Glee Creator Urges: Boycott Newsweek!

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In last week's edition of Newsweek, Ramin Setoodeh wrote an article that made one controversial statement and asked one controversial question:

First, he said, gay actors cannot pull of straight roles. Then, he asked: Why is there no A-list gay movie star?

Kristin Chenoweth fired back at the essay, citing Setoodeh's examples of failed straight roles (e.g. Cynthia Nixon as Miranda in Sex and the City) as "sloppy," and referring to the entire piece as "bigoted and factually inaccurate."

Now, Glee creator Ryan Murphy has taken his critique of the article even further: he's written an open letter, asking everyone to boycott Newsweek. In it, he says:

This article is as misguided as it is shocking and hurtful. It shocks me because Mr. Setoodeh is himself gay. But what is the most shocking of all is that Newsweek went ahead and published such a blatantly homophobic article in the first place…and has remained silent in the face of ongoing (and justified) criticism.

Would the magazine have published an article where the author makes a thesis statement that minority actors should only be allowed and encouraged to play domestics? I think not.

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Today, I have asked GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios to stand with me and others and ask for an immediate boycott of Newsweek magazine until an apology is issued to Sean Hayes and other brave out actors who were cruelly singled out in this damaging, needlessly cruel, and mind-blowingly bigoted piece. An apology should also be issued to all gay readers of the magazine…steelworkers, parents, accountants, doctors, etc…proud hardworking Americans who, if this article is to be believed, should only identify themselves as “queeny” people (a word used by Setoodeh in the article) who stand at the back of the bus and embrace an outdated decades old stereotype.

Give me a call, Ramin... I’d love to hear from you. I’ll even give you a free copy of our Madonna CD, on which we cover “Open Your Heart,” a song you should play in your house and car on repeat.

Our take on Setoodeh's viewpoint?

Putting aside homophobic rhetoric and anything of that nature, he's simply incorrect. Off the top of our heads, we can come up with numerous gay actors that are widely accepted in straight roles (Nixon, Neil Patrick Harris on How I Met Your Mother, Cherry Jones on 24, Lily Tomlin on Damages).

It's difficult to make a serious point of any kind when your thesis is misguided. What do you think about gay actors in straight roles? Do you have any problem taking them seriously?

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First off, I like Glee. It's a good show and it has had repeatedly good criticism. Jane Lynch, as you all know, is gay and is also now married. And her role of Sue S. has also had its fair share of good criticism and, in all honesty, she's one of the best characters.
Seriously, Newsweek just needs to apologize, because, sure, some straight roles have been shredded by gay actors/actresses. But, that doesn't mean you need to openly criticize them all the time.

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newsweek should just apologize, and the writer should learn that what he's says (whether purposefully or not) will hurt some people's feelings. he needs to be more considerate of his audience. it's just common courtesy.

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I'm not sure if I'm missing something here, but no A list gay movie stars? Is Sir Ian Mckellan not A-List? I've regularly seen him playing non-stereotypical parts, and I'm pretty sure that alot of people consider him a damn good actor!

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So many self hating hemosexuals...what the hell is that point of that? Unless they're gay posers waiting to jump to the straight boat when they've locked in some unsuspecting hetro. Sneaky bastards.

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Don't those who say "It's freedom of speech, people" realize that freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from criticism? Don't they realize boycotters have freedom of speech as well?

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There's no UNCLOSETED A-list gay actor in Hollywood because of people like Satoodeh who make life miserable for uncloseted gay actors, and accuse them of being unable to do their jobs. There ARE A-list gay actors, but they're in the closet. They know the straight public would turn against them if it knew, and that self-hating gays like Satoodeh would cheer the public on.

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Why is there no gay A-List actors or actresses in Hollywood? Because they all suck. It's the truth, who wants to see Rosie O'Donnell in a film role of any kind? And for the argument about Neil Patrick Harris? I don't know if he is a good actor or not because only lonely females and gay people actually watch his joke of a television show. There you have it. Leave the makeup and wardrobe jobs for the gay people and let the 93% of America (heterosexuals) watch other heterosexuals in heterosexual roles.

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it's called freedom of speech people.

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