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This Is Why We Love Cheno!

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After Newsweek's appalling article written by Ramin Setoodeh, that stated that gay actors can't pull off playing heterosexual, gay ally and all-around talented amazingness Kristin Chenoweth has commented on how "horrendously homophobic" the article was, saying:

As a longtime fan of Newsweek and as the actress currently starring opposite the incredibly talented (and sexy!) Sean Hayes in the Broadway revival of Promises, Promises, I was shocked on many levels to see Newsweek publishing Ramin Setoodeh’s horrendously homophobic 'Straight Jacket,' which argues that gay actors are simply unfit to play straight. From where I stand, on stage, with Hayes, every night — I’ve observed nothing 'wooden' or 'weird' in his performance, nor have I noticed the seemingly unwieldy presence of a 'pink elephant' in the Broadway Theater. (The Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Tony members must have also missed that large animal when nominating Hayes’ performance for its highest honors this year.)

I’d normally keep silent on such matters and write such small-minded viewpoints off as perhaps a blip in common sense. But the offense I take to this article, and your decision to publish it, is not really even related to my profession or my work with Hayes or Jonathan Groff (also singled out in the article as too 'queeny' to play 'straight.')

This article offends me because I am a human being, a woman and a Christian. For example, there was a time when Jewish actors had to change their names because anti-Semites thought no Jew could convincingly play Gentile. Setoodeh even goes so far as to justify his knee-jerk homophobic reaction to gay actors by accepting and endorsing that 'as viewers, we are molded by a society obsessed with dissecting sexuality, starting with the locker room torture in junior high school.' Really? We want to maintain and proliferate the same kind of bullying that makes children cry and in some recent cases have even taken their own lives? That’s so sad, Newsweek! The examples he provides (what scientists call 'selection bias') to prove his 'gays can’t play straight' hypothesis are sloppy in my opinion. Come on now!

Openly gay Groff is too 'queeny' to play Lea Michelle’s boyfriend in GLEE, but is a 'heartthrob' when he does it in Spring Awakening? Cynthia Nixon only 'got away with it' ’cause she peaked before coming out? I don’t know if you’ve missed the giant Sex and the City movie posters, but it seems most of America is 'buying it.' I could go on, but I assume these will be taken care of in your 'Corrections' this week.

Similarly, thousands of people have traveled from all over the world to enjoy Hayes’ performance and don’t seem to have one single issue with his sexuality! They have no problem buying him as a love-torn heterosexual man. Audiences aren’t giving a darn about who a person is sleeping with or his personal life. Give me a break! We’re actors first, whether we’re playing prostitutes, baseball players, or the Lion King. Audiences come to theater to go on a journey. It’s a character and it’s called acting, and I’d put Hayes and his brilliance up there with some of the greatest actors period.

Lastly, as someone who’s been proudly advocating for equal rights and supporting GLBT causes for as long as I can remember, I know how much it means to young people struggling with their sexuality to see out & proud actors like Sean Hayes, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris and Cynthia Nixon succeeding in their work without having to keep their sexuality a secret. No one needs to see a bigoted, factually inaccurate article that tells people who deviate from heterosexual norms that they can’t be open about who they are and still achieve their dreams. I am told on good authority that Mr. Setoodeh is a gay man himself and I would hope, as the author of this article, he would at least understand that. I encourage Newsweek to embrace stories which promote acceptance, love, unity and singing and dancing for all!

We couldn't have said it better ourselves!! We love, love, LOVE Cheno!

[Image via WENN.]

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68 comments to “This Is Why We Love Cheno!”

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  2. 2

    shes looking too thin, lollipop head thing going on

  3. JoeyW says – reply to this


    That woman has HIDEOUS legs!

  4. elo says – reply to this


    Confusing financial success and popularity with acting/emoting ability is a fabulous flaw, dream on girl and enjoy your prejudice against Hetero's.

  5. 5

    Reading this, actually brought tears to my eye. Kristin is my new hero!

  6. 6

    She is a class act. Love, love, love her!!

  7. 7

    How about the fact that some of Hollywood's leading men back in the earlier years were later found to closeted homosexuals? They were believable as leading men. Just because someone chooses to not live a lie does not discount their talent. Maybe it's just other people's inabilities to see past gay and see a talented person. No one said boo about the Rock doing children's movies when he used to be a muscle-bound wrestler, something completely out of his element. Why should it be any different from a homosexual playing a heterosexual? Welcome to the 21st century!

  8. 8

    Someone give that girl a Happy Meal - way too thin.

  9. 9

    You expect me to read all that?

  10. 10

    This website has become nothing but a soapbox for donkey face (Perez) to scream about Lady CaCa and gay rights. What the fuck happen to this place!!!

  11. 11

    Re: elo – You're an IDIOT!

  12. 12

    Saying she is prejudiced against Heteros is like saying integration puts down white people. What is with our obsession with hating on people for speaking out for human rights? Kristin is awesome; I'm not saying she's the most incredible person in the universe, but what she is saying is smart and timely.

  13. 13

    I can't believe ignorance like that article still exists. What is up with the scars on KC's legs?

  14. 14

    perfectly written, but as a former show-biz exec, I can personally attest to the fact that many gay actors ARE too queeny to play straight. when casting, we would say they're "a little light", but only narrow-minded Repubs and the crazy religious right cares about this kind of stuff nowadays, so the writer of the article - gay or not - should just go fuck themselves.

  15. 15

    totally awesome letter…she speaks the truth.

  16. 16

    Evidently freedom of speech is only for asshole flamers.

  17. 17

    Well written, she's a great lady!

  18. 18

    'Newsweek' has debt all over the place, no cash, no lenders and no buyers. It's publishing outlandish story after over-the-top article in a desperate play at salvaging something. If there is a next cover, it'll be the Lohans return to school.

  19. 19

    Go Kristen Chenoweth! She is so awesome!

  20. 20

    It's well written, but I suspect someone else wrote it for her!!!

  21. 21

    i like her but her head is crazy huge

  22. 22

    That is a bit long for your website, perez. But well said Kristen. I briefly had an encounter with her a few weeks ago, I mean she barely looked up. She was cute but way to thin. Much thinner then when I saw her a few years ago. I took a photo of her and you can see that vain on her far head. Oh well she is still a go entertainer and a fun personality.

  23. 23

    love her! That letter was appalling, happy she spoke out against it!

  24. 24

    Amen sister! I'm so glad she wrote this - and can't believe Newsweek published an article like that -

  25. 25

    Oh please. You would praise Satan himself if he came up from the gates of hell and had something kind to say about gay people. You are the most judgemental, critical insensitive SOB on the face of the Earth. You are also the most hypocritical and transparent.

  26. 26

    eating disorder.

  27. 27

    Love, love, love KC. She is an amazing role model.

    If Groff is too "queeny" in Glee, it's only because his character is a drama queen. He's SUPPOSED to be that way! He's an incredible actor and can do anything, straight or gay. And NPH plays a straight man on HIMYM every week, and he does an incredible job. I think Sue Sylvester calls him a "sneaky gay" because he's such a convincing actor.

  28. 28

    WTF! did she get dragged behind a car or something? What's with those legs.

  29. 29

    I only wish I had a subscription to Newsweek, so that I could cancel it. Irresponsible journalism. Reminds me of Don Imus and his nappy headed hoes comment. Heads rolled after that comment. There was a public outcry. This homophobe may just get a pat on the back. Prejudice much?

  30. 30

    Gosh…put some makeup on your legs girl!

  31. 31

    Kristen said it perfectly. Now if only more heterosexual celebrities would open a can on Newsweek for being so moronic. I really don't think this would have been posted if people over there were accurately paying attention. They are FAR too good of a magazine to let something like this happen. At least I thought they were…

  32. 32

    Newsweek sucks anymore anyway. I have cancelled my subscription. They can kiss it. Poor Hayes only came out a little while ago, and it really bugs me that morons like this would rather shove people back in the closet. Why can't we just embrace our differences? Thank you Miss C for a well written letter.

  33. VGirl says – reply to this


    I didn't read this (too long and no time for that) but I read the other article….I understand how unfair it is and I'm not defending the fact…However, IDK but the journalist of the original article may just be reporting the fact, maybe he just noticed that it is easier for gay females to fet jobs compared to gay males….even thoug we all think it's unfair maybe that's a reality and he was just writing on the fact, maybe he doesn't think that way (again IDK) and let's face it it is rare to see an openly gay men to act in a movie as a heterosexual…. I think is changing though thanks to people who have the oportunity to…just as NPH

  34. 34

    What is with those leggs .Flee bites ,picking ?

  35. 35

    Call me crazy but i don't think Hollywood chicks want to make out with Openly gay actors. There's nothing like knowing the guy your kissing had a cock in his mouth and wiped the cum off his face the night before to throw you off your game.

  36. 36

    thank you so much for your beautifully written letter!
    it touched my heart.
    i feel that understanding and love is the way in all matters, and this is a shinning example of a woman that not only comes from a place of love and understanding, but takes it to the next level, by not turning her head and standing back at injustice for others…
    may love and peace fill your world forever……

  37. 37

    Re: TampopoLoco – Now really! Why would that bother an actress? Most of them would have had a cock in their mouths that morning, and if not, the night before. Get real. You are a moron.

  38. 38

    Neil Patrick Harris is gay? Barney Stinsten? Oh big whoop so somebody is gay they are still a person right?

  39. 39

    I am afraid that I have to agree with Newsweek on this one, at least in regard to Jonathan Groff. I saw him on Glee and after watching him for just a couple of minutes I found his feminine mannerisms to be so distracting that I couldn't watch anymore. Why did they choose such a swishy actor to play the part of a heterosexual man? There are so many talented actors out there, both straight and gay, who could have made this role so much more believable. Unfortunately Jonathon Groff is not an actor who can convincingly play a hetero character.

  40. 40

    First of all, i can not stand homophobes, it disgusts me. I don't tihnk people realize that regardless of your sexuality we are all still human beings. We breathe the same air, have the same blood going through our veins and organs within our body and our sexual orientation should never be regarded as an area of judgement by anybody. And I can say this as a straight woman. I've seen Jonothan Groff in both Spring Awakening and Glee and first off, from the sounds of it this reporter doesn't know his ass from his elbow. As Melchoir he was nothing short of brilliant in portraying the newly sexually awakened man who loves Wendla and the whole theme of glee is that everything is overly dramatic, ( have you met the brilliant Rachel Berry?!) and this douche doesn;t get the fact that Jesse is supposed to be this way. An actors sexuality has nothing to do with his performance and this douche of a reporter should take of his homophobe-tinted glasses off.

  41. 41

    Too bad her legs caught fire and someone put the fire out with a bag of nickles

  42. 42

    SOOOO happy to read something like this getting national press. :-) Rock on, Kristen!

  43. 43

    In certain instances it's true like Neil Patrick Harris playing a womanizer on his TV show, he couldn't seem more gay, he just can't pull straight off, but there are plenty of gay actors who can. It's silly to get her panties in a bunch though it's just one guys opinion, and last I heard we are all entitled to one.

  44. 44

    Gay people have successfully played heterosexuals for eons, on screen, stage, and real life. Mr. Setoodeh appears ignorant in the extreme.

  45. 45

    Re: TampopoLoco – Excellent point.

  46. 46

    As an entertainer you are an angel, as a spokesperson, you are a saint! I am talking about KC……..

  47. Suze says – reply to this


    ITA with her!

  48. 48

    absoultey amazing!

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    Re: JoeyW – lol that was the first thing I noticed about this blog lol.

  50. JssKa says – reply to this


    Well said KC.
    Cynthia Nixon was acceptable because she peaked before letting the world know she was gay??? What kind of garbage is that?! If she was a lesbian and we didn't know than isn't that the point?! I think its ridiculous that it even has to be a PEOPLE cover story when someone says they are gay that should be able to just "be" who ever they are and love who they love without being judged or making some sort outrageous headline for the bored & judgmental. I personally think NPH does a hell of a job as a womanizer on HIMYM and was a little surprised when I found out Jonathon Groff was gay. James Dean is all I'm sayin…

  51. 51

    My legs look like hers. I pruned my bougainvilleas over the weekend and got really scratched up!

    Good for her for writing the letter! You go girl!!

  52. 52

    I"m sorry, I can't get past how cut up her legs are in this pic. What the hell could all that be from? Did Edward Scissorhands shave her legs?

  53. 53

    Talented, nice lady. But something about her performances are so annoying .. especially on Glee.
    However, good for her for slamming Ramin Setoodeh's hideous Newsweek article. I too am a fan of that magazine, but his article was downright embarrassing in its blatant homophobia.
    Shame on Newsweek for publishing it.

  54. 54

    Kristin, Jews ran all the freaking Hollywood studios! What's with the fake antiSemite crap? Who are you trying to please?

  55. 55

    What is up with her legs? Those bruises (if that's what they are) are probably from her not having enough muscle/fat on her body…. she should be more concerned about that than looking like a stick.

  56. 56

    Her legs are cut and have scars b/c theatre is a rough business. You work with a bright light on you and in the beginning, can't see all that can be in your way. One wrong step and you are falling on wooden platforms, running into tables, tripping on wires not taped down. Also it's pitch black in the wings and easy to run into prop tables and sets.

  57. 57

    Way too much to read. She rocks Broadway

  58. 58

    "I am told on good authority that Mr. Setoodeh is a gay man himself"

    oooohhhhh! BURN! HAHA!

    this guy must be a very unhappy gay or a self-loather to take his misery out on other gays.

    i suspect he had a hard time being accepted by some people, maybe his family, and just doesn't want other people to have an easier time that he did or he's jealous when other people come out with little difficulty.

  59. 59

    I saw a blind article in the NY Post that had her being a closeted Lesbian…not that there's anything wrong with that but maybe its why she's so passionate about it. Good for her but she should come out.

  60. 60

    LOVE HER! Since when is Newsweek some moron's blog?

  61. 61

    I love love love her!!!!

  62. @v@ says – reply to this


    People have tried to put other people or groupings of people into little boxes since time immemorial; African Americans, Jews, Women, Gays, Religious denominations. Is this even homophobia? I'm not so sure. Categorizing things and people into little boxes helps the human mind try to make black and white sense of naturally occurring grey areas. His view is simplistic, but it does tie a ribbon around something in Setoodah's eyes, I guess. Besides, his article is editorializing, not reporting, so it doesn't make it any kind of a fact.

  63. @v@ says – reply to this


    This personal theory put forth by Ramin Setoodah is just that; and it doesn't meet the litmus test when you do your homework. I searched famous gay actors/actresses, and it's just not an accurate theory. Not one woman (not in the know) in America would have thought Rock Hudson gay. He was the suave, sexy womanizer who always got the girl. There are dozens more on those lists who mesmerized as hetero actors/actresses without a blip of gaydar going off on the general populace. This statement must be a personal belief of his, kind of like a Glenn Beck huh? pronouncement. It does promote discussion, but saying that a gay can't play a straight with believability is nonsense, and there's plenty of proof.

  64. pj88 says – reply to this


    Love Cheno… she just keeps getting better and better…

  65. 65

    I am so tired of these stars being gay icons.Is it because they want an excuse to have more fans? Why can't they just be about who they are? Why do they have to keep pushing the gay thing?

  66. 66

    Kristin is so fabulous. It was a terrible article by newsweek, and thank you Kristin for coming to the rescue. Very well done.
    And I just have a few things to say to the haters.
    Someone mentioned all perez talks about is gays and lady gaga. and how terrible this website is……and how this article is anti-hetero.

    heavens….people…if you believe that, why the HELL ARE YOU READING PEREZ? that puzzles me..

  67. 67

    Cheno hit it right on the mark. The hack who wrote this article for Newsweek is a raging homophobe as well as being appallingly ignorant. I think this guy's bosses ought to toss him out on his ass with NO severance pay whatsoever!

  68. 68

    Re: belinda bell – perhaps "being who they are" is being someone who supports the gay community and their friends and colleagues who are openly gay or feel the need to stay closeted because of bigotry - like to views expressed by Ramin Setoodeh. No one is "pushing the gay thing". They are trying to stop the gay community - particularly in acting- from being pushed back in the closet.