that this whole thing is going to be just for 4×12 (I think?), the one titled Naked. It’ll be some fundraiser for the New Directions or something.

    If they do actually make it… I wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole personally. Same as I wouldn’t with a Ladies of McKinley calendar. I just hate this kind of stuff – especially as I know my 10 year old cousin watches the show (which I don’t really agree with either because HOLY INAPPROPRIATE BATMAN but still)

  • Vania

    at first i thought this was a manip! xD

  • http://twitter.com/ValeKementari Valeria Kementari

    can’t wait to see Sam

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaccss Alex Smith

    Ryan wanted this for himself and the only way he could get that to pass unnoticed was to sell it “for the fans”

  • Mo

    As much as I want to enjoy this, it just makes me feel really awkward…poor Darren.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=646947665 Megan Slife

    As long as Matthew Morrison and all of his creepiness isn’t included.. I’m okay with it.

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    • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

      Also, I expect a Will/Finn picture similar to this…like…together and shirtless.

      • Marie

        Now THAT would be hilarious.

      • Alex

        Maybe they can both be cupids for February!

        Casual, shirtless, bro cupids in tiny pink loincloths.

  • http://twitter.com/w_lowry Will Lowry

    It has nothing to do with the Christmas episode. It’s for 4×12 “Naked”. Ryan Murphy already tweeted Ryder as Mr. July, and now Darren as Mr. December.

  • y0david6

    awesome – Im gonna buy this xx

  • Mand1591

    I feel like he’s staring into my soul.

  • SarcasticLuna

    I’d buy it, mainly for Darren cuz he’s supermegafoxyawesomehot

  • Linda

    “None of that was classy. Nothing.” Blaine Anderson from the deleted “I Want You Back” scene. Sums up my reaction to this perfectly. Ick.

  • brit

    If they had to do this…”It’s all about the money ,it is all about the dum dee dum… ” I feel a bit sorry for those guys

  • durncriss

    dont care. dont care.
    hot hot hot.

  • Eloise

    It’s honestly so photoshopped that it doesn’t look like Darren anymore.

  • mirna

    99% sure its a part of an episode, 4×12 ‘Naked’. He also tweeted one of Blake/Ryder a few days ago for July, as a very patriotic American.

  • Darren’sGirl

    Darren is too hot for me to feel awkward. Just saying

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Mangum/1820064015 Joey Mangum

    Did anyone take a second to think that maybe this is SUPPOSED to be an entirely too cheesy and bad idea? I “lol’d” when I saw it! XD

  • Johnny

    yall need to calm yo tits.
    jesus christ.
    it’s a television show.
    it’s not marketed to young children, nor should it be.
    and this is buch of teenagers.
    how is this any different from when gossip girl features their characters shirtless week after week?
    how is this any different than “Blame it On the Alcohol” where Brittany was referred to the “Stripper Drunk”?

    just calm down.
    if you like it (which I can’t believe people don’t) — enjoy.
    If you don’t — there’s no need to make a stink about it.

  • Alyssa

    That doesn’t even look like Darren

  • DB7

    Can I just say that this isn’t the first time any of these men have done this? Most of the jock characters go shirtless numerous times within the show itself, and Darren has posed shirtless for People Magazine before. There are hundreds of photos from that shoot online, and he had a great time. He’s not uncomfortable. He’s an actor. It’s all in good fun. They wouldn’t shoot these photos without express consent from the actors. I’m sure some of them politely declined to shoot for the calendar, and Ryan was probably totally cool with that. It’s not like these men are held against their will or something. They’re fine. If this calendar really hits stores, I’ll be first to buy mine. Just enjoy the shirtless men and stop trying to make it some huge political statement that isn’t even an issue.

    • Marie

      It’s not the shirtless-ness that bugs me (I enjoyed the Fighter shower scene quite a bit. ;-) ), but the general tackiness, and how blatant the sexy-ness is suppose to be. I’ve seen a couple of the other shirtless photos of Darren, and they at least aren’t tacky. I’m honestly not too into those ones either, since I’m fairly confident that they’ve been photoshopped to make him look like he has more abs than he actually does. Obviously, they can’t force any of them to do the calendar, but it’s probably in his contract that he has to do these things (and if it is a plot thing, then he really does need to suck it up), and at the very least it would probably give him a reputation for not being up to doing things if he objected.

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  • gleemadmum

    I would DEFINITELY buy this! They aren’t actually school age in real life! Bonus points if we get Chris Colfer topless!

  • alex

    it looks like he’s been waxed to the north pole and back. i feel bad for darren’s torso.

    maybe this is some proposed form of fundraising for the glee club? because no way would they not go to regionals (or is it sectionals? whatever). there’ll be some plot twist that disqualifies the warblers or something. speaking of which, i’m sure sebastian will buy a few of these calendars. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/xhpfanatic Grace Chen

    totally thought this was Joey Graceffa…

    • http://twitter.com/_unforgiven Maj Elisabeth

      LOL, he would! :D

  • http://twitter.com/tirpse_ Nadine

    Episode 12 is called “Naked”. I am sure this calendar thing is for that episode. He also tweeted a pic of Mr July aka Ryder.

    This is Glee. Don’t read too much into it.

  • gleek37

    I would want it if Will was in it.





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