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GQ/'Glee' uproar: Agron apologizes

Members of the Glee club perform in the

Members of the Glee club perform in the choir room in the "Sectionals" fall finale episode of the FOX television program, "Glee." Credit: FOX

Of all the things one did not expect today - an apology from Dianna Agron for those idiotic photos in the November GQ.

 She posted the following on her blog a short while ago, and by way of explanation, here's what happened. She and Lea Michele posed for GQ in a fairly provactive manner, although Michele made Agron look chase by comparison. Michele's photos, were bizarrely, soft porn - draped in just- about-nothing-at-all. You really have to wonder what sort of counsel she's getting from her manager or from Ryan Murphy who is, after all, the Big Daddy of "Glee."

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 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?
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 twenty-four 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…..


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