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Dianna Agron Apologizes for GQ Photo Spread

Dianna Agron Apologizes for GQ Photo Spread

Glee starlet Dianna Agron has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the suggestive photos from the November 2010 issue of GQ.

Before sharing her opinions on her blog, the 24-year-old actress prefaced her entry with this: “I am not a representative of the three of us, the show, or Fox, only myself.” And here’s the full entry:

“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…..”

Interview Magazine, get Dianna in a treehouse for a photo shoot stat!!

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  • Saad G.Khan

    Finally that’s great of her to come out like that… hope Lea Micheale too because her pictures were the most racy ones in GQ .

  • Leni

    I have to say, I’m not a prude but these photos are so clearly sold as jerk-off material to guys (which are GQ primary customer-base I know). It offends me that they stoop to this level, specially Lea Michele, with the picture where she spreads her legs and opens her mouth, in white underwear. I don’t get why they went there?

  • josie

    It’s irresponsible for parents to complain about bad influences in the media. Because like Dianna mentioned, shouldn’t the job of educating their children fall on them, and not on the mainstream media? Isn’t there something wrong if a kid does end up with a copy of GQ? And if the media is what some parents are relying on to teach their kids, the future looks pretty grim.

    Bottom line is – she’s 24, a grown woman, and gorgeous. If she wants to do GQ, she can sure as hell do it.

  • yeahwhateverlulz

    Obviously, she’s the classy one here..

  • Lilakoi Moon

    Oh, SHUT UP!

  • giselle

    I don’t think she had to apologize at all, especially when Lea Michelle is the one who always tries to over-sexualize herself and allows these magazines and photographers to exploit that. Dianna doesn’t try to be some glamorous sex pot. She gets a pass on this for sure.

    Lea Michelle is really overdoing it, and while I don’t think this photo shoot is really a big deal, she has really had a pattern of just trying too damn hard.

  • Taylor

    @josie: i agree completely. you took the words right out of my mouth.

  • WOW

    The only people who should be apologizing are the hypocritical sl*t-shamers calling the photos disgusting then turning around and calling their fellow females, ‘sk*nk’, ‘wh0re’ ‘sl*t’ ETC.

  • awww :(


  • loveyoudi

    Jared your title is a tiny bit misleading…

    Dianna wrote this in her Tumblr btw. I love her.

  • http://www. V

    She is very articulate.

  • Jonte

    Classy response.

  • N.

    Hell, she has on more clothes in that pic than that teenage Momsen girl wears walking down the street.

  • hello common sense

    @WOW: AMEN!!!!!

  • Rebecca

    I don’t think she needed to apologize for anything but if she felt like she should, way to do it girl!!! Great “speach”! She is a smart young adult who will be very successful in life if she continues like this. And by successful I don’t mean famous or rich!

  • Sacha, 22

    she’s so gorgeous…..

  • ?

    i cannot believe she had to do this!! Why would children get a copy of GQ, they can do what they want… they play a fictional character on a fictional show its not who they are plus they play with the sex thing all the time in glee, but they are not naked so no problem right? my god people are hypocrites

  • Lauren

    Oh Dianna, never apologize for being hot.

  • UNA

    Even if you don’t like Lea Michelle it’s NOT OKAY to name-call HER just because you feel like it. How can you call a shoot trashy or degrading then type degrading and trashy language? Makes no sense.

    At the end of the day no matter what you personally think of Lea (attention h0, whatever) it doesn’t make it ok to use vile langauge. That’s sexist.

    Lea is an ACTRESS. “For Q, they asked us to play very heightened versions of our school characters. A ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ version.” She performed to her best, and it only highlights the fact that she is a solid actress.

    You are only young once and she has a gorgeous body (both girls are beautiful), no harm done, just a photoshoot. The only thing I did’t like about the shoot was the fact that Terry Richardson shot the pics….now HE, IS sexist and pervy minded it seems. He just made Cory sit at the drums while the girls were being all ‘sexy’. Shocker.

  • oh na na whats my name

    all the people involved in the shoot were ADULTS

    if you can’t differentiate between the ROLES they play on the show and themselves… need to return to reality

    ps. she is so pretty

  • Chinnheifer’s old nose

    Those pictures were done in poor taste and the main reason is Terry Richardson. He loves to photograph women in degrading poses.This guy is such a sicko that on numerous occasion he gets bjs from lesser known actors and models and photographs them whilst getting the bj.

  • Louisa

    Terry Richardson is such a repulsive pig..

  • rhonda

    those were auditions tapes for Hef’s new girlfriends. lol what next playboy, no that girl likes to spread her legs will have to go straight to hustler magazine.

  • Andy, 23

    Lea Michele needs to do playboy! WHAT A BABE. I would definitely f–k her.

    I would marry Dianna though.

  • Example

    These stars are hypocrites. They crave and solicit the public to get popular and sell their craft. They get idolized. People, children, look up to them. They can’t just take themselves out of irresponsibly influencing bad behavior. They understand that they sell a message and they encourage people to buy it. So they have a responsibility behind the message of their craft and actions.
    These stars court attention and fame but when they get the money, they always wallow in extravagant and salacious lifestyle and forget the fans who look up to them. Idiots and selfish.

  • SmartAlec

    Give me a break. The pictures were for Gentlemen’s Quarterly– of course the girls will be in provocative poses. Glee is not a kids’ show, as exemplified by some of their storylines, jokes, etc. Those who believe it is are complete morons.

    These girls play characters, and do so quite well. And good lord, lay off Lea Michele, saying she should be the one to apologize for her pictures. It’s a photo shoot, idiots. There have been way more scantily clad pics in GQ. These girls are 24, and look fanastic. Those who demand an apology are jealous and/or bored with their lives.

  • JohnDoe

    It sad that people actually have to apoligize for this… lol

  • cf

    Personally I feel that as actresses they should be able to do those type of photo shoots (whether they are tasteful or not is another discussion). However, my problem is their school girl clothing and their suggestive and provocative posing. I also don’t think they should be posing together. From what I’ve seen from Lea Michele she seems to really love the attn. so I’m not sure if she’d regret doing it (even if she later says so). Just a lot of stupid decisions by those involved.

  • Loveher

    Diannna is amazing. End of story.

  • emily

    glee isn’t exactly a child’s program anyway. sure there’s singing and dancing, but everything in between is for high school students to see, not elementary students.

    plus, it’s GQ. if your child has a copy of this in his/her hands, you’ve got a bigger problem.

  • Dan

    @josie: JOSIE (the 3rd comment on the front page) SAID IT ALL. No more must be said, hook line and sinker!

  • Belac

    It was cheap an desperate, especially Leah Michelle, who’s ugly.

    This show will sink very, very fast.

  • Sari

    She’s so classy! I’m not against the photo itself, is just it doesn’t make sense in that magazine or even from the show. I just found it weird.

    Would Lea do something like this for something that gives her so much publicity? Hmmmm… No hell!!!

  • Alanna


  • youngmom

    I’m glad she apologized. I am a young mother with 2 teen girls that USED to watch Glee. I am usually cool and open about things but these pics went too far. I understand they are young women and are old enough to decide to pose like this but they are portraying themselves as teen girls on a show and in these pics. You can have fun in photoshoots but how about some class?

  • Leslie

    I know these actors are older than the teens they portray but the photos are portraying them as “heightened versions” of their characters on a show that is supposed to be a family show. You are supposed to think of Glee and their characters when you see these photos.
    An eight year old is probably not going to have GQ in hand but young teens can definitely see their fav Glee tv stars on the GQ cover at the checkout stand in any store. There is no parental lock there.
    Parents can shelter their children as much as possible but the sad fact is that society as a whole used to help and support that but it doesn’t now.
    Everything is public and everyone is free to do whatever they want and not have to worry about anyone else or feel any responsibility. Really?
    I don’t blame these young actors as much as I do the celebrity machine driving this kind of PR.

  • Pauline

    I don’t want understand the problem with this photoshoot. Yes, it’s hot, yes, it shows some skin. But PLEASE, it’s not like it’s some cheap pornographic shots….. They’re young, they’re beautiful, I think it’s okay for them to be sexy. They aren’t naked, I really don’t get why people could be hurt or offended.

  • Mario

    she didnt have to apologize for these pics… the shots were fun, sexy, playful and they looked great! I loved the shoot!

  • Jokergurl

    Kids should not be reading GQ in the first place, there’s a reason why it’s called Gentlemen’s Quarterly, it’s geared towards men just like Maxim, FHM, Playboy and many others. If she was a teen, it would be an issue but she’s 24 years old, she should not have to apologize for this. If a parent can’t keep their kids in line, or from reading magazines like this one, it’s their problem, not the media, not Hollywood, it falls on the parents. Let’s face it sex sells, it’s the truth, there’s lots of money to be made here. If people are offended here’s a concept DON’T READ IT! And Glee is not for young kids either, try Blues Clues or Wonder Pets, or Spongebob, Glee is for teenagers and older. Just my opinion.

  • Kel

    Glad she said sorry, if she doesn’t do it again you will know she is sincere.
    They aren’t that bad but a bad way to represent the show that influences teens. Good for her making it clear she really wasn’t into it.

  • Abby

    @Jokergurl: I agree. I truly don’t understand why people are saying Glee is for young children. It isn’t. Its for older teenagers/young adults. If you under the age of like 17 chances are Glee isn’t what your watching.

  • andrea

    i support her :)

  • Yellow

    She was obviously reluctant to do this in the first place and was probably pressured to do so and now she regrets it! She is definitely someone to admire in the way she’s been honest about it. She made a mistake and was upfront about it – even though frankly, Lea’s photo is probably the most retarded sexed-up “everyone look at me” pose – in fact if anything, she should be the one back tracking! Dianna is obviously a classy and intelligent girl !!

  • Alexis

    I love her. If she grows tired of the acting thing, she can always become a writer.

  • Chels

    What happened?? what happened with the pics?

  • spencer

    I can’t be more happy that she did this. The photoshoot was COMPLETELY over-sexualized and very trashy. Did they not realize that GLee brings in mostly young (high-school/middle school) audience? I feel that all 3 of them sold out, but Dianna wins some serious class points for her apology. This may seem like a double standard, but I feel that if they were on a different show it wouldn’t have been this bad. I think someone, anyone, should have done a little bit more thinking before they did this shoot. It represents nothing but an old man’s naughty school girl fantasy.

  • spencer

    I can’t be more happy that she did this. The photoshoot was COMPLETELY over-sexualized and very trashy. Did they not realize that GLee brings in mostly young (high-school/middle school) audience? I feel that all 3 of them sold out, but Dianna wins some serious class points for her apology. This may seem like a double standard, but I feel that if they were on a different show it wouldn’t have been this bad. I think someone, anyone, should have done a little bit more thinking before they did this shoot. It represents nothing but an old man’s naughty school girl fantasy.

  • Dee

    Stupid JustJared!
    As Dianna said she’s speaking for herself! Lea doesn’t have to apologize if she doesn’t want to they were for a MEN’S magazine does anyone remember the Jennifer Aniston cover she was naked for craps sake! I understand they’re adults playing teenagers blah, blah, blah but if parents don’t want their kids buying this stuff or dressing up like skanks then they should sit them down and talk to them. I grew up loving Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera they were pretty whorey but I never wanted to dress like them or be ‘sexy’ at 14 because I knew it was wrong. I was taught by my parents I knew myself for heavens sake! Now that I’m an adult I can do whatever the hell I want and dress how I want and my parents can’t do anything about it lol Not to say I dress trashy! Ha ha People are just blowing this way out of proportion. And what the hell is up with all the Lea hate?! She’s gotten such a bad rap the girl isn’t perfect. She’s extremely talented a wonderful actress and singer are people jealous of her talent or something? She doesn’t do drugs or a crazy party girl there are worst things that can be done for publicity. I’m a huge Glee fan but hell no I’m not planning on buying this magazine, I’m just not into any of the stuff the pictures are hot but not what I enjoy looking at. I’m not afraid to say they made go “Hmmm, interesting” when I first saw them lol especially Lea’s the girls not afraid to go all out! Whatever. There are more important things people should be talking about. I don’t even think Dianna should have apologized she’s an adult she can do whatever the hell she wants. But it’s good for her if that’s what she wants to do. I love her, I still love the three of them! That was my 2 cents lol

  • double standard

    The thing that aggravates me the most about this is that the male in the shoot gets to keep all his clothes on, while the females are sexualized. These women serve as role models; too bad the message they’ve just sent is that to be successful, you have to take off your clothes. No surprise that this was a Terry Richardson shoot. They’ll always be a demand for this sort of garbage and I find that really disappointing and disheartening.

  • Jake

    Not really an apology being she justifies the photos and went along and did something that made her uncomfortable because others did. Her sorry to those offended is not regret. Articulate enough girl, however, allowing others to manipulate you to do something that goes against your values is an even bigger “story” than someone like Lea that previously goes topless on stage so this photo shoot didn’t go against her sense of morality.