‘Glee’ Star Apologizes for Magazine Photos

October 22nd, 2010 by Staff

Source: NY Times — Dianna Agron, one of three members of the cast of “Glee” who is featured in a racy cover shoot in GQ magazine, apologized on her blog for the shoot while defending its contents.

Ms. Agron, a 24-year-old actress who portrays the high school cheerleader Quinn Fabray on “Glee,” appears in photographs on the cover and inside pages of the November issue of GQ with her co-stars Lea Michele and Cory Monteith. The pictures, taken by Terry Richardson, depict the actors in high-school settings, wearing revealing clothing and standing in suggestive poses.

The photographs have been widely circulated on the Internet and drawn condemnation from the Parents Television Council, a conservative interest group that monitors television. In a statement, the council’s president, Tim Winter, said the shoot “borders on pedophilia,” adding, “It is disturbing that GQ, which is explicitly written for adult men, is sexualizing the actresses who play high school-aged characters on ‘Glee’ in this way.”

In a post on her personal blog, Ms. Agron wrote that “in perpetuating the type of images that evoke these kind of emotions, I am sorry.”

She added: “If you are hurt or these photos make you uncomfortable, it was never our intention … if your 8-year-old has a copy of our GQ cover in hand, again I am sorry. But I would have to ask, how on earth did it get there?”

Ms. Agron continued:

I understand that in today’s world of advanced technology, the Internet, our kids can be subject to very adult material at the click of a button. But there are parental locks, and ways to get around this. I am 24 years old. I have been a pretty tame and easygoing girl my whole life. Nobody is perfect, and these photos do not represent who I am. I am also not the girl who rolls out of bed with flawless makeup and couture clothing. I am most comfortable with my hair thrown on top of my head, in sweats, laughing with my friends. Glee is a show that represents the underdogs, which is a feeling I have embraced much of my own life, and to those viewers, the photos in GQ don’t give them that same feeling. I understand completely.

Had she been allowed to appear in her ideal photo shoot, Ms. Agron wrote, “I’d be in a tree house, in a wild costume, war paint and I’d be playing with my pet dragon.”


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