On Tuesday we got our first look at the new issue of GQ magazine which features Glee castmates Dianna Agron, Cory Monteith and Lea Michele on the cover and in the pages of the mag … all featured in a pretty racy photospread shot by photographer Terry Richardson (well not all of them were scantily clad, only the girls were stripped down … Cory was fully dressed, in layers). Since those photos came out, the Glee actors and GQ have come under fire for the heightened sexual tone of the photos. Dianna decided to speak out personally and blog about the photos so that she could have her say on the matter. Here is the full text of Dianna‘s blogpost regarding the controversial GQ photos:
I’d like to start by saying that these are solely my thoughts on the November issue of GQ and the controversy that has surrounded its release. I am not a representative of the three of us, the show, or Fox, only myself. 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?
The full text of Dianna‘s blogpost continues behind the cut. It’s worth reading, particularly because she confesses that stripping down for the magazine was not her “favorite idea”. Read on …
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…..
For the record, I don’t personally have any problem with the raciness of these photos. The thing that irks me is that the women in these photos were made to strip down to their bras and panties so that they could hang on the sole guy in the photos — who is not only fully dressed, but dressed in LAYERS of clothing. While I understand that GQ is a men’s magazine, it just seems skeevy (and sadly typical) that the women have to be stripped down and sexualized while the guy stands fully dressed in the middle with a big smile on his face. But, again, these are my personal opinions.
I find it interesting that Dianna says that these photos do not “represent” who she is and she understands that the tone of these photos do not represent the tone of Glee. She also confesses that she was not initially happy with the decision to pose in this way … all of this sounds like she was talked into posing in this “heightened version” of high school characters. She references the Britney Spears music video Baby One More Time and while I can see her point, Britney was never stripped down to her bra and panties in that music video. I’m really glad that Dianna felt strongly enough to blog her personal opinions on the photos … to me, it sounds like she’s not too happy with the way they turned out. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that it sounds like she was forced to pose in this manner but her comments about the photos are very telling. “At the time, it wasn’t my favorite idea, but I did not walk away.” — sounds to me like, Either I had to pose in this way or I wouldn’t be featured in the magazine. HMMMM. Hearing these comments from Dianna only makes the photos seem worse in my eyes.
What do y’all think?