PHOTOS: Naya Rivera, Cory Monteith And Famous Friends Hit GLAAD Media Awards Red Carpet

Glee stars Naya Rivera and Cory Monteith may have hosted the 2012 GLAAD Media Awards, but they didn’t too much media at the ceremony.

Rivera and Monteith dipped onto the red carpet to take photos, but didn’t walk down the press line.

Luckily for you, we went to the wrong floor for the dinner and caught sight of Rivera, who plays lesbian character Santana on the hit TV show.

Queerty asked her what she thought of fans who called her coming-out episode “offensive,” what with its somewhat obvious use of “I Kissed A Girl” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” as coquettish interludes.

“Storylines are storylines,” she said. “I had fun doing it. I didn’t see anything offensive about it.”

While it’s true that Ryan Murphy controls the storylines, and ought to be in the aim of offended parties, she could’ve maybe protested to the Murphs—although as a 25-year-old up-and-coming actress she probably doesn’t have enough clout for that.

Check out all our video interviews from the red carpet, and stay tuned for more coverage tomorrow.

Click through for photos of her co-star Cory Monteith, and check out what the rest of the stars, from Dakota Fanning to to the Jersey Shore‘s Vinny Guadagnino to Wendy Williams, wore.

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  • david

    The dress Naya wore on the red carpet was awful.

  • LC

    What a dumb question to ask her. She’s not going to say it’s offensive and go against her job and the writers. You should be asking the writers these questions. Not the actors.

  • Dana

    @LC: Why is it dumb? People ask actors their opinion on stories all the time.

  • AB


    Not questions that put her between her bosses and her fans.

  • Jasmmine

    @LC: Yeah, she can’t say anything bad, even if she wanted to. It would get her fired. She doesn’t want that. Even if she hated it, if she said she was pissed and hated the storyline, she’d be fired and get in trouble.

  • LC

    @Dana: He put her in a lose-lose situation. Catching her by an elevator and asking her straight up if she thought it was offensive is not a smart question to ask an actor who has zero say on the scripts in the first place. And as if she’s going to badmouth her job and the writers. This answer was set in stone before he even asked it.

  • Jett

    This article is sloppy. Which questions is she answering? Storylines are storylines and then the songs she didn’t find offensive? Confused but I don’t see a problem with her answer. Expected for anyone who wants to keep their job.

  • Belize

    @LC: And if she gives a surprising answer that violates your theory, would you still think that it’s a dumb question to ask? The problem with you people is that you assume to much. It’s not like asking such a question would lead to the end of the world, nor does it even take that much effort to ask. These are common journalistic practices. If not for added quotes that can further humanize the story, it can actually yield to surprising answers. In this case, it did not. But what if it did?

    Wait, let me guess, do you actually think that some of the best interviews you watched or read did not come along with such simple questions? LOL. Get real, kid. The reporter’s job is to ask everything s/he can because it is his / her job to make the implicit explicit. Of course, I wouldn’t be surprised if you don’t see the virtue in that given how easily you assumed what her answer would be.

  • Belize

    @Jasmmine: Yes. After all, it is safe to say that EVERYONE thinks about these things, that EVERYONE doesn’t want to get fired, that EVERYONE just loves being in Glee and that EVERYONE is willing to go against what they believe in for a weekly salary. Hold on to this version of idealism after you graduate middle school, honey. It will set you apart. ;)

  • CBRad

    Never mind this blah blah blah junk. I wanna hear more about how transplant-to-NYC Mulvihill is gonna advise transplant-to-NYC Tebow (who AT LEAST is moving here because he’ll be paid millions, so he’s moving here for good reason).

  • SG

    You don’t think that them appearing – together – to present and promote GLAAD speaks far louder than any soundbite about how they want us to perceive their subbort on LGBT issues? They are actors speaking others lines, but they put their celebrity to good use for GLAAD so why not focus on that?

  • Laurel

    If Naya protested too much she would have upset her boyfriend who wrote the episode.

  • ggreen

    Those awful men’s suits with the “Pee Wee Herman” fit are hideous. They look like ladies cheap polyester pantsuits from the 1970’s. If you are under 5’3” and built like a female waif they are passable but everyone else looks ridiculous. The jackets are too short the pants are too tight and if you button the jacket you rip the shoulders out.

  • Nikko

    I’m glad someone asked this question, unlike other media outlets that are clearly in Glee’s pockets and won’t dare do anything but praise all episodes, no matter how crappy they are. However, I feel it should’ve been addressed to the writer of the episode or to TPTB. Naya only has to act whatever the script throws at her. This is a no-win situation for her.

    Having said that, Naya got a lot of hate on Twitter (and her family as well), for that awful, most offensive episode ever. She ‘might’ be tired of it all, hence her answer. It also could be what she now feels about Santana’s storyline, we’ll never know. I think it was a PR fail on everybody’s part: Glee’s and Naya’s. Both Naya and Cory skipped all interviews for a reason, and that is that the show will never address how awful and damaging that episode was. People feel like Naya was ambushed, but this episode happened several months ago, she was hosting a show about representation for the gay community, this question was bound to happen. How come no one saw this coming? She shoud’ve been prepared, in my opinion.

    I think she also could’ve given an answer that didn’t come across as so dismissive either. She used to talk about how important Santana’s storyline was for so many teens, and now “storylines are just storylines”? It is a bit baffling. Saying “she had fun while doing it” didn’t help either, as those two songs and their performances and implications were plain awful.

    I blame the writer of the episode and TPTB for signing off on that atrocity. But I find really interesting the change of direction Naya seems to have now in regards to Santana’s storyline.

  • CBRad

    @Evan Mulvihill: I find that VERY hard to believe, because you’ve got every character trait of the vicious out-of-towner. If you can prove that to me, I’ll admit I was wrong about that one and have to admit that some natives are awful too.

  • CBRad

    @Evan Mulvihill: And if you WERE born and raised in NYC, then you’d know better than to work for this Gay Cities/Queerty outfit with its agendas and were probably instructed to somehow include Catholic villainy in your Tebow (a Protestant) post. Just like Queerty once tried to put on like homophobia in (Protestant) Northern Ireland actually comes from Catholics. And the Mulvihill name makes it all doubly suspicious.

  • lisa

    @LC: @Nikko: This wasn’t bad PR. It was a cop out. Naya had to have known this question was coming. EVERYONE gets asked about their storylines in these awards, she had to have expected it. Truthfully they probably planned that response before hand because. “This is important to so many girls. It’s not just a game for them.” is a far cry from “Storylines are just storylines.”

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