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NBC's Rise Accused Of 'Straight-Washing' Character Based On Gay Drama Teacher!

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Hollywood fails us once again…

In the new NBC musical theater show Rise, Josh Radnor plays drama teacher Lou Mazzuchelli, based on real-life educator Lou Volpe.

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The only problem? Radnor's character is a straight family man, while Volpe came out as gay later in life.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, executive producer Jason Katims explained at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour on Tuesday:

"I hope and believe that we carry a lot of [Lou's] spirit into the show. We took that as inspiration. I felt like I needed to make it my own story. I didn't want to shy away from sexual orientation and gender… With Lou's family, there's a lot of reimagination — not just if he's gay or straight, but the family structure. … It was important to honor the source material, but to also make it my own so we'd be able to lean into it."

Not surprisingly, when word broke out, Twitter users were pissed, and accused the show of "straight-washing."

A special preview for the new series — based off Michael Sokolove's 2014 book Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater — will air Tuesday, March 13.

See some of the angriest reactions (below):

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