Dianna Agron speaks out about GQ 'Glee' photos
"If you are hurt or these photos make you uncomfortable, it was never our intention," Agron wrote on her Tumblr blog, noting that "Glee" is not the first pop phenomenon to push this particular envelope.
"And if your eight-year-old has a copy of our GQ cover in hand, again I am sorry," she said. "But I would have to ask, how on earth did it get there?"
Agron, whose cheerleader character, Quinn, closed out the first season by giving birth in scenes intercut with a group performance of "Bohemian Rhapsody," admitted that the show's rooting-for-the-underdog sensibility wasn't echoed in the GQ photos and noted that although the concept of the shoot wasn't her favorite idea, she "didn't walk away."
The Parents Television Council, in a statement from president Tim Winter, criticized the cover and spread Wednesday for hypersexualizing actresses who play high-school age students, saying the shoot with a high school backdrop "borders on pedophilia."
"Parents need to be on guard as we expect the show to push the envelope even further," Winter said in a statement. "Unfortunately, it seems 'Glee' is only masquerading as a family show and is far from appropriate for young viewers."
Hmm. We didn't think the first season was family-fooling anybody, what with its riffs on unwed teen pregnancy, homosexuality, lying, cheating, divorce, OCD, diet pills, race, religion, the functionality of disabled character Artie's sexual organs and the notion that cheerleader Brittany would sleep with anyone who slowed down long enough for her to jump on.
Maybe our bar is just set a little too high and uptight that way.
— Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Dianna Agron hits the red carpet at the second-season premiere of "Glee" in Los Angeles on Sept. 7. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters.
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