Did 'Glee' GQ Photos Go Too Far? Fans and Critics Debate
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It wasn't clear how "Glee" producers felt about the GQ photos: Fox denied the AP's request for comment. In any case, Nelson, at GQ, said that Fox knew about the shoot, but didn't get involved in the concept. "It was up to the individual actors and the reps for the actors to approve the concept," he said.
A publicist for Michele did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the actress, who is the breakout star of "Glee" and the subject of the raciest GQ photos - the one with spread legs, and the lollipop-licking photo. Nor did a representative for Monteith.
A publicist for Agron would only confirm the authenticity of a posting by the actress on tumblr.com: The photos, she said, "do not represent who I am."
"They asked us to play very heightened versions of our school characters," wrote Agron, whose poses weren't nearly as explicit as Michele's, but still had her in tiny schoolgirl skirts intentionally raised up. "At the time, it wasn't my favorite idea, but I did not walk away."
"If you are hurt or these photos make you uncomfortable, it was never our intention," she said. "And if your 8-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?"
At least one parent interviewed for this article agreed with Agron that it was the parent's responsibility to control what children see.
"Parents need to filter what comes into their house," said Vivian Manning-Schaffel, a 42-year-old mother of two in New York City and a frequent blogger on parenting issues. "It's up to parents to be clear about what is what."
As for the GQ photos, Manning-Schaffel added: "I don't understand what all the hoopla is about. If I were those actresses, I'd be out there posing in those outfits myself! They're both gorgeous."
Celebrity editor Bonnie Fuller also came to the actresses' defense.
"They are entitled to promote their careers as they see fit," Fuller wrote on her website, Hollywood Life.
"Whether you like it or not, posing in sexually suggestive photographs has become a staple for actresses and actors to self-promote," she wrote. "They almost all do it."
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