‘Glee‘ star Dianna Agron has come forth to be the first from the Fox series – while speaking strictly for herself – to address the controversy surrounding the racy GQ photo shoot in which she, a scantily clad Lea Michele and a comparatively bundled-up Cory Monteith participated.
“In the land of Madonna, Britney, Miley, ‘Gossip Girl,’ other public figures and shows that have pushed the envelope and challenged the levels of comfort in their viewers and fans… we are not the first,” Dianna points out on her blog.
But for “perpetuating the type of images that evoke these kind of emotions, I am sorry,” says the 24-year-old actress. “If you are hurt or these photos make you uncomfortable, it was never our intention.”
“‘Glee’ is a show that represents the underdogs, which is a feeling I have embraced much of my own life,” Agron shares, “and to [our] viewers, the photos in GQ don’t give them that same feeling. I understand completely.”
Stirring up the controversy was the Parents Television Council, which issued a press release that derided the GQ shoot as “near-pornographic,” borderline “pedophilia,” and “disturbing.” The watchdog group argued that by posing Michele provocatively in barely-there panties and push-up bras and dressing Agron in skimpy shirts and pleated minis, the adult-targeted magazine was “sexualizing the actresses who play high school-aged characters on ‘Glee.’”
Though Fox has declined to comment on the shoot, GQ‘s editor in chief issued a statement saying, “The Parents Television Council… should learn to divide reality from fantasy.” GQ notes that Agron and Michele are both 24 and not of high-school age like their ‘Glee’ alter egos; Monteith is 28.
Agron says that from the get-go, the concept for the photo shoot – “to play very heightened versions of our ['Glee'] characters” – “wasn’t my favorite idea, but I did not walk away.” Still, she stresses, “these photos do not represent who I am.”
“These aren’t photos I am going to frame and put on my desk, but hey, nor are any of the photos I take for magazines,” Agron says. “Those are all characters we’ve played for this crazy job, one that I love and am so fortunate to have, each and every day.”
“I’m moving forward from this [controversial shoot], and after today, putting it to rest,” she says in conclusion. “I am only myself, I can only be me.”
Do you accept Dianna’s apology? Do you think that GQ, in its response noting the actresses’ actual ages, is somewhat missing the point?