March 27, 2017

“Glee” creator joins the boycott of Newsweek

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: Ryan Murphy has good reason to be upset with the Newsweek article by Ramin Setoodeh who does not believe that openly gay actors including Sean Hayes and Glee cast member Jonathan Groff can play straight convincingly.

The writer, who is gay himself, wrote that Groff (pictured below with Glee and Spring Awakening co-star Lea Michele) seems like a “theater queen” on the popular Fox show.

Murphy takes Setoodeh, and the magazine itself, to task on several levels in a blistering open letter. Here is much of it:

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 blatant 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.

To read more go to GregInHollywood.com.

About Greg Hernandez

Greg Hernandez has written about the entertainment world for more than a decade. He is a veteran of covering many Academy Awards shows (plus Emmys, Grammys and Golden Globes) as well as film festivals, movie premieres and philanthropic events. Hernandez founded the popular Out In Hollywood blog while a writer and columnist for the "Los Angeles Daily News." He’s also a former staff writer at the "Los Angeles Times" and "The Hollywood Reporter" and has been a contributing writer to "The Advocate." Greg is the founder and editor of Greginhollywood.com

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8 Comments

  • May 11, 2010 | Permalink |

    Hellooooo
    Neil Patrick Harris? T.R. Knight? Both excellent actors who play straight amazingly well!

  • May 11, 2010 | Permalink |

    I find that your comparison (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.) detracts from your argument. Gay and lesbian actors ARE gay and lesbian. Minority actors ARE NOT domestics.

    A more accurate and convincing argument would compare gay and straight communities, not ethnic and sexual identities. Of course a talented gay actor can play straight characters convincingly, just as a talented straight actor can play gay characters without giving the audience pause.

    Just sayin’…

  • May 11, 2010 | Permalink |

    Hold the phone…didn’t Groff date Lea?

  • May 11, 2010 | Permalink |

    How is relegating gay people to gay roles the same as relegating minorities to domestic roles?

    It isn’t.

    I’m not saying I agree with the Newsweek writer, but your analogy makes no sense. Gay is what the actors are. Domestics are not the equivalent of minority. So, you argument falls apart.

  • May 11, 2010 | Permalink |

    One of the most ‘male’ actors, deemed extremely masculine was the legendary Rock Hudson. He alwasy played leading men.

  • May 11, 2010 | Permalink |

    HEY TARDS. I WAS JUST WATCHING THE EPISON AIRED ON 5/11 AND THE SCENE WHERE THE GUY IS IN THE DUMPSTER HAS THE WORDS ON THE DUMPSTER AS “WASTE MANAGMENT”. D O YOU THINK YOUR AUDIENCE IS STUPID????

  • May 11, 2010 | Permalink |

    If you’re a male actor associated with Glee in any way, you are gay.

    On a side note, I thought Tom Cruise was straight for years… He just won’t come out of that darn closet.

  • May 11, 2010 | Permalink |

    Christy Patton – What the hell are you talking about? Turn off your caps lock, work on your spelling and punctuation, and consider taking a remedial English course at the local community college.

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