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YES!

Ryan Murphy, the creator of Glee, is calling for a Newsweek boycott until the publication apologizes for the controversial, homophobic article by Ramin Setoodeh that basically stated gay actors should not be playing straight characters!

He wrote an open letter to speak out against the article:

“I would like to join my good friend Kristin Chenoweth on her condemnation of a recent Newsweek article written by Mr. Ramin Setoodeh, in which Setoodeh basically says that out gay actors should go back into the closet and never attempt to play straight characters. 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.

"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themselves as “queeny” people (a word used by Setoodeh in the article) who stand at the back of the bus and embrace an outdated decades old stereotype.

"Mr. Setoodeh has recently Twittered that he is a fan of Glee, the show I co-created with Ian Brennan and Brad Falchuk…the show on which Mr. Groff plays the straight love interest to Lea Michele, a casting choice embraced by fans and critics alike which Mr. Setoodeh has taken issue with.

"I extend an open invitation to Mr. Setoodeh to come to the writers room of our show, and perhaps pay a set visit. Hopefully then he can see how we take care to do a show about inclusiveness…a show that encourages all viewers no matter what their sexual orientation to go after their hopes and dreams and not be pigeonholed by dated and harmful rhetoric…rhetoric he sadly spews and believes in. Hopefully, some of the love we attempt to spread will rub off on Mr. Setoodeh — a gay man deeply in need of some education — and he not only apologizes to those he has deeply offended but pauses before he picks up his poison pen again to work through the issues of his own self loathing. 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.

Ryan“

Ohhhh, SNAP!

We couldn't agree more and we're so thrilled that so many people have taken such an aggressive stance against this article!

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50 comments to “Glee Creator Ryan Murphy, On Newsweek Article”



  1. 1

    Ryan,
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    Don't sweat it! The good news is no one reads Newsweek anyway.
    It's like reading the NY Times or tuning in to MSNBC. No audience.
    -
    Now, if Rush Limbaugh said it on his radio show, now that's news and up to 15 million people heard it.



  2. 2

    Amen! Newsweek should be ashamed that they even allowed that article to be published!



  3. 3

    I agree with Mr. Murphy, and I am not going to renew my Newsweek subscription. It lapses soon anyway. The damn thing sucks these days lately as it is, but this article was so dumb I can't even say how annoying it was. You know there are plenty of heterosexual people that really can't play the character they are supposed to play and I believe that is because they just stink or they aren't hot. Perhaps it has nothing to do with their being gay.



  4. 4

    I found his comment
    "[black] actors should only be allowed and encouraged to play domestics? I think not"

    to be JUST as offensive as the original homophobic comments. Besides that, it's an illogical analogy or worse yet, a racist one.



  5. 5

    I saw Ramin Setoodeh on Joy Behar last night, and he didn't seem like the asshole he came off as in the article. He's very openly gay; I just think that article is very foolish and misguided. What I take away from the whole thing is that Sean Hayes isn't the world's greatest actor, but he is a very likable actor, and Ramin Setoodeh was looking for a reason to pan his performance, and came up with this foolish supposition that gay actors can convincingly play straight which probably sounded less harsh to him than the truth: Sean Hayes isn't a good actor.



  6. 6

    Setoodeh is such a bastard. Acting is portraying a different person's life. Jonathan Groff is also so fine he can be any sexuality and still be in my fantasies.



  7. 7

    OH my gosh. Gay people are so dramatic.



  8. 8

    What a bastard!
    Jonathan Groff is so fine that he will be in fantasies my no matter what sexuality he is.



  9. 9

    COME ON, BLIND PEOPLE! Sean Hayes is no more convincing as a straight man than the man in the moon! The Newsweek article is right on the money! It's hilarious to watch Sean attempt to play straight. FACTS OR FACTS.

    Love watching gays attack other gays!! LOL



  10. 10

    yeah, i cant recall the last time i ACTUALLY SAW a newsweek on a news stand…



  11. 11

    regardless of what was said, the man had an opinion, and he stated it, so what? mario you do it all the time and get pissed if people dont agree….



  12. 12

    Re: amaplay – Err…how so? He was making a point which was: Newsweek would never allow an article that said a minority (which by the way, does not mean 'black' exclusively but includes them) should only play domestics. Which Newsweek wouldn't, because it's discrimination. JUST like the discrimination the gays were facing.

    You either have a very low reading comprehension or are just looking for a fight.



  13. 13

    Re: JigSaw – Location location location. Perez is spewing his vitriol on his OWN blog - which means that you and EVERYONE else comes here explicitly to hear his opinions, asshole. The blog represents him and his thoughts on matters, period. If Setoodeh wrote that on his own blog, people still probably wouldn't like it, but the backlash would be much smaller. Because by publishing the article Newsweek was endorsing it. Adopting Setoodeh's remarkably homophobic beliefs.

    I dunno is Setoodeh is a self-hating gay man or just a shitty writer. Because I've heard his contractions and his arguments but the fact is what he wrote was homophobic. What he MEANT to write might not have been, but what he wrote was.

  14. elo says – reply to this


    14

    An article critical of acting ability is not at all homophobic, to assume that all criticisms that in some way can be related to homosexuality are fear based is as silly as believing in the tooth fairy.



  15. 15

    Re: amaplay – all he said was that it would be considered bigoted to say only minorities should play domestics, and it should also be considered bigoted to say all gays are obvious and they can't convincingly play straight. they are both stereotypes…

  16. Lene says – reply to this


    16

    KEEP GROFF! He and Lea Michele have so much chemistry. DON'T WAIST IT!

    St.Berry forever



  17. 17

    Have you even read the original article? It isn't homophobic at all, he was simply trying to start a conversation about how there aren't that many leading men who can play the parts that George Clooney or Brad Pitt. It was more a commentary on our societal norms than anything else. Perez you so easily jump on the band wagon when anyone makes the slightest comment about the gay community. Maybe you should try listening to other points of view for a change. Rupert Everett has basically said that exact same thing himself. If you don't like the truth or provacative questions aimed at your community, maybe you should turn the harsh commentary inwards.



  18. 18

    Actors are there to re-created any character… Why is so hard to understand …. Regardless who they are in their own personal life , That's all !



  19. 19

    I am surprised that this writer did not mention Queen Latifah and her new movie as unplausible. What a jerk!



  20. 20

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    pretty clear that this clown, like Perez, didn't actually READ the article
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    Setoodeh is right - if Clooney came out of the closet he would never be a leading man again
    -



  21. 21

    Re: philly2000 – No, Setoodeh is just a shitty writer. I read what he wrote. It was definitely homophobic. It probably didn't well represent the idea he wanted to get across, though. But as a professional writer, he has no one to blame but himself. He needs to make sure his message is clear in his works, and because it wasn't in this one, he's getting all this slack.



  22. 22

    If you read the whole article-as opposed to the Perez edited one-Setoodeh isn't saying "gay actors cannot play straight parts" he is saying "WHY can't gay actors play straight parts?"-as in what social and business barriers are put in the way to prevent good actors from getting/executing roles? He references "color-blind casting" which has made it possible for the best actor, regardless of race, to be eligible for a part, but Setoodeh questions why no such system has been put in place to give gay actors the same opportunity. Equally, by bringing up Sean Hayes performance in Promises, Promises-aside from his own critique of the performance-he seems to be saying that the performance is hindered by societies perception of Sean as a gay man first and an actor second. Setoodeh, as evident from his responses to the backlash he has faced, is a proponent of the gay community, being gay himself, and is not trying to keep good actors closeted.

  23. fiona says – reply to this


    23

    I loved Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback. However, I don't find him convincing as a macho hero, so will not see Prince of Persia.
    I don't want to see Ellen play Scarlett O'Hara.
    It is just a fact that there is no chemistry when gays play straight.
    But I am sure they will always have an audience.



  24. 24

    This is taken way too fucking far and is becoming annoying. It's funny how freedom of speech is embraced up until certain communities, ethnic groups etc. become offended. Fuck off! The guy is entitled to an opinion. I am not a homophobe. I do not agree with the article but I think this whole thing is blown out of proportion and people need to calm the fuck down. Had he said it the other way around, I don't think you'd have the same uproar from the "straight community". I'd buy a million copies of Newsweek if I had the money.

  25. KMK2U says – reply to this


    25

    Hey "AMAPLAY" !

    YOU, actually changed the word "minority" into black. Thanks for the square brackets which Wiki defines as the following:

    Square brackets (called simply brackets in American usage) are mainly used to enclose explanatory or missing material usually added by someone other than the original author, especially in quoted text.

    Here's what your comment was:

    I found his comment "[black] actors should only be allowed and encouraged to play domestics? I think not" to be JUST as offensive as the original homophobic comments. Besides that, it's an illogical analogy or worse yet, a racist one.

    Didn't your comment, in your "brackets", actually ENCOURAGE racism? I mean, based on the aforementioned definition of brackets, you could have CHOSEN to take a different path…….right?

    JUST A THOUGHT!



  26. 26

    stupid gay people …the author is right..you could make a case why he is offbase a bit but not you just say he is wrong and a homophobe…. NO ONE wants to watch a wispy gay man in the movie pretending to love a woman…all you think about is that he is not interested…and yes it is ok for a straight man to play gay because i think there is a little gay in all guys - :-) -…so that is convincing to me…but a 100% gay, queeny gay man is just not convincing to watch and really distracts from the movie…this is not a put down…just reality…

  27. KMK2U says – reply to this


    27

    Re: KMK2U – and BTW, I'm not Gay, but would deal with it if I was. I just happen to hate racism…it's soooo needless. I'm sorry my old ancestors treated you like they did. Oh wait, I'm Check/Bohemian and we all grew up in Chi-town, so NO even MY ancestors didn't treat you wrong. But IF they had, I would still have the same reasoning.
    IT WASN'T ME. LET IT GO. CAN'T WE ALL JUST BE FRIENDS?

  28. KMK2U says – reply to this


    28

    Re: KMK2U – and BTW, I'm not Gay, but would deal with it if I was. I just happen to hate racism…it's soooo needless. I'm sorry my old ancestors treated you like they did. Oh wait, I'm Check/Bohemian and we all grew up in Chi-town, so NO even MY ancestors didn't treat you wrong. But IF they had, I would still have the same reasoning.
    IT WASN'T ME. LET IT GO. CAN'T WE ALL JUST BE FRIENDS?Re: nyalan



  29. 29

    Re: renkae – Except for the fact that the last line of his article states his thesis word for word. what more do you want? so much for tolerance. let's label him a homophobe and burn him at the figurative stake.



  30. 30

    nyalan says –

    stupid gay people …the author is right..you could make a case why he is offbase a bit but not you just say he is wrong and a homophobe…. NO ONE wants to watch a wispy gay man in the movie pretending to love a woman…all you think about is that he is not interested…and yes it is ok for a straight man to play gay because i think there is a little gay in all guys - -…so that is convincing to me…but a 100% gay, queeny gay man is just not convincing to watch and really distracts from the movie…this is not a put down…just

    ^^ He says while getting gang-banged in a sling. :)



  31. 31

    Sure the article was badly written…but it had some truth….How ironic that those who screech for equal rights are always the least tolerant of free speech…the most valuable equal right….



  32. 32

    sure rock and monty can play straight…but they were also "masculine" gays…something most feminine queens try to deny exists…



  33. 33

    Oh boy, more gay hypocrisy! Perez just loves to tell every gay to "come out of the closet" and scream their gayness to the four corners. But should one gay person express a personal opinion that he doesn't agree with, then hang him from the rafters! Funny how no one in the world is allowed an opinion unless it matches yours huh Perez? Douche



  34. 34

    Well it's no more than right. The argument that gay actors shouldn't play straight roles (but the other way around is ok?) is the most rediculous thing I've ever heard.

    They're ACTORS, that's what they DO.. ACT!!! It's like telling a poor actor she can't play a role in which the character is rich because it's not believable? Rediculous beyond belief. Homophobes need get a reality check, life is not about restricting people, if Ramin Setoodeh can't stand the thought of gay actors playing whatever role they might get (including straight ones) then he should get out of the business and ask himself where this attitude comes from, ’cause it's not healthy.



  35. 35

    Ever heard of free speech? I guess Newsweek should just publish what Ryan Murphy agrees to? You belong on Nazi Germany no America tool.



  36. 36

    wow. Completely agree. You know who else played straight and did it well: T.R Knight. I LOVED him in Grey's and I didn't even KNOW he was gay, until the big controversy.
    late

    -Billy



  37. 37

    Wow. Perez, Kristen Chenoweth, and now Ryan Murphy have grossly misinterpreted his article to overly simplified terms. Mr. Setoodeh is NOT a homophobe in the least of respects. He was merely trying to facilitate a discussion about society's perceptions about gay actors. You know, Perez, you are such a hypocrite. You act all righteous in these kind of these things, without the intelligence to understand what the article is actually saying. It's people like YOU who are perpetuating the "gay" issue as taboo. Don't you realize that dialogue is the key to progress if we wish to change people's perception? I'm extremely disappointed with Ms. Chenoweth and Mr. Murphy - people who I respect - to oversimplify this article. Please realize that this only perpetuates the exact goal of homophobes: to prevent an honest and intellectual discussion.



  38. 38

    Re: JigSaw – First, HOWDY! Long time, no post….nice to see you here. Secondly, Setoodeh's opinion deserved stern rebuke which it seems he has begun to receive in spades. In his own words while defending his article he indicated he wanted to 'begin a dialogue' so he best be prepared to take it like a man.
    =
    Regarding Newsweek, as a publishing insider I can cast aside speculation they are attempting to neo-con it up to facilitate their purchase but I can't cast aside their responsibility for and consequences of their published content. They would have never published an editorial based on the the premise of, let's say, 'minorities should only portray domestic workers on stage because I saw one play were I did not like the black lady's performance as leading lady.' However, were they short sighted enough to, they would have similar hell to pay.



  39. 39

    Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing in America. Unless of course you offend gays-liberals-blacks-women-midgets-3 legged dogs-democrats-commies-illegal immigrants-mommalook octaroon Obama-fat people-skinny people-old people-young people-the fruit that runs this website-and anything else the liberal media douchebags don't like. Then you can't say crap.



  40. 40

    RYAN ROCKS!



  41. 41

    Re: londonrules33 – I'd have say the problems are Setoodeh's not his critics. It was his opinion and self-created issue taken with Hayes performance. It's his problem if he only looks at the world through the filter of a young, self-important gay man. It's his problem if he can't evaluate theatre or even television any more objectively then he has in his Newsweek article. And most telling of all, it's his problem he's a such a poor writer he had to write a second article to explain what seems to be commonly misunderstood in his first essay.



  42. 42

    Because it's not stereotypical and caricature-ish to love Madonna and bitch about everything being homophobic when you're gay….



  43. 43

    well done!

  44. rev3 says – reply to this


    44

    what?!

    is everyone living under a rock?

    the author is RIGHT ON with this article.

    be objective and comprehend what he has written

    BRAVO!



  45. 45

    im not against gay people & im not gonna march in a crowd for them either, what ppl do sexually is their own damn business so dont throw your oppinions down my throat & i wont slam u with mine..i do think its funny though how they always compare homophobic comments to racism..guess thats the most convenient comparison though..hmm



  46. 46

    Re: b a t k i s s – hey…. not saying he doesnt need to be dealt with, but my point was it was his opinion, which he is allowed to have, not saying i agree with him, nor was should it of been published….



  47. 47

    All I am going to say is this… Rock Hudson!

  48. @v@ says – reply to this


    48

    Perez censors.
    Agenda? Pffft.



  49. 49

    I whole-heartly agree…Loves it!



  50. 50

    Hear, hear!