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More On The Homophobic Newsweek Article!

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First it was Cheno and now Cheyenne Jackson and Michael Urie are calling out Newsweek writer Ramin Setoodeh who criticized gay actors playing straight characters!

Both actors attended the talk-back Monday night of off-Broadway play The Temperamentals and spoke out about the article. Jackson said:

“It was infuriating on so many levels. Not only does [Setoodeh] say that a gay man can't play straight, he got personal, picking on Sean Hayes in Promises, Promises, [pointing out] certain scenes where he thinks [Sean] is stiff and uncomfortable. And then he picks on Jonathan Groff, who just came out. He's a young teen heartthrob [in Glee]. He's so talented and so delicious and needs our love and support. Instead, [Setoodeh] says he's not believable at all. It was very veiled self-loathing. Really upsetting.

Every time we go forward, some asshole like this takes us back a bit. I was really glad that Kristin Chenoweth wrote what she did [in defense of her Promises, Promises costar Sean Hayes and other openly gay actors]. She sent it to me before it went out and about. I was very proud of her. For me to stand up and say, 'Fuck you,' that's what you'd expect. But for someone like Kristin, she stands up for what she believes in and is very committed.”

YES! And Michael Urie chimed in as well to say:

“Look, I'm not from fucking Vienna. We're all actors, and the audiences get it. When I saw Sean Hayes in Promises, Promises, it was a full house and everyone was completely in love with him. And I saw it at a Wednesday matinee full of tourists. They've all seen Sean in Will & Grace, and they loved him and believed in his relationship with Kristin. It worked.

And to attack, to quote Ugly Betty, someone [like Groff] recently 'hatched from the gay egg' is unconscionable and he should be strung [up]. [Groff] made everyone want him in Spring Awakening. And Cheyenne was fucking Elvis in All Shook Up. He was sexy and hot. He's always playing straight. And people buy tickets to see him. No straight critics accuse Sean Penn of not being able to play Harvey Milk or [criticize] Tom Hanks in Philadelphia.”

Cheyenne added:

That's because when straight actors play gay, they're so 'brave.' Why is it so fucking 'brave'? It's a part and he's a good actor. I hope we can get to the day where the best actor gets the part. End of story.”

WOWSA! We couldn't have said it better ourselves!

Who else is going to speak up?!

[Image via WENN.]

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34 comments to “More On The Homophobic Newsweek Article!”

  1. 1

    Rock Hudson = Silver Screen Heart throb

  2. 2

    Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon = comedic trannies

  3. 3

    who the fuck are these gaywads?

  4. 4

    Tab Hunter = Silver Screen heart throb

  5. 5

    no one cares

  6. 6

    Jon Voigt = Academy award nominee gay hustler

  7. 7

    Anne Heche = swings both ways

  8. 8

    Good actor = Good actor

  9. 9

    Let me just say, I didn't even know until all this came out that Jonathan Groff was gay. I just thought he was a sexy talented guy. So there Ramin Setoodeh. Setoodeh can kiss my ass. Also, I thought this,
    ”That's because when straight actors play gay, they're so 'brave.' Why is it so fucking 'brave'? It's a part and he's a good actor."
    was a really good point.

  10. 10

    Fuck that writer homophobic piece of shit. Straight actors shouldn't be heralded for being "brave" to play someone who is gay. Fucking ridiculous.

  11. 11

    And Alan Cumming is a bad ass in "Good Wife". You can play the role, the audience generally doesn't know/doesn't care as long as your good in it. Anyone at the time reel from Rock Hudson films?

  12. 12

    You could not have said it better, Perez, since you can't write a whole sentence without contradicting yourself.

  13. 13

    I have to agree with Newsweek on this one. While there are certain gay actors (Cheyenne Jackson for example) who can play straight characters, there are others who cannot convincingly play a straight character. Jonathan Groff from Glee, for example, is not convincing as a straight romantic lead. His mannerisms, expressions and voice instantly give him away. When I saw him on Glee I had to wonder how he even got the part of a straight character. Maybe he is not as good an actor as Cheyenne Jackson; he certainly is not successful playing a straight character on Glee. I haven't seen Sean Hayes in Promises, Promises but maybe the Newsweek writer is just saying that Hayes was not able to do a good job of playing a straight romantic lead. In fact the only role I have seen Sean Hayes in other than his Will and Grace role was when he was in the Cat in the Hat movie and he was very effeminate in that role. Maybe the Newsweek writer is correct about Sean Hayes after all!

  14. 14

    Michael Slezak also makes a good point on Entertainment Weekly's website. He talks about how no one questioned Angelina Jolie's performance in Changeling because she wasn't distraught over the loss of her real son. And so on. Acting is acting. If you are looking at the actor on stage and not thinking of the character they are playing, that's your problem.

  15. 15

    GROFF IS SEXY AS HELL in spring awakening anyway. Gorg! EQUAL RIGHTS!!!

  16. 16

    Ugh I love Michael! I hope he finds success outside of Ugly Betty :-(

  17. 17

    I thought the same thing as Cheyenne about Ramin Setoodeh: Internalized self loathing. I hope Ramin, who is allegedly gay, gets some good therapy, as it is not easy being a fully functioning homosexual.

  18. 18

    While some gay actors may not be entirely believable in straight roles, the reverse is also true. For Newsweek to write such a pointless article in the first place, nonetheless such a clearly biased article is truly disappointing. So much for respectable "news" magazine. Another once credible source turning tabloid. Sad.

  19. 19

    Those that don't frequent Broadway or fashion shows don't give a rat's ass.

  20. 20

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the both of them!! and LOVE cheno too! this guy is an ass - he'll get his one day!

  21. 21

    Neil Patrick Harris and Jonathan Groff are completely believeable playing straight characters as were Montgomery Clift and Rock Hudson in the 1950s. There are plenty of closeted actors that we don't know about who play straight.

  22. @v@ says – reply to this


    Portia de Rossi - 'hot' to straight guys on Ally McBeal

  23. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: JohnnyD – That is too funny. Is the AV a reference to the walk on water thing? ROFL. Made my day.

  24. 24

    Mindsets such as Setoodeh sets us back to the stone ages…REally in 2010? We're still dealing with such ignorance…so sad….

  25. 25


    "OMG We're gay, he said we can't act wahhhh" then "he should be STRUNG UP"??


    well played you morons.

  26. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: JohnnyD – Erudite comment.

  27. 27

    I agree with Newsweek. Nothing against gays but, for me, its not believable to watch a gay person in a hetero romantic role. Sorry! I think NPH is a great actor and really like him but I saw him in some romantic made for TV movie and it just didn't work.

  28. 28

    Re: bumtwat69 – totally was gonna say the same thing. seems this guy is specifically looking for something cuz i had no idea that guy was gay. in fact i was thinking what a good actor he is.

  29. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: f*ckoff – Not exactly. He said that SOME gays can't act convincingly in straight parts.

  30. 30

    Aren't journalists allowed to have their own opinions? Why is it that the gay community can't handle other's opinions when they don't resemble their own opinions. Perez basically rips apart and trashes all none gays on this site, and whenever anyone makes a comment like this guy the gay community goes into mourning…..try proving people wrong instead of keeping with gay stereotypes if you people would like to earn our respect.

  31. 31

    The gay community need to toughen the hell up. The journalist and Newsweek have a right to voice any opinion they wish - gays do their ’cause' no good by squealing all over town when someone doesn't put them up on a pedestal. Get over it - move on. Not everyone has to agree with you all the time.

  32. 32

    I don't agree with that article at all. Neil Patrick Harris sure has hell plays a convincing straight man.

    Though I will say when a straight woman plays a lesbian it's forced and it's a ratings/attention grab attempt only.

  33. 33

    Neil Patrick Harris and Jonathan Groff Are Great Actors
    I Have To Keep Reminding Myself
    "They're Playing On Our Team,They're Playing On Our Team!"

  34. 34