Glee star Dianna Agron has spoken out about the controversial photos of her and her co-stars in GQ magazine.
The actress took to her own personal blog to discuss the Parents Television Council complaints that the GQ photos are too racy for actors on a family show like Glee. But while she does apologise for any offense caused, she points out that GQ is an adult magazine and not intended for minors:
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 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?
Agron goes on to discuss her personal viewpoint on the pictures, describing them as “heightened versions” of their [[Glee (TV Series)|Glee]] characters. She goes on to explain that she’s not the hot minx you see in the photos and that she had a pretty sedate upbringing.
It’s an apology, but it’s also a very subtle wake-up call (I think) to the Parents Television Council, a group whose raison d’etre is to professionally take umbrage at anything remotely grown-up. I understand that they’ve got their moral stance against sexualizing children. I’m a parent myself. I don’t let the kids watch Glee, because for one thing it has serious adult themes like homosexuality and teenage pregnancy. I can’t help feeling that this pressure group are picking on Glee because it’s popular and therefore a way to draw attention to their organization.
Here’s another good point from Agron’s post – she mentions that she wasn’t totally in favour of the concept for the shoot, but as an actress, she seems to have approached the shoot as playing an extension of her character on the show.
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…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 it were down to me, I’d have told this bunch of self-appointed television police to sod off and mind their own joyless, conservative business. I’m glad Agron spoke out, but a more seasoned actress might have refused to apologise. Certainly she had the higher ground – the photoshoot was an adult themed one for an adult-centric magazine. I do believe that as long as dad doesn’t leave his copy on the coffee table, there’s not much chance of junior becoming corrupted.
And really – since when was a photo of Lea Michele’s arse considered pornographic? I dare you to go to your newsagents and look through the lads mags section – there’s much worse on display than this rather tame GQ cover.