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Ryan Murphy Is Our Hero!

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Ryan Murphy, the creator of Glee, has already written an open letter discussing the vicious and homophobic article in Newsweek magazine that asserted that gay actors are incapable of successfully portraying a heterosexual character.

He has just released a second follow-up letter, and basically proves what a decent, stand-up guy he is!

He writes:

I want to issue a personal thank you to GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios, writer/director Dustin Lance Black and countless others who have joined me in condemning Newsweek magazine and asking for an apology for their recent article ‘Straight Jacket,’ a hurtful bigoted diatribe in which they basically asserted that gay actors should not play straight roles because they are not “believable.” So far, Newsweek magazine has declined to issue an apology, other than to say they are big fans of the show I co-created, Glee — even the straight dudes around the Newsweek offices. I say thanks for your support, however glib, and continue — with many others offended by the article — to wait for a more substantial articulate response.

But in better more constructive news: Ramin Setoodeh, the author of the article, reached out to me today and accepted my offer to sit with myself and the writers of GleeBrad Falchuk and Ian Brennan — to discuss not only why we found the piece so offensive, but also to observe our creative process and see how we construct a TV show dedicated exclusively to the idea of inclusiveness and acceptance for all — ideas solely absent in his ‘Straight Jacket’ article.

Along with inviting him into our Glee writers room, I will also let him observe our casting process…so he can witness first hand — and speak to — actors who audition for our show and who are already series regulars — actors who are encouraged to read for ALL roles, no matter what their sexual orientation, color or gender. Who cares who you are or who you sleep with — men, women, sheep — frankly, it’s none of our business or concern. The actor with the best audition should get the part. On Glee, straight actors play gay roles, gay actors play straight roles and no one is discriminated against. I hope observing this process firsthand — and talking with our cast — will be illuminating to Mr. Setoodeh, and inform his future journalistic endeavors.

In my telephone conversation with him, Mr. Setoodeh mentioned how he feels cornered, misunderstood and unfairly attacked. I look forward to hearing his reasons for writing the article, and will of course listen with an open heart and mind. Vicious anonymous attacks — which Mr. Setoodeh feels he has been subjected to over the past two days — aren’t cool or acceptable, and get us no where. What DOES move the ball forward is education and a fair and open dialogue, and I want Mr. Setoodeh to know that all of us at Glee are committed to that, and encourage it.


What an unbelievably smart and fair plan of attack!

We applaud you for keeping your cool and standing your ground, Ryan and company!

Hopefully, the other parties involved will follow suit and treat you with the same respect and openness you have given them!

Equality for ALL!

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34 comments to “Ryan Murphy Is Our Hero!”

  1. 1

    Ryan Murphy just gets cooler by the day.

  2. 2

    Fuck you Perez.
    If this guy started bashing the 'Gay Community' You would go apeshit.
    I have no problem with people being gay, But I'm Catholic. And for you to go and bash the pope like you did on the post about him, that is totally not fair. He's just saying what he believes, the way you say 'OH HES MY HERO. HE SPOKE UP FOR THE GAY COMMUNITY.' I have friends who are gay, and I tell them how I feel, none of them go fucking crazy like you. YOU HYPOCRITE.

  3. 3

    Intelligant and Mature letter.. well done.

  4. buck says – reply to this


    Hey Hilton, why aren't you putting this shit on GayPerezHilton.com and leave this for celebrity gossip as advertised?

  5. 5

    *Yawn*. Your agenda will fail like everything else you back.

  6. 6

    i dont understand the anger. do you really care or believe that "flambointly(sp) gay dudes act the same as straight ones? yes there are millions of gay people where you would never know, and some flam*&%&^) folks that are straight. but seriously..I think the article was critical of the acting and had nothing against sexuality. and no ridiculous oportunity scream gay basher.
    fact is if the actor was giving a major gay vibe playing a staight person. it doesn't work. isnt that what he was saying????

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  8. 8

    Re: OUCHCHARLAY – said..
    Fuck you Perez.
    If this guy started bashing the 'Gay Community' You would go apeshit.
    I have no problem with people being gay, But I'm Catholic. And for you to go and bash the pope like you did on the post about him, that is totally not fair.

    The Pope has sheltered and protected hundreds of Pritests who have destroyed the lives of thousands of their rape victims. Don't even try to compare the two.

  9. 9

    Mario who cares. Newsweek is broke and gays make up less then 5% of the population but have a suicide rate 10 times higher then the straight population. You're an egomaniac and a moron

  10. 10

    Oh, get the F*CK over it already, Perez. You know perfectly well you are GUILTY of being narrow-minded, bigoted and sexist yourself so don't try and fool us into thinking you support fair-minded open dialogue. I believe Mr. Satoodeh was exercising his right to free speech when he wrote his article, which I personally did NOT find homophobic or bigoted. He made some observations that you don't have to agree with - doesn't mean he needs to be doused in flammable glitter and burned at the stake.

  11. 11

    Am I the only one who watched his 1999 series Popular? He was the creator… and the Finn's mom Kurt's dad storyline is a close copy of a storyline from that show. It was a really well written show but it never caught wind and only lasted two seasons. People should check it out and see the similarities… and also his authorial maturation.

  12. 12

    Was the Newsweek article that off base? I think most straight men could act gay but most flamboyant gays (Perz, Johnny Weir) cannot act straight.

  13. 13

    …you write the most misogynist, ageist, unkind things about human beings (who happen to feel just as sensitive about themselves as you do about your issues)…and yet you are so offended when other people write what they believe…I cannot wait until you are irrelevant once again…You are a little nazi at heart and appeal to what is most base about us…

  14. 14

    get a life!

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  17. 17

    If only more people, in politics, industry, etc. reacted with such civility, open minds, and willingness to learn and educate, the world would be a much less stressful place to live.

  18. 18

    Murphy is really barking up the wrong tree. This Ramin guy is completely inarticulate. Even if Murphy could completely change Ramin's point of view on the subject, he would not have the skills to express it.

    Murphy find an actual objective journalist. The article should clearly present positions on both sides of the argument. Unlike Ramin's original piece of crap.

  19. @v@ says – reply to this


    If an viewpoint makes sense and sounds more just and fair than another viewpoint, people will adopt it. If an oppressed group counters with what looks to be group mentality intolerance and over reaction, you defeat your purpose, imo. You lose the teetering minds of the people you are hoping to win over. Besides, any betterment for any group comes at the hands of elected officials setting policy. Lobby them in an intelligent, civil and proper way. Laura Bush is sold.

  20. 20

    Wow… Ryan Murphy is a real role model.

  21. 21

    Funny how Mr. Murphy says …"it's none of our business or concern"….and yet I know for a fact, that they fired all the heterosexual stand-ins before they started filming the back nine episodes and replaced them with homosexual stand-ins. Hyopcrite much? The agenda in front of…and behind the camera of that show is very much one of discrimination against straight people. For a hetero-phobe to call someone out for being homophobic is the funniest thing. Pot meet mr. kettle.

  22. 22

    while i agree with Mr. Murphy, was the sheep addition really necessary? why give fuel to the imbeciles who equate homosexuality with bestiality?

    some of the people who commented on this are shockingly hateful & ignorant…

  23. MP says – reply to this


    He had me until sheep. You're not doing your cause any good once you bring animals into it, Mr. Murphy.

  24. 24

    Thank you Ryan Murphy. Constructive dialogue (whatever your viewpoint may be) about these issues is much more effective than staying isolated with one idea without hearing the other side. And kudos to the 'Glee' family if they are willing to help participate in this discussion. –One of the most well-crafted and intelligent responses I've seen from the Hollywood scene in a long time.

  25. 25

    Good for him!

  26. 26

    And yet the second I saw Jonathan Groff in Glee, I thought "I hate to break it to Rachel, but her new boyfriend is gay." Sorry, but I personally don't think he plays straight very convincingly. Talented as all heck. Gorgeous beyond belief. But he didn't strike me as straight.

    Since when is it wrong to have an opinion? Ryan's letter was extremely inflammatory. You know who the bigots are? People who disrespect others JUST FOR HAVING DIFFERING VIEWPOINTS.

    People still have a right to decide their own beliefs. Mr. Setoodeh didn't take that from anyone. But this site and R.M. are trying their darnedest to take people's right to state their own opinion.

  27. 27

    Jeez, can't anyone have an opinion anymore? I don't agree with the guy, but it's an article. BFD! He didn't go out and shoot somebody or something. Get over it!

  28. 28

    blah… blah… blah…

  29. 29

    I'm sorry, but, why do gays (of which I am one) so desperately want to be seen as being able to portray straight? What is it about being straight that is so desirable? I don't think people would be so pissed if the article said that straights can't play gay. There is an ironic underlayer of homophobia in the 'outrage'. 'We gays can play 'real men', too! We can be straight'. Oh, please. Often times — no, we can't. And what's the big deal if we can't? Is acting straight something that we should all strive for? No thanks.

  30. 30

    First off, I'm glad that Perez posted both the Ryan Murphy article and the Aaron Sorki article. That in itself does a great service to everyone.

    That said, I liked the Aaron article over the Ryan article? Why? Because for one thing Aaron's article thankfully included wit and humor. He also makes the most accurate and nuanced points about the Newsweek article in question.

    I can't shake the idea that Ryan's article was filled with self-flattery and heavy-handed virtue. So Glee includes everyone. That's good. And his point is…

  31. 31

    yeah he's the same guy who basically told glee cast to suck it when they wrote him a letter telling them they were overworked and exhausted. real great guy. i hate the show but they do need a break.

  32. 32

    Gotta love you hypocritical lib-tards….ya'll love free speech until the OPINION is different from yours! Hilarity.

  33. 33

    I am so happy - and surprised, reading the comments, that their are so many people that see you, Perez, for the sexist, narrow-minded hypocrite that you are.

  34. 34

    Re: JeffKay

    JeffKay…not only the standins suffered being fired on Glee, some other key crew also. The reason? The same as you stated. This will come out once the unions catch wind of it.