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'Glee' GQ photos dubbed the 'gift that keeps on giving', despite controversy

11/01/2010 by Corinne Heller

Dianna Agron, Cory Monteith and Lea Michele of 'Glee' grave the November 2010 cover of GQ magazine. (Photo courtesy of GQ)GQ magazine calls its controversial "Glee Gone Wild" November cover photo and online gallery, which depict stars Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Dianna Agron in sexy poses and undergarments, "the gift that keeps on giving" and says millions of people viewed the pictures on its website.

The Parents Television Council had called the photos "near pornographic" and said they border on "pedophilia".

"It's going to be the gift that keeps on giving," vice president and publisher Peter King Hunsinger told MediaWeek recently.

The magazine plans to plans to  post a behind-the-scenes video of the Glee photoshoot, which it had original saved for its iPad edition. The pictures were viewed more than 33 million times in the first week, GQ says.

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

"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."

Jim Nelson, editor-in-chief of GQ, had also defended the photos, saying: "The Parents Television Council must not be watching much TV these days and should learn to divide reality from fantasy. As often happens in Hollywood, these 'kids' are in their twenties. I think they're old enough to do what they want."

Even though the actors play high school students on the show, Monteith is 28 and Michele and Agron are 24. Earlier this month, Michele shot racy photos for Marie Claire magazine, which showed her almost topless.

Glee, a FOX musical sitcom, depicts the lives of eclectic glee club members in a U.S. high school. The show is on its second season and has tackled topics deemed daring for a high school series. Racial, sexual and other controversial topics are spoken about candidly and with dry humor.

On an episode that aired on October 12, two female cheerleaders were seen making out. Last month, an episode dedicated to pop star Britney Spears, who also appeared in person, showed the cast igniting a "sex riot" in school by performing a seductive performance of Spears' song "Toxic".

Murphy told OnTheRedCarpet.com he would like an episode to deal with teen suicides, in wake of recent suicides by gay teenagers who were taunted by their peers.

Last week's episode saw the cast of Glee performing songs from the 1975 cult musical film The Rocky Horror Picture Show in an episode titled "The Rocky Horror Glee Show".

Check out photos from "The Rocky Horror Glee Show" episode of Glee!

The cast of 'Glee' performs 'Rocky Horror' (Photos  courtesy of FOX)



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