GQ won’t apologize to Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Earlier this month, Joseph Gordon-Levitt had a dispute with GQ over its featured article about the actor in the August 2012 issue. Gordon-Levitt was deeply disappointed with how the magazine chose to discuss the sensitive issue of his older brother’s death. The actor openly criticized the magazine on his Tumblr page, calling them “irresponsible.” However, GQ is standing its ground and will not offer an apology. The publication released a statement saying, “The magazine stands by its reporting, the facts of which are fully supported—and have been confirmed in detail—by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.” In 2010, Dan’s death was caused by a ketamine intoxication. The coroner’s office characterized the death as accidental since the overdose is what caused injury. Though no apology was given, the magazine concluded, “Because the writer, Amy Wallace, and her editors understood the pain Dan’s passing caused the Gordon-Levitt family, the story sought to be respectful—and brief—in the way it described his death, which GQ felt was a relevant fact in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s biography.” ~Isabelle Khoo

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  1. justme • July 30, 2012 @ 4:31 PM

    it would seem sensitivity and “fair play” are not the relevant considerations for this type of journalism, so much as are “Ka Ching” and circulation.

  2. Jonathan • July 30, 2012 @ 5:50 PM

    Ironic for a magazine with “gentlemen” in it’s title. Maybe stars need to start publishing their own stories…they have the money, and hell, podcasts aren’t difficult to do!

  3. JD • July 30, 2012 @ 7:19 PM

    Wow! GQ are a bunch of D-bags. They have no compassion over the death whatsoever. That’s why they say journalism is cut-throat. RIP to JGL’s brother.

  4. steve c. • July 31, 2012 @ 12:07 AM

    JGL seems like a cool dude, and theres no denying he’s a great actor and has chosen film roles well. on the personal side of this, gq may have a valid point,but with gentlemen in their title,i would think it could have been an easy point to let slide,and not bother with the brothers death at all,really. then again, i havent read gq since the 80’s anyway, so i dont have the full story. i support JGL on this one,though,any talk about a relatives death probably isnt the coolest thing to go on about.

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