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'Glee' star Dianna Agron responds to GQ controversy

Gq While everyone from fans of “Glee” to the Parents Television Council to Katie Couric have been making their feelings known about the cast's racy GQ photo shoot, the magazine's trio of cover stars, Dianna Agron, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith, have kept mum –- until now. Agron recently took to her Tumblr account to respond to the controversy.

“I am not a representative of the three of us, the show, or Fox, only myself,” she makes sure to point out before emphasizing that she and her castmates are not the first stars to push the public's buttons.

“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,” she writes. “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.”

Agron, who describes herself as a “pretty tame and easy-going girl my whole life,” admits that she was uncomfortable by the concept of the photo shoot.

“Nobody is perfect, and these photos do not represent who I am,” she writes.

“They asked us to play very heightened versions of our school characters. A ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ version,” she adds. “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.”

As for criticism that the show's young fans might see these inappropriate images, Agron responds, “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?” Before you point out that young kids are tech savvy and can easily stumble upon the photos on the web while searching for the show, she points out, “There are parental locks, and ways to get around this.”

As for Agron's idea of her dream photo shoot... “I’d be in a treehouse, in a wild costume, war-paint and I’d be playing with my pet dragon,” she writes.

Readers, what do you think of Agron's response? Are you disappointed that the real, pet dragon and treehouse-loving Agron isn't represented in the photo shoot?

-- Vlada Gelman (follow my TV musings on Twitter at @stayingin)

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I hope she told her other cast mates she was doing this. Can of back tracking to me.

She should have to apoligze this how thing is over blown

She posted photos with the photographer, Terry Richardson on this very same blog, calling him "fun" and praising his work, even linking to his official website. She didn't seem to have a problem at the time, but now that people are outraged she's doing damage control.

I don't think she should be apologizing, and her other costars shouldn't feel they they need to either. Just yesterday Lea Michele was tweeting about supporting gay youth, not about the ridiculously overblown response to this photo shoot.

Well, at least she's not acting like a dumb blonde about it...

Controversy??? YEOWEE!!!

This image is what Hollywood sells day in and day out. It doesn't matter what she says - it's a lie. It's what the agents can sell - period.

Who are these clowns think we're trying to please - Phyllis Schlafly?? NOT.

Usually there's a purpose to "pushing the envelope". What is it in the case of this mag cover? What's the purpose? It just looks like a dude with his two whores. "In the land of Madonna, Britney, Miley, Gossip Girl" this photo has no value. It's been done. It's used. It's worthless. That sentimentality transfers itself onto the subjects. A valueless dude with two whores. That's all.

I am constantly impressed with Dianna Agron. She didn't have to respond to anything, but she did and in an intelligent and thoughtful way. As far as I'm concerned, even if Monteith and/or Michele choose to make a statement, in my view, it will be too little, too late. Agron has out-classed them. I wish her a bright and successful future.

Good job Dianna in pointing out that the children that the Parents Television Council are purportedly trying to protect should not be reading the publication in question if the parent is doing their job.

I wonder if the PTC realizes that in advertising what people shouldn't see, they're actually driving MORE people to look at the images, not LESS. They'd be better off not talking and letting the whole thing blow over with most people never knowing about the images in the first place!

Being an actress who I think is very talented, I would expect many different versions from her. Some she would love and some she hated. But as actors, we are taught to love our characters. Photo shoots, music videos, and even commercials, we are NEVER who is actually present that day.

WHO CARES!?!?!?! The girl is 24, for crying out loud! It was one thing when Miley was half naked at like 15, or whatever. But honestly, she's a grown woman. Calm your hormones, people.

This story line is wildly misleading. Pedophilia is sexual interest in the prepubescent. A 28 yr. Old and 2 24 yr. Old people do not a story about 'pedophilia' make and to use the term about even real high school students is to mislead and obscure the subject of appropriate standards by 'medicalizing' the subject. One of the adulteress on this show plays a 16 or 17 yr. Old unwed mother, to refer to this age group as victims of 'pedophilia' rises to the level of total linguistic absurdity.

the only people who should be appologising, if at all, is GQ, for making its readers look like immature boys who are only interested in keeping a ledger of their conquests to impress other boys. it is insulting to men. it has useful articles on music and fashion, but i will swap this cover if i was buying it at a stand. why glorify the boardroom jocks who probably made life hell for most its readers at one age or another?

All of the innocent act is well and good...and expected. Young lady, take responsibility for your actions. You gave away any ability to sound innocent.

First off. Never watched Glee and never heard of any of these people until now but if they are in character ( as under age high schoolers what they play on the show ) and posing in a sexual manner then it's soft core porn or simulated pedophilia. All that is missing is lollipops and teddy bears.
These woman are selling their very souls for fame and fortune.
She's not an entertainer like Britney. Britney doesn't pretend to be under age. Miley really is 17 and not pretending to be under age.

"these photos do not represent who i am" - well who do they represent? and there are thousands of other wanna-be, "actresses" who'd do the same. what moral courage. hollywood is the most conformist crowd around. that collective instinct is so tough to repress, people like her will even try and appease the public (which they usually make fun of anyway at their exclusive parties).

Whether Agron thinks that she's not representing the show or Fox, Fox may beg to differ, especially if they keep getting an earful of complaints from parents to sponsors about the photoshoot. Looks too racy for teens and can be eye candy to pedophiles.

Looks hot.

Her first instinct was to say no to the idea, then the dollar signs flashed in her eyes. Her entire backtracking, non-apology 'blame the 8-year-old for somehow accessing the photo' is beyond ridiculous, but typical Hollywood.

Most people seem to be missing the point and my guess is that most of them do not have teenage girls. I do have a teenage girl and I have a huge problem with these photos. I really don't care if the actors want to pose semi-nude, nude or whatever. That's their choice. But please do not pose as a teen girl. It's quite obvious they were trying to look like teens girls. The shots were taken in a high school, they posed in front of school lockers, with cheerleading gear, and so on.

Hello! In an adult men's magazine, these images are bascially saying it's ok for grown men to have a school girl fantasy. It's not.

Tess: It's absolutely 100% okay for men to have a schoolgirl fantasy. It's absolutely 100% wrong for them to act on it. We haven't yet reached the Orwellian version of society where our very thoughts and dreams are dictated by people like you, and your opinions are in no way justified by the fact that you have a teenage daughter.

First off, who got the impression that Glee was a kid's show? Because there's singing and dancing? I'm confused, because the storyline and themes of the show are not very kid friendly, and a lot of the music has suggestive themes as well. The point is: this is not a show for your 8 year-old kid. The Broadway show, "Chicago," has singing and dancing, but you wouldn't take your kid to see it now would you?

The bottom line: no apologies needed. People get offended by all sorts of things. What is distasteful or offensive is different in everyone's eyes. This was a shoot for GQ, a magazine known for things like this, it's not like they put the photos in Family Circle. They are actors....name one actor that hasn't done a photo shoot like this. People are making a big deal over it because it's something to get mad about. period.

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