“Glee” star Dianna Agron, 24, is wagging a finger at a conservative parents group that protested her recent GQ photo shoot, apologizing for offending anyone, but questioning how any eight year old might see the magazine.
Agron responded to criticism from the conservative Parents Television Council, which claimed the magazine is “sexualizing the actresses who play high school-aged characters.”
Glee’s increasingly sexual content has raised the ire of the council.
The parents group went on the warpath after the Fox television show aired its Britney Spears episode two weeks ago, and continued protesting after an overtly lesbian scene in the latest episode.
The GQ photo shoot comes on the heels of that. Even, CBS News’ anchor woman Katie Couric weighed in on the controversy.
Here’s what Dianna had to say on her blog:
“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 wrote.
“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?
Agron said the magazine asked her and co-star Lea Michele to play “very heightened versions of our school characters.”
She called it a “Hit Me Baby One More Time” version, referring to Spears’ risque song and video by that name.
GQ defended the shoot, claiming the actresses are adults in their 20s.
“The Parents Television Council must not be watching much TV these days and should learn to divide reality from fantasy.”