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Dianna Agron responds to GQ's 'Glee' photo controversy, says she's sorry if people were offended

10/21/2010 by Corinne Heller

Dianna Agron, Cory Monteith and Lea Michele of 'Glee' grave the November 2010 cover of GQ magazine. (Photo courtesy of GQ) Dianna Agron, who plays cheerleader and student singer Quinn Fabray on the FOX musical sitcom Glee, says she is sorry if people were offended by a racy GQ magazine photoshoot of her and other cast members, which was condemned by the Parents Television Council.

The cover of GQ's November 2010 issue shows Cory Monteith smiling as he puts his hands around the behinds of Lea Michele, who dons a white shirt, white knee-high socks and a pink bra and underwear, and Agron, who wears a mini skirt and shows her bra strap. Agron said it was not her idea to pose the way they did.

The Parents Television Council had called the cover and other photos of the actors in the issue, "near pornographic" and said they border on "pedophilia".

"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," Agron, 24, wrote on her blog. "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."

"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? 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."

Agron said the photos do not represent who she is personally and that it was not her idea to pose the way she and her cast members did for the magazine.

"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," she said. "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."

"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," she said. "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, Id be in a treehouse, in a wild costume, war-paint and Id be playing with my pet dragon."

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