'Glee' star Dianna Agron on 'GQ' photo controversy: 'I understand completely'

Glee‘s Dianna Agron has taken to tumblr to pen a 500-word response to the controversy surrounding the racy photo shoot she and co-stars Lea Michele and Cory Monteith did for GQ. She writes:

“I’d like to start by saying that these are solely my thoughts on the November issue of GQ and the controversy that has surrounded its release. I am not a representative of the three of us, the show, or Fox, only myself.

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. Now, in perpetuating the type of images that evoke these kind of emotions, I am sorry. If you are hurt or these photos make you uncomfortable, it was never our intention. And 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?

I was a very sheltered child, and was not aware of anything provocative or risque in the media while I was navigating through my formative years. When I was finally allowed to watch a movie like Grease, I did not even understand what on earth Rizzo was talking about!? 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 easy-going 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. 

For GQ, they asked us to play very heightened versions of our school characters. A ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ version. At the time, it wasn’t my favorite idea, but I did not walk away. I must say, I am trying to live my life with a sharpie marker approach. You can’t erase the strokes you’ve made, but each step is much bolder and more deliberate. I’m moving forward from this one, and after today, putting it to rest. I am only myself, I can only be me. 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. 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. If you asked me for my dream photo shoot, I’d be in a treehouse, in a wild costume, war-paint and I’d be playing with my pet dragon. Until then…..”

Earlier yesterday, GQ editor Editor-in-Chief Jim Nelson responded to an accusation from the Parents Television Council that the photo shoot “borders on pedophilia” by standing by the magazine’s creative decision. “The Parents Television Council must not be watching much TV these days and should learn to divide reality from fantasy,” Nelson told The Insider. “As often happens in Hollywood, these ‘kids’ are in their twenties,” he added. “Cory Monteith is almost 30! I think they’re old enough to do what they want.” Self-proclaimed Gleek Katie Couric has also come down hard on what she termed “raunchy photos” by arguing a point similar to the one EW’s Jennifer Armstrong blogged Tuesday: “These very adult photos of young women who perform in a family show just seem so un-Glee-like,” Couric said in her CBS News “Notebook” segment. “The program is already edgy in the right ways, these images don’t really — in my humble opinion — fit the Glee gestalt.”

What do you take away from the situation: For me, it’s a respect for Agron, whose explanation was both candid and fair to everyone involved. I hope she uses that strong voice as she continues to navigate her career and the media circus that will surround her. She’s got to be in a tough spot: At 24, on your first hit show, you don’t want to get a reputation for being difficult, but when that show does push the envelope — and the sexy schoolgirl shoot is an option (I guarantee you that GQ wasn’t the first or last publication to try to exercise it) — you’re going to have to speak up or that Sharpie marker will run out of ink.

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  • lark

    I applaud her thoughtful response. I truly didn’t care for the photo spread, but I didn’t have the strong reaction of some. Spreads like that immediately fall into the “ignore” portion of my brain. I just look for the times to enjoy the talent of these actors.

    • Kate

      Well said, lark. I feel the same way, and I am impressed with her response as well.

      • Angel

        I’d like to see her do a photo shoot where she’s in a treehouse, dressed in some wild costume and war paint, and playing with her pet dragon.

    • Elizabeth

      Me too, lark, on all points made.

      • Shiny

        I felt embarassed for the three actors for being used as meat candy for old dudes, with their pics stuck between ads for Rico Suave cologne and male enhancement pills. Photography can be art that heightens reality or it can be some guy getting his yayas off by forcing his male gaze up some starlet’s skirt. The pics aren’t pretty, they look sad and seedy. The actors will put this behind them but the question remains; why does the media feel the need to force these young actors to choose between being Virgin Marys or Mary Magdelens? Why can’t they just be themselves? I hope next time these kids will opt for glam over cheesecake.

      • Shiny

        Ugh, sorry, didn’t mean “meat candy” to sound so literal (and gross!) Talk about a Freudian slip. Meant more that they were meat market eye candy?

      • Mo

        I like lark’s and shiny’s posts. I thought Agron looked maybe even uncomfortable in the photos, especially compared to Lea Michele, who was trying too too hard in representing both the “slut” and “schoolgirl” departments. Ew. As for the 8-year-old looking at GQ, that wouldn’t be my complaint. My 10- and 12-year-olds have never watched Glee, and it’s very unlikely that they will see these photos. So why does the photo shoot bother me? Because it keeps the overall push to have us, society, think that it’s OK for young women to be infantilized and sexualized. That having sex for them will come sooner rather than later (or otherwise they are weirdos), so they might as well dress the part. That it’s perfectly OK for men of a certain age to fetishize and fantasize about schoolgirls (there is a very fine line there.) There was a poster elsewhere who asked if having your boyfriend want you to dress in a plaid skirt and pigtails made him a pedophile. Well, no, it probably doesn’t, it just makes him creepy as hell. Anyway, this all ends up permeating down through society to our kids in one way or another. They may not (very likely won’t) see these photos, but it’s just one more little crack in the fences that we, as parents, are trying to build around them to protect them. Now if we could only find a happy medium between the idiots who cry “Katy Perry looked too sexy on Sesame Street!” and the idiots who say “oooooooh, grown women acting like slutty little girls, yay”…

      • Lila

        Meat Candy hahaha so gross so funny. I love it.

      • Marie

        I agree with Shiny. What bothers me is that while Lea Michele & Dianna Agron are dressed provocatively in EACH photo, Corey Montieth is fully clothed in all but one. Nothing new but still pure sexism.

      • @Marie

        Is your issue that the guy isn’t ALSO almost naked or that only the girls are? Because if it’s the latter, well, it’s a FASHION spread in a men’s magazine. It’s supposed to highlight trends in clothing for guys. It’d be pretty silly to not have the guy wearing lots of clothes…

      • Samantha

        I agree with Mo. Dianna looked uncomfortable in the pictures. Lea, in my opinion though, did not (and she’s gone for the sexy look in a lot of her magazine spreads recently). I’d rather see a spread with both girls in beautiful evening gowns and Cory in a tux. That’s sexy and hot.

      • Cygnus

        Do guys complain about when women’s mags have young guys in thongs advertising CK, Levis, or Tommy Hilf? Nope. Why? Because the mag wasnt meant for us, and we usually just put the mag down when it gets too estrogen loaded for us. America is so ironic. We’re so overly sexed in our media and society, and yet we’re also uber-prudes. perhaps if people would stop making such a big deal about this kind of stuff, then maybe there would be less interest in publishing and glamorizing it. As it stands, the people yelling out about it have brought far more attention to these 3 actors than the mag would have on its own.

      • Angel

        Rant on, Mo. As long as kids aren’t involved in the act, people are free to have whatever fetish they want with willing partners. There have been girlfriends dressed as schoolgirls-in-handcuffs without me ever requesting it. I just play along ’cause it was fun. Doesn’t make me a pedo nor a bondage fiend. Just keep keeping your kids out of grown-ups business, stop dressing infants as cheerleaders, and save your judgement for your personal unwillingness to go beyond missionary.

    • annie

      loved her response as well. it almost brought tears to my eyes because she was so articulate and strong in here gratitude to have these opportunities.

    • ellen

      This just shows how you get a quality, articulate person. Shelter them from the junk until they are old enough to know how to humbly formulate a thought. I’m an Agron fan now.

      • Rock Golf

        Agreed. A well thought-out, articulate response. Pity she isn’t on some show where she can demonstrate more intelligence.

      • B

        I don’t believe sheltering is necessary to help someone grow into a “quality,” articulate person. Discretion is certainly called for, but active parental participation and open discussion are also key. There’s an equal argument that sheltering someone so much could result in rebellion.

        I think Agron’s response is valid in the sense that she is older, she can make her own choices, and parents should be monitoring their children. And I still disagree with this choice.

      • ellen

        That’s why I said, “Until they are old enough to know how to humbly form a though.” There is a point when kids start to question, rebel, and seek out experiences. THAT is the time to turn of the sheltering. I would say shelter from the media and other experiences until 13, but start talking about things at age 10.

      • Christine

        I agree. She sounds like a smart girl.

      • Angel

        RockGolf, I think she demonstrates intelligence by fooling you into believing she’s just average.

    • ABG

      …didn’t read other messages because I am like you, I put that photo in the ignore category. Unless something personally threatens me or mine, I don’t bother…so tired of folk telling others what to read, listen to, or watch on T.V.. I don’t like rap music so I don’t listen; don’t like porn so I don’t watch it; don’t like Playboy so I don’t “read” it but I don’t tell others to follow suit…

    • onlymystory

      I too really appreciated Dianna’s response. While I did find the photos (particularly Lea’s a bit tasteless), the part that really bothered me was Dianna. I follow her blog/twitter & while I realize that is only a small glimpse into someone’s life, she’s always impressed me as a young woman of class and character. To see those pictures seemed very disproportionate with the image she normally sets forth. So I very much appreciated Dianna’s comments.

      & to the people insisting Glee is not a family show. No, it’s not. I think you have to be pretty foolish to think it is. But there is a level of recognizing a show’s audience and Glee does have a younger audience. Whether parents should rethink what their kids are watching…that’s up to the parent. But when a lot of Glee’s audience are younger, it’s a good idea to think through what kind of image the actors are choosing to put forth.

      • Gazza

        not just the actors; like Dianna said, the shoot wasn’t her “favourtie idea”. magazine editors, and the show’s producers (ie-people with real power) should also think of the image things.

        I agree with everything else though. and her blog is awesome.

    • Andrea D

      Obviously, I, Lark and the rest of responders here are not the target of GQ.

    • shelly

      her articulation is refreshing…no dumb blonde here

    • Nathan

      That’s one lucky pair of hands Cory Monteith has, I’m nabbing that mag for sure!

    • Ixarix

      Dianne Argon’s comments were smart and articulate. I do admit that, having viewed the photos they are a bit risque, but it should be kept in mind that the photo shoot was conceived with the GQ readership in mind which is largely adult males. GQ is not written or targeted towards children or teens. Granted in this day in age, it is easy for children to gain access to these images on-line, but to be fair, there is a lot worse stuff on the internet that children have access to.

      Conversely, it should be noted that the fact that GQ decided to devote cover and full article in its magazine speaks to the broad appeal that Glee has in our society right now.

      I believe that the photos should not be seen as the actor portraying the characters they play on Glee, but rather, as Dianne eluded to, heighten variants of those characters, the “Hit me baby one more time.” as she stated. They are provocative for the same reason Brittany Spears is.

    • Lia

      Go Lark, agreed

    • DP

      Sorry, but it strikes me as quite disingenuous to pose for these photos and then to issue a mea cupla the day after they’re released.

      Sorry, Dianna, but the chances of the kiddos seeing at least some of these pics is pretty much 100%. GQ isn’t in the porn section of the newsrack.

      The problem with these pics is that they’re VERY cheap, and play directly into the girls-as-oversexed-objects mentality. It doesn’t matter than Dianna is 24. Is she portraying a typical 24 year old? Nope, she’s portraying a sluttish high schooler in these photos.

      Girls of a young age (certainly high school and younger) mimic what they see. The message of these photos isn’t too appealing–unless you’re a lecherous man.

      Just poor judgment, plain and simple.

  • Leithen

    If I recall correctly, the very first episode of this show had a job about a young girl’s gag reflex. Just recently there was a joke about scissoring.

    Why is this considered a ‘family show’ again?

    • Joy

      Absolutely – this is not a family show, why the Parent’s Council thinks it is is beyond me!

      • Marianne

        I agree too. When these pics first came out, I did think they were a little distasteful, but never gave them much thought of them after that. When all this “controversy” came out. I honestly laughed at the thought of Glee being so “family friendly”. It was like Have you seen Push it? LOL.

        Anyway, I think people get this idea that it’s family friendly because its centered around teens and its a musical. It gets that automatic HSM comparison.

    • Breckster82

      there was also an episode where pot brownies were sold to the school. it’s not a “family show” like so many think. the TV-14 rating should indicate as such.

      • marciayeomans

        They were cupcakes…

    • John R.

      I am no prude, but we don’t ket our 11 year-old watch it anymore. It has never been a “family show.”

    • ellen

      Once again, Glee’s wholesome message is not about content, it’s about “the underdog,” like Dianna said. This photo shoot did not represent the quality aspect of Glee that celebrates confidence and diversity. It was a whitebread, exploitative shoot that represented that status quo. Even though Glee gets racy, the status quo is not what it is about. Parents should be just as worried about the message media outlets are sending as they are about the actually “how many curse words” content.

    • elena

      A to the men! This is what I keep saying. This is not a kid’s show. It’s cute, and the music rocks…but there are so many jokes for adults and teens alike I’m surprised people are even saying that. And it’s not like it just started…the PILOT episode had a teacher getting fired because Rachel accused him of messing around with a student! Love Glee, but kid’s show it ain’t.

    • Jamie

      Or what about Brittany and Santana making out at the beginning of the episode afew weeks back? Sorry, but this show has pushed the envelope since DAY 1 and for any “parent group” to suddenly be offended is not only lame, but a clear attempt to jump on a wave of publicity to further their own agenda. And sorry, but it rings totally false. There is nothing in these images that warrants the reaction. But, true the the America of today, it’s getting blown WAY out of proportion. I mean really, we are talking about ADULTS posing for photos that aren’t even all that creative or interesting.

      • LL

        Two girls kissing shouldn’t be inappropriate for children to see. Their “making out” was tamer than male-female kisses on tons of other shows.

      • mscisluv

        The kissing wasn’t inappropriate for children, although the mention of scissoring could be. My issue with it wasn’t that it was two girls, but that we are supposed to believe they just hook up when they are bored.

    • Geronimo Jackson

      Thank Grilled Cheesus! I was starting to think I was the only person that was confused as to how people think this is a family show. One of the reasons I enjoy watching Glee is because it isn’t a family show and they push the envelope on many occasions — and because I can’t get enough Lea Michele. She smoking hot in a non traditional way and I have a geek fetish — maybe too much information there. To bad no one has invented a button on the keyboard that allows you to delete what has been typed.

      • Sarah

        What are talking about? Of course you can erase what’s typed… backspace key?

    • Kathy

      This is definitely not a “family show” in the sense of a show like Modern Family, etc. There have been some really cringe-worthy scenes. Britney and Santana making out was over the top for me. They’ve talked about the fact that they make out and that was enough for me. My 4 yar old grandaughter loves the show because of the music and dancing. I don’t think I’d want to have to explain some of it to an 8-10 year old. There are also some really great things that have opened a dialog with my teens. O personally love the show, but I will not be viewing the GQ pics. Just not interested.

      • Kiki

        Were you just as outraged when Rachel encouraged Finn to palm her b reast?

      • LL

        I repeat: Two girls kissing shouldn’t be inappropriate for children to see. Their “making out” was tamer than male-female kisses on tons of other shows.

      • nevada01

        Here’s how you explain it:

        Sometimes girls and boys like each other. And sometimes boys like other boys. And sometimes girls like other girls. And when you get older, you will like whoever you like and I will love you just the same.

      • Woot

        Nevada01… that is simply brilliant!

      • MC

        nevada01 for the win!

      • Angel

        “Kissing” is over the top for you? Wha?! Your 4yo would love a show about dancing colorful shapes. An 8 or 10 year old should not be watching the show either. For those of you with kids having trouble parenting I would advise you to read the article with the kids of Mod Fam, Mad Men, etc. Their parents completely control what their kids are exposed to- which means NO GLEE. “Ooh, I can’t stop my kids from seeing smut.” If Hollywood parents can control their kids influences than so can the rest of you. Note: GC, Esquire, Maxim are magazines for men and cool women. Neither you nor your gran-kids should be looking at that stuff.

    • b

      No kidding. I didn’t really like the second episode because it was SO raunchy, but in the context of the whole series I’m now pretty sure that they did that on purpose, so that those who were unsure after the pilot would know, in no uncertain terms, that this is not a show for kids below about high school age.

  • Carrie #2

    “And if your eight-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?” Hee hee, Quinn just moved up two rungs on the awesome ladder!

    • Sara

      Totally agree. Isn’t GQ a gentleman’s magazine anyway?

    • onlymystory

      I could answer that though. GQ may be a gentleman’s magazine but its not one of those that gets plastic around it and tucked to the back of the magazine rack. GQ is often on prominent display at bookstores and other locations. How many kids (who like Dianna at that age have a lot of Glee’s adult material fly over their heads) picked up the magazine because a Glee kid was on the front & was suddenly exposed to so much more adult content. If GQ was hidden away so you had to search for it, I’d understand. But it’s always on display and easy to reach.

      • murley

        then you have a conversation with your kid about it. i mean, is it really that hard? i get that family things should have family content but requiring the rest of pop culture to tip toe around parental guidelines on the off chance your child will stumble across it and makes things awkward for you is ludicrous! your kid sees something racy on a magazine cover? talk to them about it. crisis resolved.

      • tickles

        but then you have the arguement that why if your child is so young that seeing such pictures may cause upset or harm why on earth are they wandering around a store on their own hanging out in the magazine aisle?

  • Tye-Grr

    Good for her. She shouldn’t regret a damn thing.

    • Katja

      Agreed. I’m so glad she didn’t apologize for doing the shoot, and I’m one of the people who really hated it… but not because of “the children” or anything like that, just because I think the whole teen schoolgirl fetish thing is really gross.

  • Mike

    okay..feel like an old fart say this..but what is scissoring?

    • Flyer

      Google and learn, Mike.

    • Becky

      Mike, picture two pair of sissors open and coming at each other to join at the pivot point of the sixxors. Now replace the image of the sissors with two women.

    • lefty

      Scissor me timbers.

      • Dave

        Scissor me, Xerxes!

  • Hannah

    Glee is over-rated and over-exposed. This cheap hooker needs to just stop talking. Did she forget that she just gave birth to a child? Where is this child and why isn’t she looking after it?

    • Jennifer

      It’s a TV show.

    • amanda

      please tell me this is a joke and you DO know the difference between reality and television.

      • LoveVioletFlame

        Amen, amanda! Hannah, Diana’s character Quinn considered keeping her baby, but in the end, gave her up for adoption – to Shelby, Rachel’s (TV)Mom, who hadn’t raised a baby and was longing to.

    • josef

      yo hannah. her character was pregnant, not her. being so harsh and judgemental, especially when she’s just given a very thoughtful response to a controversy, says more about you than her. “cheap hooker”? Seriously? Glee might be over-exposed, but personally I try to enjoy things on their own personal merits and not on what everything is saying about it.

    • Hannah

      well I know that reality television isn’t always true, like “The Hills”, but I doubt this reality show was able to fake a pregnancy. Nonetheless, she is a mother now and needs to act accordingly.

      • Dee

        But you are confused. We are talking about GLEE which is a scripted comedy out of the mind of Ryan Murphy. NOT Teen Mom or 16 and Pregnant. The 24 year old Dianna Agron is no one’s mother.

      • Kathy

        Hannah, you’re kind of a dumb dolt, but let me explain it to you SLOWLY…you keeping up? Okay, Dianna plays a television character named Quinn. Quinn got pregnant and gave her baby up for adoption, so it doesn’t live with Quinn. Still with me? Okay, Glee, Dianna’s TV show, ISN’T a “reality” show, it’s scripted, meaning NO ONE on the show plays themselves. They are all characters. So Dianna was never pregnant, there’s no baby, and you need to find someone to take care of you and keep you safe because you shouldn’t be allowed out alone (even on the web).

      • tvchick

        Are you insane??
        1) Glee is not a reality show but a scripted dramady.
        2) Dianna Agron was not pregnant
        3) Her “character – Quinn” who was pregnant and had a baby who she gave up for adoption.

        Step away from the TV and take a look around at reality, please.

      • Jessica

        Ummm….. Not a reality show, it’s a “dramedy”. Not real, hired actors, Dianna Agron plays a character called Quinn who was pregnant last season, the actress herself was not pregnant…. I feel strange having to explain this to someone…

      • Confused by Hannah

        you know that Glee is NOT a reality show, right? Dianna DID NOT have a baby nor was she pregnant. Her character was pregnant (but not really cuz it’s a tv show). Therefore, the actress who plays Quinn is not a mother so she doesn’t have to “act accordingly”.

      • LostWithSawyer

        Uh, Glee isn’t a reality show.

      • amie

        how stupid are you no to realize that glee is all fake…not “isn’t always true”….ALL FAKE hannah

      • Dduellman

        Oh, please. Hannah must be having us on.

      • Lizz

        Yo Hannah, SHE IS NOT HER CHARACTER!!! Do you really think that Finn, Rachel and Quinn are running around Ohio in a Glee club? THEY ARE ACTORS!! IT’S NOT REAL!! SHE WAS NEVER PREGNANT! And anyway, how dare you ever talk about any woman like that, “The stupid hooker is a mother now??” Where were you raised, in a cave? First thing you should do is turn off your television, pick up a book, and learn something. Oh and for God’s sake, NEVER become a mother.

      • Breckster82

        Hannah, thank you for bringing out the idiocy in people responding to your “concerns.” many laughs!

      • Hannah (not that one)

        Damn it, I’ve been posting here under my name for a year, and now I have to change it so I don’t look like this moron! Thanks, “Hannah”! The last thing I want is people thinking I’m you!

      • Hannah’s Not All There

        WOW! Do you even watch the show, she would notice that in certain portions of various performances in the back 9 that the preggers belly is gone for like 5 sec. and then it comes back. Let me guess, Dianna magically made the baby go away during those scenes and during award shows, so no one would suspect a thing. Dang what a sneaky girl!

      • Lobsterman’s Wife

        Don’t feed the troll.

      • b

        LMAO all these people feeding the obvious troll.

    • Una

      Um … you do realize that her CHARACTER is the one who gave birth, right? Not Dianna Agron. Way to separate reality from fiction there, Hannah.

    • Not WIlling to Cast a Stone

      Sweet Cheesus Hannah (or should you be called hard hearted Hannah?? ), judgemental much? Aside from being unable to distinguish television from reality (which makes you an idiot), keep your puritan judgemental, narrow minded opinion to yourself.

    • santana

      Quinn is a character on a television show. Dianna is a real person, who has never actually had a baby. Geez.

    • Hannah

      I think we are talking about different shows. I am talking about Glee, the reality show which follows a group of high-school students as they compete in singing competitions. My grandchildren give my the episodes every week and I watch it with “The Hills” and “Survivor”. I do not know what you are all referring to by character. Do you mean she is exaggerating her personality? Despite being mean and having sex out of wedlock, I did not realize that she lied about herself or her pregnancy.

      • Caitie F

        Wow – what a moron. Glee is not a reality show. If you actually watch it and think so just stop watching TV…you probably think CSI is reality too

      • nodnarb

        Hannah is quite obviously yanking your chain, people!

      • Jessica

        I really hope your just messing with us, because otherwise your hurting my brain.

      • @Caitie F

        God you people are dumb as rocks.

      • Hannah (not that one)

        Augh, my name is getting troll-germs!

      • Az

        hahahaha i thought you were serious until i saw this post. this is so great!

      • Lizzie K

        the actress’s name is Dianna Agron, and is 24 years old. She plays a character on “Glee” named Quinn who was 16 and had a baby and then gave it up for adoption. “Glee” is NOT a reality show. “16 and Pregnant” is though.

      • Woodchuck

        Unfunny troll is unfunny. Is this really all you have to do in your free time?

    • Lizzie K

      FYI:Her CHARACTER on the show gave birth to a child NOT the actress herself.

      Oh and also, her CHARACTER gives the baby up for adoption, so she does not have the child.

    • DiMi

      Calling young actresses “cheap hookers” is much more offensive and degrading to women than the problematic GQ shoot. Shame on you, Hannah.

  • fc

    Glee is not a family show and never has been. I watch it but do not let my kids watch it. No way.

    • Aly

      Absolutely. As a parent, I am the one who is ultimately responsible for what my child is exposed to in regards to the media. She loves the CDs, but understands that the show is not for her.

      • Sarah

        Exactly! This is not a family show! Just because the characters are teen agers, doesn’t mean the subject matter is ‘family’ appropriate. I let my daughter listen to the music, too. But the show is not for her!

        I think the uproar over the photos is a bit much. As GQ editor Jim Nelson said, they are adults!

    • Ktct

      I watch the each episode, DVR them, and make a decision on whether or not a particular episode is acceptable for my 11 and 12 year old. Some are, some are not. I actually found the episode where Finn used the word, “faggy” to be a good teaching moment. That said, this is not a family show.

      • Kathy

        @Ktct I so agree about this. So many chances to talk about what’s happening and open a conversation with my teens. They go to high school every day and sometines they point out things that jump out at them as so much like what they see in their own lives and peopel that they deal with. Glee is way over the top, but some things are very relatable to my girls’ lives.

  • Sandrita

    I appreciate her thoughtful response. I also wonder if Lea Michele will be so mature and conscientious of her fans…?

    • opumpkinwherearthou

      Don’t ask that much out of Lea Michele. She is a little attention whore-ish so I guess she doesn’t care about people opinion as long as it gets her press. Dianna on the other hand is a pretty articulate girl who understand why some people are offended. She explains her point really well.

      • Geronimo Jackson

        @opumpkinwherearthou: Watch your mouth! You are talking about my future wife. Her and her boyfriend aren’t aware of this yet but it will happen.

      • murley

        this comments is more exploitative of women than any of those photos. shame on you. i respect dianna’s decision to speak out and like what she says. what lea or cory decide to do is their business. grow up, both of you.

      • murley

        p.s. i didn’t mean you geronimo, i was talking to the 2 above you. i respect your intentions!

      • Geronimo Jackson

        No worries Murley. You are invited to the wedding.

      • @murley

        do you buy your soapboxes in bulk or one at a time?

  • Josie

    I’m sorry, but how has no one brought up the image on rolling stone cover with Lea flashing her knickers? Dianna Agron even has it up on her blog. Sure, it’s no crotch shot, but still. I just think this got blown way out of proportion.

    • Ana170

      The problem is that the actors (the female ones anyway) are dressed liked young girls and posing in an almost pornographic way. If the actors had taken these photos while dressed like the adults they keep reminding us they are, I don’t think there would be an issue.

      • Not WIlling to Cast a Stone

        @ Ana170

        Pardon me, but the United States Supreme Court has been unable to rule on the definition of pornography, no please tell me, how is it that YOU’VE been “shown the light” to distinguish between art and porn?

      • EKH

        excellent point.

      • Snsetblaze

        My thoughts exactly. It did not need to be set in a school with “schoolgirl” clothing.

      • Kiki

        I agree. They are portraying their Glee characters in that photoshoot. Period. To argue otherwise is disingenuous. Since their Glee characters are underage, the photoshoot seems inappropriate even though the actors are of age.

        Had they been portraying themselves or people over the age of 18 in a photoshoot set other than a school, I don’t think this would be an issue.

    • Angela

      Interesting that the PTC had no problem with Lea Michele’s UK Marie Claire photos where she was topless and wearing black panties

  • lorraine

    In case you’re wondering Ms. Agron, GQ is displayed in every Barnes & Nobles, Borders and other book stores around the country. It has nothing to do with parental controls….do you suggest we keep our children out of bookstores now. How about you keep your filth out of our faces. And considering your photographer on this shoot is a known pedophile, I question your decision to work with him. Did you have to give him a handjob as he’s demanded of other models in the past.

    • Jennifer

      GQ magazine is displayed on the top shelf in the magazine section of book stores. If you were a responsible parent, you would have no problem with suggestive photos in a magazine for adult males. Take ownership of your role as a parent and don’t concern yourself with what is in a magazine you don’t read.

      • onlymystory

        I’m not touching the pedophile thing but actually GQ is in the reach of kids. The bookstores in my town (and I’m talking a pretty conservative Idaho town) put GQ on prominent display every month and its always easily accessible by any age.
        So, yeah I think parents could be concerned with their kids picking up a copy to see their favorite Glee actors and finding out quite a bit more information. Even Cosmo gets a higher shelf.

        Oh, & you should read some of the interviews and sexual abuse accusations on this photographer. He’s definitely pervy.

    • SteveStrifeX

      Did you forget to take your crazy pills this morning lorraine? I never read up on the photographer being a “known pedophile.” And also considering that Maxim and Cosmopolitan are displayed in Barnes & Noble, Borders, etc, I’d be more concerned about a child looking at the girl in lingerie and asking what are the 15 ways to please a man in bed.

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      • LaShawna

        Well…the photographer, Terry Richardson, has faced accusations in the past about “encouraging/forcing” his young female models to sexually pleasure him. Not a pedophile, but definitely skeevy.

      • b

        No kidding, there is WAY worse stuff available in the average bookstore than this silly photo shoot.

        Hell, bookstores usually have ENTIRE SECTIONS of books about… sex! And you don’t even have to be over 18 to read them!

    • Kathy

      What makes you think Dianna had much of a choice, especially about the photographer. She’s an actress under contract to do promotional shoots, etc. for GLEE. She’s working. Do you get a lot of say about what your bosses make you do? If so, you’re lucky.

      • wooster182

        She wouldn’t have say on the photographer, but she would have say on how she posed, which clearly came through the shoot. Dianna was more reserved in all of her shots and Lea…wasn’t.

    • santana

      You know they also sell Maxim and Playboy at bookstores too. If you’re that worried about it then maybe you shouldn’t let your kid wander around the bookstore alone.

      • opumpkinwherearthou

        Yeah but people who goes to buy Playboy and Maxim at bookstores buys them for the articles…

    • eponymous

      It is not about keeping your children out of bookstores; it’s about supervising and maintaining an open level of communication with them and having the gumption to say “you are not ready for that” or “that is not intended for you.” If the child throws a tantrum or acts up, so be it… My children are in their late teens now and when they were too young for something I didn’t hesitate to say NO firmly and respectfully. As they matured, they started understanding a little better why I said no about certain things and they are, I am proud to say, very nice, respectful people. If we disagreed from time to time, I still managed to say no and stand my ground.
      I can’t understand why people in this country think that if it’s on TV it’s for general consumption and we can’t deny it to our kids. If you disagree with what a show or its stars portray, just turn off the TV!!! Same with reading material you object to…it’s your prerogative! The constitution guarantees freedom of speech and all you have to do to regulate it is exercise your right to pay attention and THAT is not the same as CENSORSHIP!

      • murley

        THANK YOU!

      • kes

        YOU GO, GIRL! DAMN STRAIGHT AND AMEN TO THAT!! Finally, some common sense!

    • Dahlenk

      Nasty, Lorraine, Just NASTY.
      You ever heard of Parental Control?
      Keeping Said Child(ren) out of the Magazine Section????

    • TJ

      Sounds like it’s far more important to keep your kids away from Lorraine.

  • amanda

    Yeah, a family show? Not exactly for the under 14 crowd…at least.
    Love Diana, though. What a well written, thoughtful post. She could have gone the Miley route…”I’m a big girl, this is how big girls act and dress.”

  • JD

    Wow. Only in America…

  • wooster182

    I wouldn’t call her response strong. She rambles without a point, really. But her opinion is very clear and it also comes through in the pictures: She’s a “tame” girl and this shoot made her uncomfortable. That came out loud and clear in the photos and it actually helped her to look less controversial. She seems like a sweet girl and I hope she starts saying no to things she obviously feels uncomfortable doing.

    • MomC

      I thought she looked uncomfortable as well. The skirt seemd like an afterthought. Maybe they wanted her to pose in her knickers too, but she said, “no”. Meanwhile, Leah sure embraced it. I really did not like the photos, but that d__m lollipop bothered me more than the state of undress.

      • wooster182

        The photoshoot seriously would not have been controversial had Lea toned it WAY down. Hell, the True Blood threesome were completely naked and weren’t nearly as tactless as this. She looked like a blowup doll in one of those pictures.

      • Ap


        Exactly! If the Rachel character wore a skirt this would not be making major news. But she’s not wearing a skirt in any of photos and that crotch shot – c’mon, that was just tasteless.

    • DiMi

      I agree with both points. I liked the idea of the response, but I felt it lacked focus and could have been written more effectively. 2. I think Lea was the one whose photos were too extreme and that Dianna looked uncomfortable in all of the photos. I think it’s unfortunate that Dianna is getting punished for Lea’s insecurities.

  • Rick

    I wonder when the Playboy spread is coming out?

  • Vicki

    Good for her. And just one opinion: it wasn’t her photos that screamed “skank” -it was Lea Michele’s shots. Dianna at least had the forethought to wear a skirt. She has nothing to apologize for IMO. I’m not sure why Lea has been so over the top lately, but it’s affecting the way I see the Rachel character (and not in a good way). Maybe it’s just over-exposure.

    • Caitie F

      Really? Who the hell are you to use that kind of a word to describe Lea Michele? She is a sexy woman who is comfortable with herself. Maybe this wouldn’t be an issue if other women were not so jealous that they had to resort to words like skank…

      • Vicki

        I am the one who QUALIFIED my comment with the phrase “just one opinion.” Freak. I’m not jealous–I liked her last year. Just disappointed that she has changed the Rachel character so much this season. Relax Caitie F. I’m sure she’s a good person who posed like a skank for a photo shoot. No more, no less.

      • Jamie

        Um Vicki – the last I heard the show is not written by Lea Michele, so technically SHE is not changing the character – the WRITERS are. Good lord, I don’t think I’ve ever come across a message board so clearly full of dolts in my entire life. Get real Vicki – she is playing a role that is being written for her, not acting out her real life. Sorry you can’t tell the difference.

      • Vicki

        You make a valid point Jamie. Not sure why you felt the need to call me a dolt, but whatever. I’m just getting totally turned off by Rachel this year & it’s a bummer. I can’t put my finger on what it is exactly, but maybe it really isn’t her fault. FWIW, I have no issue with provocative pics, etc., but I will call a skanky pic “skanky” (full on frontal crotch shot is stripper skank no matter who does it). Having said that, it doesn’t make the woman herself a skank. I just feel like she’s a talented girl who doesn’t need to act so desperate. Just my opinion (once again). -and with that, I’m done. Back to work for me. :p

      • Jamie

        Sorry Vicki – I just got done reading the comments section on a Fox News related message board and I take it back – the peeps here are 1,000,000 times more articulate than what I was seeing there. I didn’t mean to lump you in, but I am just super frustrated with all the hoopla surrounding these images. They aren’t even that good to begin with, so I just don’t get it. And yeah, the full on frontal crotch shot can been seen as “skanky”, but at least she’s wearing panties – right? Having seen Lea Michele in ‘Spring Awakening’ I am less surprised by these images than maybe those that haven’t seen her topless before. So, sorry – maybe I was painting with too broad of a brush.

      • Vicki

        Ha! I totally get it. I had just come in here from the snarky fun comment section at GFY, so I was in full-on snark mode when I made my first post. My apologies to Jamie as well for calling her a freak. It was a knee-jerk reaction as well because I didn’t expect such a reaction to my post.

      • Vicki

        *sorry. I meant aplogies to Caitie.

        (And now I really need to close this window for good before I get busted at work)

      • Jamie

        I need to go too, but one more thing in regards to Rachel this year. Is it me or is she doing that squnity, then surprised look EVERY time she sings a song this season – like she’s surprised she can actually hit the notes? It annoys my to no end. Otherwise, I agree – her character so far this season isn’t all that interesting. I am however loving that we get a bigger view of what’s happening in Brit’s head this season – she’s a hoot.

      • J

        I think skank is quite appropriate, but of course, that’s just my opinion.

      • wooster182

        Oh come on! I’m usually the last woman in the room to ever degrade a woman based on their sexuality and rarely ever call a woman a slut, but Lea put it out there on purpose. She made herself look as base and simple as possible. She made the shoot look trashy. She has her mouth open in almost every shot and is twirling her air in another. She’s *trying* to look like a vapid skank. There’s no other word for it.

      • wooster182

        Sorry, her *hair*

      • murley

        it probably wouldn’t hurt to take into account that lea is a stage actress who was nude on stage performance after performance. she is probably pretty comfortable and confident with her body and is also probably a dramatic person. i just feel like using the word skank implies something pretty specific about what kind of person she is and there is no real evidence that she is doing anything other than following direction on a photo shoot. you shouldn’t call a girl a skank on the internet, not classy guys.

      • Mandi

        ITA! Totally unfair! The GQ people styled them, the photographer told them what to do, but then LEA is skanky? It’s her job to make clients happy and in this case, the client was GQ. Sorry, but I think people are being really unfair to all of them.

      • wooster182

        I absolutely did not call her a skank nor did I call her skanky. I said she LOOKED skanky in a photoshoot. Yes, there’s likely a difference. You bring up a good point. She’s a stage actress. She knows how to move her body in a certain way and what it means. So she–and any woman–knows that by spreading your legs out completely, opening your mouth like a blow up doll and twirling your hair is going to make you look skanky. That IS the look she’s going for here. If it wasn’t, she would have posed differently. Dianna, for example, didn’t pose that way at all. She wasn’t trying to look skanky and she didn’t look skanky. Call a spade a spade.

    • Mel

      Agree with you Vicki. I’m finding her character even more grating each week and I wonder if it’s because Lea Michelle’s actions are subliminally affecting me. I wish Glee would open the storyline up for the other cast members of the show. She looks like she’s trying way too hard in this photoshoot. Full frontal crotch shoot is definitely a classy way to portray yourself. Wish she would tone it down.

      • Vicki

        Yes. This is exactly how I feel. Like the actress’ antics are bleeding into the character.

        (Jamie, I am loving Britney too. She gets the best one-liners.)

    • T.C.

      I agree with you that her character has changed a lot this season. Last season she had some vulnerability and sensitivity to balance out her insufferable shallow qualities. Even though she could be annoying, you still liked her and cared about her. There’s nothing redeemable about her anymore this season and it’s diminishing my enjoyment of the show because she is a principal character and is on all the time(for example if Shannon from “Lost” had been a more prominent character, I may have had to stop watching.) I’m not sure if it is LM’s acting or the writers, but there has definitely been a change in tone in Rachel’s personality. Hopefully this is the show’s intention and it will be addressed as a plot point, or maybe I should just hope for an Ana Lucia guest spot so she can shoot Rachel.

      • Marianne

        I actually did like Rachel in the last episode Duets because she wasn’t so “me me me”. Not only was a diva like her willing to throw a competition, but also recognizing Kurt’s loneliness and singing him with him at the end. If was a nice turn for change.

    • DiMi

      I don’t like the word skank. I find it sexist and offensive. However, I do agree that Lea’s pix, not Dianna’s, were the ones that were the most sexually disturbing. It’s not fair that Dianna is being punished for them.

    • sam

      Lea is an actress. That’s what I see when I see these pictures. A girl just being a good actress who can actually show an emotion that may or may not actually be hers

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