'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy pushes for 'Newsweek' boycott

Ryan-Murphy-GleeImage Credit: Chris Weeks/WireImage.comGlee creator Ryan Murphy has issued an open letter, urging people to boycott Newsweek until it apologizes for a now-notorious article about gay actors playing straight roles. The Newsweek article states that Glee star Jonathan Groff seems like a “theater queen” on the show. The article also says of Sean Hayes’ performance in Broadway’s Promises, Promises: “It’s weird seeing Hayes play straight.” Hayes’ costar, Kristin Chenoweth, has also condemned the article, which Murphy calls “damaging, needlessly cruel and mind-blowingly bigoted.” EW.com is the first to obtain Murphy’s open letter (read it in its entirety after the jump):

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themselves as “queeny” people (a word used by Setoodeh in the article) who stand at the back of the bus and embrace an outdated decades old stereotype.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

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  • Semaphore

    It’s such a scandal when someone dares tell the truth.

    • Jesse

      “Dares to tell the truth”? Which truth is that?

      • AcaseofGeo

        I don’t agree with everything the NEWSWEEK article said, based on what I’ve read. But there ARE SOME truths in this article. It is NOT being homophobic to point out that people don’t “buy” gay actors in straight roles. Its also NOT homophobic to BE the person who thinks the gay actor isn’t pulling it off. I’m not trying to defend homophobia in anyway so don’t all attack me. I do think there are some extremely valid points being made, whether we like it or not. I am a very out very proud gay man. So, Jesse, the “truth” would be, as the writer says, a lot of people don’t “buy” gay actors in straight roles. Sorry, but its sad AND true.

      • Obomo

        I totally agree with Newsweek.

      • Sergiu

        That gay actors can’t play straight characters.
        No matter what the gay will always bring that fact in front. They have all this media dedicated to them, awards that they only award to them and many other things.
        So when a gay dude do something he is no longer doing the part, he is also promoting homosexuality, all the gays appreciate him.
        And if you are promoting homosexuality is hard to make somebody believe that you are straight.

      • Ugula

        Agreed with Geo… the guy at Newsweek was just providing an opinion on gay actors in straight roles. Nothing in his article was discriminatory or homophobic in any way (the writer is openly gay). I agree with some of his points, but not all; even if one can’t agree with anything he says, there’s no need to boycott an entire publication due to one man’s opinion. Ryan Murphy is overreacting.

      • Mimi

        THE TRUTH? What the f—? When you go to a movie or play do you look at the actors and think of what they are or what they believe it in “real life”? If you do, then I feel sorry for you or you are watching plays and movies that are not well written or acted. A true actor makes you believe that they are the person they are portraying. That IS what ACTING is you moron.

      • Danneel

        There are gay actors who do not have te range to pull off a straight roll but that does not mean that all actors can’t. If that article said black actors should only play gang-related roles, America would be outraged. The only reason this article hasn’t recieved the backlash it should is because America hasn’t matured enough to truly accept homosexuals in society.

      • Mitch

        Have I seen performances (TV, movies, or even local musical theater) with gay actors playing straight and not pulling it off? Sure. Have I seen performances with straight actors playing gay and not pulling it off? Yes, of course. But none of that has to do with a genetic/cultural predisposition to not play against your own sexual orientation. It means you’re not a good actor, or at least your performance is not very good. That’s all it means! For the numerous homosexuals, in or out, who play straight extremely well (David Hyde-Pierce) or vice versa, keep up the great work. For the Newsweek columnist, maybe he should try get a FOX News Show where he can put his foot in his mouth 30 minutes a day instead of just in a column once per week. Idiot.

      • Tori

        I agree with Danneel. Some actors out there can pull it off, i.e. Neil Patrick Harris, and others who can’t, i.e. Sean Hayes. I LOVE Sean Hayes. I personally think his Jack McFarland is one of the greatest characters in TV history. I’m just not so sure he has it in him to play straight, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

      • Lulu

        HA! This entire discussion is just utterly ridiculous! Yes, there are probably some gay actors out there who would struggle to play straight. Just like there are straight actors who would struggle to play gay. Comedians who would struggle to play a dramatic role. Young actors would would struggle to play parts with great character depth, etc., etc., etc… What the actor is able to do has NOTHING to do with orientation, religion, moral beliefs, personal character and EVERYTHING to do with their abilities as an actor. Prime example, NPH in HIMYM – I know SO many straight men who think he is absolutely hilarious and secretly want to be just like Barney. I think Jonathan Groff is doing a brilliant job in Glee. His character acts like lots of straight theater kids that I’ve known – they’re a little quirky!

      • GROW UP RYAN MURPHY

        1.) Homophobic? I recently came out of the closet (January) to a family of Southern Baptists. My family never used any harsh language about my orientation growing up, but I was terrified of telling them because I believed they were homophobic based on nothing but their relationship with god. Anyways, my family has accepted me and my decision with open arms…. I’VE LEARNED THAT JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE DOESN’T AGREE WITH HOMOSEXUALITY DOESN’T MAKE THEM HOMOPHOBIC. Nothing in the Newsweek article displays an irrational fear or hatred for homosexuals – in fact, it was written by a homosexual. What this guy is saying is true: America may seem like it’s sooo ahead of itself (to where this issue doesn’t matter) – BUT IT ISN’T. It’s a hard truth: an audience can’t look past sexual orientation the same way it can’t look past Scientology and Tom Cruise.

        2.) If he’s all about “inclusiveness” then why doesn’t he simply meet with the writer to discuss his point. Why is he calling for a boycott? If the writer is wrong he needs to know why… (but I still think the Newsweek writer has a valid point).

        3.) I want an open apology from Ryan Murphy to the hundreds of gay teenagers who read ‘Running With Scissors’. That book got me through high school and he took a dump on all over it with his adaptation.

      • Rory

        Acaseof Geo: Let’s see Rock Hudson, Tab Hunter, Richard Chamberlin, Neil Patrick Harris, and a myriad of gays playing straight. A million of others and myself have bought and still buy it. They’re ACTORS, silly. I mean, really, if we didn’t believe,how could we buy R Downey as Chaplin, Sherlock and Ironman? Jump of the homophobia train, guys!

    • Michael

      Little do you know. You’re watching many a closeted gay actor play it straight on the big screen. You’re mesmerized by their hyper-masculine bravado.(I’m sure, though, that you’ll be on the front lines, criticizing the camp in their performances once they are outed). Effing moron.

      • Carrie

        The point is about their out/not out status. If they are gay and not out there is no problem. Once they are out it becomes distracting. Similar, for me, to a white guy playing Asian or Black (it becomes an issue because you *know* something is off).

      • Micaela

        What is this truth you’re referring about.. That article was nonsense… Just think about Neil Patrick Harris, he’s an out homosexual and plays one of the coolest, most credible womanizers on TV…

      • murley

        so people have to chose between having their choice of roles or being honest and open about who they are? easy for you to say. i you are uncomfortable knowing someone is gay frankly that is your problem, not theirs.

      • jj

        @Carrie… so when lea solonga ( asian) played eponine, a french caucasian gamine, was a bad call for the producers of Les Miz? I dont think so!! you white americans are funny and stupid most of the time.

      • Tonic

        @Carrie… so if an actor plays a rapist, but you know they aren’t a rapist in real life, it ruins it for you?

        You have seen more gay people play straight roles than you could possibly imagine.

      • ann

        I *know* something is off with Carrie’s line of thinking.

      • Carrie

        Okay, you guys are making assumptions about me that aren’t true. I’m not stupid and I have no problem with gay people. I’m not talking about the way we WANT the world to be, I’m talking about the way the world IS. The truth is there are lots of situations where everyday people (not *just* actors) have to hide things about themselves to be seen as more effective in their jobs. If you smoke weed or cheat on your spouse or lie on your taxes you usually keep these things quiet at your place of business to protect the image you portray of yourself and your ability to earn a living. Actors (smartly) do this too. I don’t think they HAVE to be in the closet, but I do think they have to deal with the potential consequences of coming out if they choose to do so. They may change the public’s/their audience’s perception of them. That’s all I’m saying. It’s the real world…let’s deal with it openly and not run down those willing to speak the truth. I’m not saying it is morally right, just real. I would like to pose the question: Would the acting in Brokeback Mountain have been considered so amazing if the actors had been two openly gay guys? No. I don’t think so. Our perceptions of Ledger and Gyllenhall as actors in their roles was shaped by our awareness of their purported sexual identity. Please open your minds to the logic of what I’m saying, rather than call me names or get personal. If you have an intelligent argument to make about what I’m saying I’m very interested to entertain it.

      • TM

        @Carrie: And if you have an intelligent argument to make, we’d be interested in hearing that too. Your “logic” isn’t new. In the 1950s some people liked Lena Horne better when they thought she was white, but that didn’t mean she was wrong to identify as a black actress and singer instead of passing for white.

      • Gina

        @Carrie: The acting in Brokeback was exceptional because they played their parts well, not because they weren’t actually gay and people “bought” them as such. That is such a ridiculous comment to make, not to mention quite the general assessment. There’s no difference between a straight actor pretending to love a female or male co-star.

        It’s your own problem if you can’t get past them being gay, not theirs. Who someone chooses to sleep with is the last thing on my mind when I’m watching someone act. You and others like you are the ones with the issue, not the actors.

      • Tim (not Urban)

        @Carrie: You may not be stupid, but you definitely have a problem with gay people. Do you have any idea how offensive and homophobic it is to comment: “If you smoke weed or cheat on your spouse or lie on your taxes you usually keep these things quiet at your place of business to protect the image you portray of yourself and your ability to earn a living.” You are equating homosexuality with a lack of integrity and such character flaws as lying and cheating — something that is wrong and should be hidden. If that is how you view being gay, fine. But don’t pretend you “have no problem with gay people.” You ask that we not name-call or get personal in responding to you, but you’ve made it extremely personal through your insulting comparisons.

      • Izzy

        @Carrie
        ” If you smoke weed or cheat on your spouse or lie on your taxes you usually keep these things quiet at your place of business to protect the image you portray of yourself and your ability to earn a living.”
        This is your logic?!? All the examples you gave; cheating, smoking weed, lying about taxes. These are all things that society frown upon for a reason! So by grouping in gays you are essentially saying that they are as bad as people who cheat, lie and smoke weed.
        Plus what you said about Brokeback Mountain; why don’t you just accept the movie as something on its own without involving the actors personal lives. Even if Ledger and Gyllenhall were two openly gay guys it wouldn’t change the fact that they portrayed the roles of two passionate homosexuals forced to conform to a homophobic world.
        Lastly, you say that at the start of your comment that your talking “about the way the world IS.” But surely even someone as blind to reason as you appear to be can see that the only way the attitudes towards homosexuals will change is if everyone stops accepting things for what they are and start trying to make things better. Not too long ago being gay was a capital offence now some places are legalising gay marriage. This change comes when people decide to make a difference and change something that they know is wrong. Ignorant, stubborn idiots like you only hinder the process.
        In the future, don’t try to use logic to justify such an idiotic,, irratinal argument. Because when it comes down to it there is nothing logical about forcing people to deny who they truly are.

      • AcaseofGeo

        @ Carrie, You are on to something and unfortunately people are attacking you for pointing it out. We’re talking about PERCEPTIONS of performances and whether they are believable or not. We are NOT talking about being “cool” with homosexuality OR “homophobia”. We are talking about what we see on the screen. Let me put it this way, I had a VERY DIFFICULT time watching Heath Ledger in DARK KNIGHT because I knew he was just recently deceased. I thought he did a great job, but in the back of my mind I kept referring to the sadness of it. So people, listen to what Carrie is saying. This is a chance to build communication and have a dialogue on this fascinating subject, not rip into people for pointing out things you’re not comfortable with.

      • Holly

        Also @ Carrie: Being gay is not the same thing as doing illegal drugs, cheating, or lying on taxes. That you’d compare it to such things demonstrates the false premise upon which your whole argument is based.

        I’ve happily watched and enjoyed openly gay actors such as Zachary Quinto, Neil Patrick Harris, and Queen Latifah in straight romantic roles. Those are just the ones I know about. It’s called “suspension of disbelief,” and it’s one of those qualities necessary for separating fact from fiction.

      • Carrie

        Let me reiterate: It’s not that I don’t LIKE gay people, in some cases I LOVE gay people.

        It’s only that it IS a distraction in certain roles when I *know* definitively that the actor is gay. Also, I am certainly not alone in this fact. I know that some would use this pov to align me with homophobes, but I ask you again to try to have an open mind.

        @TM: You are 100% right that Lena Horn was not WRONG to truthfully identify herself. However, I’m sure there were consequences for her -at that time- in terms of available roles. As there would be today. This isn’t *always* wrong, btw. There are many roles that call for a white actor or black actor specifically. Would the movie Ali have been as good with Mark Wahlberg in the lead?

        @Gina: I think you are being naive and revisionist in the point about Brokeback. Check out the press on. It often centered around the fact that these were gay cowboys played by *STRAIGHT* actors. If the roles had been played by NPH or Sean Hayes it would not have gotten so much attention. I loved the movie, btw.

        @Holly: You prove my point. Suspension of disbelief is the problem. When you *know* for certain that an actor can not have a natural sexual connection with his co-star it becomes very difficult to engage in the willing suspension of disbelief.

        Also you are obviously right about being gay not being the same as drugs etc. However, I was drawing an analogy to things that people keep quiet to maintain an image. In theory, someone might also keep charity work or marital status quiet if you approve of those examples more.

        One more interesting thing your post brought up: I would say that actors don’t ACTUALLY have to make a choice about being out. They can control their images (as they already do in other things) and still be out where it counts. The examples you’ve used: NPH is out in the public eye so, to me and many others, he’s maybe less realistic (not less awesome, btw) as the womanizer Barney (it doesn’t matter though because Barney is a caricature). However, Quinto and Queen Latifah (if they are openly gay-I’m not sure) have managed that so that it doesn’t become part of their public persona, and thereby not a distraction.

        Good discussion. For the most part, respectful. Thanks.

      • thecultofheather

        @Claire, the issue with your statement is that you are saying it is okay for straight to play a GLBT character because that will be admired/seen as great acting. However, the reverse cannot be true. Your reasoning is flawed.

      • Elli

        @Carrie: I hear what you’re saying and I don’t really think it’s fair for other commenters to be attacking you just for speaking your opinion. It is really not that hard to figure out that she was not comparing being gay to doing drugs, perhaps it was not the best example but come on people, stop assuming the worst about others just because they disagree with you. You’re not going to convince anyone of the legitimacy of your opinion by putting them down. That is just as close-minded as the Newsweek article.

      • thecultofheather

        I meant Carrie. Sorry for that!

      • Carrie

        One more thing for @Tonic: There have been many people who address this kind of question and I have an answer. We ASSUME that actors aren’t rapists (or whatever) so we suspend our disbelief when they are working, however when we KNOW things about their lives it does affect how we receive their performances. I wonder how the public would receive someone like O.J.Simpson playing a kindly police officer? What we know about his life would affect his professional reception.

      • Carrie

        @heather: I’m not making any judgment about what is “okay.” I’m talking purely about effectiveness. In acting this is judged by the audience’s reception of a performance. When an actor is gay as part of his/her public persona that can affect his/her effectiveness. She may be a great actress (not so far, but who knows in the future), but would you ever imagine yourself buying Ellen Degeneres in a straight, romantic role? If you were the director would you cast her?

      • Dan

        Carrie.. I really feel sorry for you to have stated such a stupid comment about charter roles… in your own words…..

        Similar, for me, to a white guy playing Asian or Black (it becomes an issue because you *know* something is off).

        Lets just start with the *KNOW* in this comment… Do you think that you KNOW who is and is not gay? Do you think you KNOW who is and is not STRAIGHT? Do you KNOW your own friends? Are you so dumb to assume that your masculine male friends are indeed all STRAIGHT? Are you to assume that your FEMININE Female friends are all STRAIGHT? Look at your own words and think what you wrote. Your comment is to stereotypical and comes across as naive.
        To even state such a comment makes you look real dumb.. I think you already know that from the replies you have received. I’m sure that you are not a dumb person, but think what you wrote and how offensive is comes across before you publish it. It’s comments and thoughts like yours that help to maintain the bigotry and hatred in society. Forward thinking is the only way to create Human Equality..

      • Breckster82

        @carrie: Ellen Degeneres – Mr. Wrong (straight rom-com role). OJ Simpson – Naked Gun (kindly police officer).

        it’s about the character, not the actor playing it. following your misguided login, ellen also voiced dory in finding nemo… does that mean she’s a fish? was something “off” about Sean Penn’s oscar winning performance in Milk? how about Tom Hank’s oscar winning performance in Philadelphia? or charlize theron in monster? they all won oscars playing gay but their “public persona” obviously dictates otherwise.

      • Suntrap

        @Carrie: by your logic, historical or nonfiction movies would always fail. I know Morgan Freedman isn’t Nelson Mandela, yet we bought him as such. I know Sandra Bullock didn’t really adopt Michael Ohr, yet she won an Oscar for acting as if she did.

      • alice

        Carrie, you are stupid and bigoted. And no matter how much you try to pretend to be logical we all *know* something is off.

      • Carrie

        At this point, you win. I’m browbeaten into submission. I think many of you out there are willfully misinterpreting me and my intentions so I’m not going to waste much more of my time. For those who actually tried to understand me, even if you disagree vociferously, thank you. Those that think I’m “real dumb,” well…I don’t know what to say about that.

        @Dan: I’m sorry you are offended by what I said. I’d ask you to re-read what I wrote at a later, less emotional, time so you might evaluate my thoughts differently. For now, thank you for your input.

        @Breckster: Thank you for unintentionally proving my point. Ellen Degeneres made Mr.Wrong in 1996, one year BEFORE she came out on the cover of Time Magazine. Since then, no straight rom-coms. OJ was in the Naked Gun movies BEFORE he was arrested for killing his wife, how many has he made AFTER? Also, every other instance you mention (other than Dory the fish, not going to validate that) was of a (publicly-because who knows, really?) straight person acting as a gay person. You’ve proven there is a double standard, the existence of which I do not dispute.

        @Suntrap: please go back and re-read some of what I’ve already said about Willing Suspension of Disbelief. If Morgan Freeman has the basic components to make us BELIEVE (after we suspend our disbelief) that he is Mandela it works…If Brian Dennehy tried to play Mandela it wouldn’t. The audience would *know* something was off. Same logic would apply to Sandra Bullock.
        @Alice: I’m not pretending to be logical. Just because you don’t understand something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

      • Danneel

        Carrie, people think the acting in the Notebook is great and they’re both straight. Sexual orientation has nothing to do with it. If two gay actors portrayed the roles in Brokeback as well as Heath/Jake had, they would have been just as celebrated.

      • Carrie

        @Danneel: Who thinks the acting in the Notebook was great??? :-) In effect, though, you are missing my point. It’s not that I don’t think many closeted and openly gay actors are amazing and talented (they can also be stinkers in the talent department). I’m not ever talking about talent. I am talking about audience perception.
        About Brokeback I completely disagree with you. With two openly gay actors and everything else being equal it might have been the same beautiful movie, but the acting would probably not have been as well respected…many in the audience were amazed that two actors we presume to be straight could show that depth of romantic emotion towards another man. It may not be fair, but it is true.

      • Jennifer

        When the writer refers to Hayes and Groff, he writes of their inability to play straight roles not the viewer’s perception. Referring to Hayes as “wooden and insincere” speaks more to his acting ability than to someone’s knowledge that he is gay. He comments on Groff’s scowl and giggle, which make him seem like a closeted homosexual on the show. It seems the writer has an inconsistent message. The article makes it sound like Hayes and Groff simply don’t have the acting ability to play straight roles. That is his opinion, which has nothing to do with another viewer’s perception.

      • David

        where’s the outrage at straights playing gay? if anything, a straight (particularly if it’s a male) actor is glorified for their “bravery” or “star turn” by being “convincingly gay” (whatever the eff that means).

        *crickets*

      • Al

        Carrie- Trying to follow your logic. I “know” that Ryan Reynolds is married to Scarlett Johannsen(sp?) therefore there is no way I can suspend belief that he would fall in love with Sandra Bullock. This is just an example: if I get you right couples in committed relationships can only work with each other in romantic movies/tv shows otherwise it would be too distracting…

      • Hilary

        Carrie- in response to this: “I don’t think they HAVE to be in the closet, but I do think they have to deal with the potential consequences of coming out if they choose to do so. They may change the public’s/their audience’s perception of them.”

        -No one would argue with you that an actor’s personal life has an impact on the way the public views them, but the issue is as ACTORS this should not be the case while they are performing. The assumption is you the viewer are intelligent enough to understand they are playing a role, and the fact that they are gay or straight, a model citizen or a repeat offender is something you should be able to put out of your mind. If you are unable to do so, then clearly the problem is yours. Perhaps you should take your own advice and take some time to not be emotional, as when you post things on the internet, there is always a chance you will feel “browbeaten” however there are some worthy postings here from people who are clearly trying to share their opinions, and your “gotcha” type replies about the release date of Mr. Wrong show you are clearly not listening to them.

      • Carrie

        @Jennifer: You bring up an interesting point. I guess in a way, even though it probably wasn’t his initial point, the Newsweek author brought up some interesting discussion topics. My point has never been that gay actors can’t play straight, just that audiences perceive openly gay actors differently in those roles.

        @Hilary: You are perceptive in pointing out my emotions were involved in my earlier post, I did-in fact- take a moment to compose myself. It’s hard sometimes when I feel that people are saying the same things over and over again rather than actually reading what I have to say and then getting angry or nasty towards me, personally, rather than trying to understand my point. Also, I really didn’t intend to be “gotcha” about Mr.Wrong. The accuracy of the date was pretty central to my argument since Ellen Degeneres has not played a straight, romantic lead following her publicly coming out. Finally, I don’t think -if the audience has trouble separating an actor’s public persona from the part they play- the problem is the audience or my intelligence or anything else. I think that is a FUNDAMENTAL problem for the actor since his product is his ability to disappear into the role he is playing to the extent that he becomes believable in the character.

        @David: Right on. There is definitely a double standard. No crickets here. I’ve mentioned it before.

        @Al: See my earlier response to Suntrap. That poster made almost the same argument (actually with Sandra Bullock in a different role).

        @Tim,@Izzy: Please see my earlier response to Holly concerning the drugs, cheating etc. No offense intended, just talking about maintaining an image.

      • Bobo

        Who, WHO!! Tell me who!! Who is not out!!!

      • Adrielly

        . . . his elaepxms are really factually shoddy, he doesn?t support his thesis, i don?t know how this made it pass an editor onto the internet. Fact-checking inhibits propagandizing. 0

    • LK

      i think youre confusing truth with opinion

      • Grace

        agreed. There is truth and there is opinion. When you have that much power of influence over your readers you shouldn’t blast your own opinion as if it were truth. Gay playing straight, straight playing gay, trans, hermaphrodite….it shouldn’t matter and we should tell a difference if you can act well. boycotting is whats best. these people deserve better credit for the great things they do!

      • allie

        Yeah, except that the Newsweek article WAS his opinion. Dumb liberals have to make a HUGE CRISIS out of everything. You don’t share the author’s opinion. Fabulous. Disagree and move on!

      • Carrie

        @grace: Regardless of whether it should matter, it does. That’s why casting calls list the inherent qualities necessary for characters. Directors won’t give a role that calls for a 6-foot-tall, blond, model to a 4’9, brunette, who weighs 298 pounds. Even if it’s not FAIR, it matters. One of the first requirements for an actor is to get out of the way of the audience’s ability to suspend disbelief.

      • RP

        @Carrie – Sexual orientation is not the same as a physical characteristic. Your hangups about someone’s orientation are your problem.

    • Joe

      We’re already breaking a 2,000 year old tradition of heterosexual marriages by allowing gays to get married, is that not enough?! nope… gay’s want to portray straight characters with acting. Sorry, for me it ruins the whole “escape” feeling of a tv show/movie seeing an openly gay guy in a love scene with a girl (for example). There is plenty of roles for gays portraying gay or neutral roles, leave the straight roles to straight people please… It’s not just about acting. A love scene with a gay and a lesbian, that would be just plain weird.

      • LK

        “There is plenty of roles for gays portraying gay”

        - i think you mean “there are..”
        - and im sure there are plenty of gay roles for gay actors, if youre watching Bravo and Logo..as for basic cable then youre mistaken

      • matt

        joe, you are a neanderthal

      • George

        Dear Joe. I hope you’re being sarcastic…

      • SFNative

        Joe:

        1) Same-sex marriages existed during the Greek and Roman empires before Christianity came into power throughout its parts in the world. Besides, sexual orientation is irrelevant – love and commitment is what is important in marriages, and gay couples have defiantly proven that they can commit to each other in long-lasting, loving and productive relationships that benefit their communities.

        2) Gay people want to have the same freedom and equality portraying any kind of characters regardless of sexual orientation, just as straight people enjoy this freedom today (especially the movie Brokeback Mountain)

        3) If you have a problem being able to escape because a gay person is playing a straight role, then it appears that you have a problem, and you can either try to get over your problem or choose to limit yourself to movies with only straight people playing straight roles. In the meantime, gay people will continue to play straight roles, because gay people deserve to be treated with as much dignity and respect as you.

        With all due respect, you are ignorant and homophobic.

      • Joe

        Sorry – I am a moron and have no idea what i am talking about. The truth is that I am a cross dresser and all this talk of gay actors makes me uncomfortable.

      • Matt M.

        Do you understand what acting is? It’s pretending to be something you aren’t. Do you understand that in traditional Shakespearean theater the female roles were portrayed by men?

        Does it bother you when Will Smith plays Muhammed Ali as well, since Will Smith is neither Muhammed Ali nor a boxer at all? Is that “weird” too?

      • SKR

        On the flip-side, Joe, is it weird when a straight actor plays gay? And isn’t the definition of acting to pretend to be something you are not?

      • mary q contrary

        Your life must be so, so sad.

      • Russ

        Joe: you shouldn’t be allowed to breed.

      • Lauren

        Matt M., what bothers me about your comment regarding Shakespeare plays and the men playing women is that it has nothing to do with men playing something they’re not. It has to do with men not allowing women in theatre.

      • God

        God to Joe: Joe, you are an idiot.

      • jam ey

        yea but it’s fine to see straight guys in gay roles. Look up what the word acting means. You might learn something.

      • Brooke

        No, there really isn’t. You’re so very, very mistaken.

      • Jill

        But it’s somehow all right for straight actors to play gay characters? Why is that not a problem?

      • ok

        So yo must have really hated Avatar, right? Snce Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are so obviously not giant blue people. Totally ruins the story doesn’t it. And obviously Sandra Bullock shoulnd’t have won the Oscar for the Blind Side since she hadn’t given birth or adopted at the time. Her lack of children just completely pulled me out of the movie. It’s called ACTING folks. It’s slightly different than reality tv.

      • VCI

        So please tell me you have issue with straight people playing gay then!! If not you’re a hypocrite.

      • A.Tom

        Joe are you serious? So basically by your logic then straight people should never play a gay character. Oh, and actors should only play characters their age. Because that is of course what acting is all about. Playing yourself.

      • Carrie

        If there are only two sides to this issue (which I DO NOT stipulate) then Joe would be on my side. This makes me want to switch sides.

      • wizard62

        wait…”allowing” gays to get married? Well thank you very much massa for allowing us gays to have the same privledge and freedoms that you enjoy as a birth right. Your right, we should never change any behaviors from the past 2000 years. I say bring back slavery, end women’s rights, renew prohibition, forget every modern medical procedure and lets return to blood letting, take away all technology and lets all freeze in the winters, hunt our own food, and live by fire light at night. Why change anything at all that’s been progressive since the old testament was the way of the world. Yes, that makes so much more sense Joe!

      • fojoy

        I think its TOTALLY about the acting. If they are a good enough actor, then people are more willing to suspend belief – like Ledger in BB Mountain or NPH in How I Met Your Mother. I don’t care if you are gay or straight so long as you can portray the character convincingly. And I think that most openly gay actors do just that – that’s why they are “actors”.

      • Laura

        Oh my god… your ignorance is astounding.

      • JB

        Very entertaining reading all you people trashing Joe to make yourselves feel smarter. Joe has a PERSPECTIVE, as do all of you. Instead of simply accepting the difference of perspective, you all felt the need to act as though your own view was the correct one. Which, ironically, is the dumbest thing you can do.

      • RP

        @Joe – ‘Now’? Please, this is nothing new. If gay actors playing straight characters didn’t bother you before then it shouldn’t suddenly bother you now.

      • Sabrina

        @JB: So…I have a ‘perspective’ that all black people should be sent to live on the moon and that women should always literally bow down before speaking to men. It’s just a difference of opinion, right? You must be tolerant of what I believe! [Lest anyone attack, I'm obviously just proving the point that bigotry is not a "different perspective" that should be accepted. JB's statement is just as moronic as Joe's.]

    • matt

      are we really still discussing this? let’s go clean up the oil spill instead. the reason it’s probably weird to see Sean Hayes play straight is we’re so used to him playing Just Jack on Will and Grace. it’s weird any time an actor on a long running sitcom takes on a new role. That’s why Megan Mullaly is having trouble finding a new role to suit her. She will ALWAYS be Karen Walker. As for Groff…he walks like a lesbian trying to walk like a straight guy and it’s just awkward. There are plenty of gay actors playing straight and no one knows or cares if they do.

      • SFNative

        If you ask me, Matt, ignorance and homophobia is pretty weird to me. Yes, we are really still discussing this, and we will continue to discuss this as long as this kind of indignity and disrespect as shown in Newsweek goes away. What would you expect me to do as a gay man?

      • mary q contrary

        Hear, hear. Although, I really didn’t notice anything wrong with Groff’s performance. But you are so right about the typecasting. It has nothing to do with sexuality, and everything to do with the fact that the majority of openly gay performers are often only given gay parts, because of society’s unfortunately still small-minded views. These actors are perfectly capable of playing straight roles, but America is so used to them playing sensationalized and cliched depictions of homosexuals that it is hard to imagine them as anything else. This is the fault of no one but a bigoted, close-minded America, and anyone who does not subscribe to these hateful and ignorant theories is perfectly capable of watching a homosexual play straight.

      • Mike

        yeah, I didn’t even know that Jonathan Groff was gay until this whole newsweek thing happened. I don’t think he acts his part in a “queeny” way whatsoever…

      • murley

        golly, i know, i can’t believe we are still discussing discrimination and stereotypes that marginalize the gay community. gosh, do we have nothing better to do, aren’t we over this by now.

      • murley

        and fyi, megan mullaly was added to the cast of party down (to replace jane lynch as a matter of fact).

      • Audrey

        I think Megan Mulally’s doing quite well for herself… she dances with a tub of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! I mean, with roles like that how can she complain?

      • Jim

        Mullaly is also married to Ron F***ing Swanson, so she’s doing just fine.

      • karen

        I didn’t know Jonathan Groff’s gay but I did suspect it watching his acting in Glee. So, I agree with the writer on that part.

      • Kate

        I saw Groff live on Broadway and had no idea he was gay…if I had known beforehand, I probably would’ve just clapped louder at the end, an amazing performance is an amazing performance. period.

    • Rider

      I did not find the original article to be homophobic. Rather, I thought it was a fairly strong advocacy statement that attempted to confront a largely unstated but clear pattern of discrimination. The question isn’t whether talented gay actors can play straight; there are many examples of closeted gay men pulling off straight roles. The real questions are whether the film industry would allow an openly gay actor to play a major straight role, and, if they did, would mainstream audiences accept it? As Mr. Setoodeh points out, we can’t answer these questions with any certainty as we don’t have a practical test case, but we can speculate. In my mind, there is no doubt at all. If Russell Crowe was openly gay, Robin Hood doesn’t get made. If Robert Downey Jr. was openly gay, he doesn’t get to do Iron Man. The problem is the audience, not the actors. No studio executive would risk a $200 million tent pole movie on the mere possiblity of mainstream acceptance.

      • Eric

        Ryan Murphy’s rant has prompted me to boycott “Glee”. While it is true that I’m straight and I enjoy sex with women, this does not mean that I’m homophobic for saying so. It is not correct to label personal taste and opinion as something it isn’t.

      • Agustin

        I have a couple of good strgiaht friends. But I have lost friendships with strgiaht guys because of my sexual orientation. That is just the way it goes sometimes. But i definitely feel you on hanging around the weirdos and not attaching myself long term to any one person. You need to make friends with people who can support you. And people you can support back. My problem tends to be I end up doing all of the supporting and no one holds up there end. I burn out.

    • Randi

      Not defending the article AT ALL, but I DO think that when you know too much about an actors life that it detracts from their art. I have a hard time being entertained by Tom Cruise anymore. Just sayin’.

      • Izzy

        Yeah I agree with it being annoying when you know too much about actors because it can detract from the way you think a bout them (Tom Cruise is a perfect example)
        But this article was different, it was singling out people because of one certain aspect of their lives, in this case their sexual orientation and that is just plain wrong. If he had of written (in a gosssip column etc. not pass it off for real journalism) that he found Groff’s role hard to take because he knows he’s gay that would of been more acceptable…maybe still not right but better. But in this article he’s saying this about all gays are like that. And that is frankly, disgusting.
        But I agree with what ypu said about knowing too much. I think everyone would be better off if we didn’t pry into others lives at all. Problem solved! :D

      • Gina

        Groff’s lack of chemistry with Lea doesn’t come from him being gay, it’s from the lack of acting ability. He’s right for the show’s energy and whatnot, but wrong for the drama. Most of the young theatre actors today all perform identical to one another – it bugs me. It’s all about a tone to the voice for them, rather than listening to what you’re character is saying. It comes off incredibly fake. Amusingly enough, I actually used it in an audition for a show that had very flat yet dramatic characters – I got cast.

      • Robbyrob

        Randi,

        If knowing about Tom Cruise’s personal life troubles you, then by all means don’t watch anything with him EVER again. With this mindset, I don’t know how you’d ever enjoy watching actors in ANYTHING. Heck, at least you’d catch up on your reading!

      • Dan

        I had no idea Groff was gay until I read the Newsweek article. As for Sean Hayes, I was surprised that he was cast as the male lead in “Promises, Promises” on Broadway because he is so identified with his character on “Will & Grace.” I never considered his personal sexuality an issue with the casting and I understand he does a great job in the show (he got a Tony nomination so somebody believed he played the character well).

      • Amy

        OK everyone is freaking out about this only because the writer seems to be “homophobic”…would this be the same if this was about celebrities who had cheated (Tiger Woods, David Boranez) or maybe shoplifters, or people addicted to plastic surgery or people who are deeply and devoutly religious playing murders, etc…

        We don’t need to know that much about people’s lives…think about it…the only reason we care to know so much is because they are famous. If these were just regular people who lived down the street we wouldn’t care about all these private aspects of their lives…but because they are celebrities we think we have the ‘right’ to know everything about their personal lives…

        I know for me, personally, I didn’t much enjoy seeing Chris Colfer play ‘straight’ on Glee last night because I LOVE him SO much as himself (and I think it was supposed to be played awkwardly!) but he plays Kurt gay SO well that I wouldn’t want him to play it any other way!

        So…just saying…

    • TK

      Who the freak really cares? Boycott my butt you morons!

    • Emma

      I disagree that a boycott is necessary and warranted. I wholeheartedly believe that gay actors can play any role they wish but I also see this as a matter of free speech. The writer was expressing his opinion, as is his write under our Constitution, and we are free to disagree with him. I don’t believe it is homophobia that is behind his remarks (however misguided) but rather a serious lack of imagination.

      • Kristin

        Part of being free to disagree with someone is being free not to support that someone financially (by buying their magazine). The author can say what he wants, people who don’t like what he says can answer with their wallets.

      • D

        Yes, and we are free to not purchase their magazine, right? That’s called a BOYCOTT! Sheesh!

    • bruno

      yeah. i hate to agree and i haven’t read the entire newsweek article, but i’d also think it’d be weird seeing Hayes play straight, not becauase i don’t think he can do it, but because i’m so used to him portraying the very gay jack on will and grace. as for Groff, I also have to agree (although maybe i won’t throw out the term “theatre queen”, even though it’s pretty close to the truth). i think groff was miscast, plain and simple. no chemistry, and a large underlying is that guy gay question i can’t shake when watching. but that doesn’t mean i don’t think gay actors can’t play straight roles. i think there’s a
      ton of actors doing it as we speak. and good for them! just in this case. with these 2 examples, i’m kind of in agreement…

      • TM

        You haven’t actually seen Sean Hayes in this role! Hold your judgment until you see him. Guessing doesn’t cut it.

    • KNeff

      Yes…scandal indeed when someone disagrees with the brainwashing that is going on in hollywood & now (unfortunately) all over our country.
      I choose the way I will raise my child & live. And I will also makes my own choices about what I will watch and whom I will support with my hard earned money.
      People are so quick to follow what “celebrities” tell them to do.
      GET A SET…A BRAIN…SOMETHING… AND MAKE UP YOUR OWN FREAKIN’ MINDS!

      • Mike

        Better yet, don’t think for yourself. Just do whatever your pastor tells you to do. They couldn’t possibly be biased.

      • TM

        Don’t worry, we’ll be there for your child when he or she comes out someday. You may think these discussions are “brainwashing,” but it’s real life.

      • Robbyrob

        Hey KNEFF,

        If your so busy deciding how to raise that future tea bagger of yours, then why oh why are you taking precious time to comment on an entertainment website????? Duh. I’m just sayin.

      • @Robbyrob

        Reading people like you – too dumb to realize just HOW dumb they sound when they try to act superior – was good for a chuckle this morning. So thanks for that.

      • @MikeTMandRobbyrob

        It’s KNeff’s right to make his or her own decisions. Your inferences that those decisions are influenced by a pastor, will result in Kneff’s child falling into a life of sexual deviance, or becoming a “teabagger,” are unwarranted and speak far more of how impolite and disrespectful each of you are than they say anything about Kneff.

    • Melody

      Honestly? Did you even read the article that they are talking about from Newsweek? If you did you wouldn’t think there was any truth in it. The article in Newsweek was ridiculous. If Promises, Promises is getting bad reviews because the audience is having trouble buying that Hayes is straight is certainly not because the audience is homophobic, it is because Hayes sucks as an actor playing straight roles. I don’t know why, I’ve seen plenty of gay actors go back and forth on stage between gay and straight perfectly well in and out of the closet. An actor is responsible for making the audience forget that they are seeing the actor and see the character.

      Setoodeh’s article was extremely biased and flat out wrong. He was putting horrible stereotypes on gay actors that would drag them back into the closet. How could anyone encourage that? Let’s call a spade a spade and a bad actor a bad actor. Hayes is a bad actor. He plays one kind of role and to try and use him for a cause that doesn’t exist is insulting for the real cause that does, getting gay actors recognized for the tremendous work they do and have been doing all along.

      • jujube

        Just saw the show tonight. Hayes was fine as a straight man. He was, in fact, very, very good. Maybe you should see the show before you make that kind of judgment, Melody.

    • v

      F.O. You’re a moron.

    • DruggyBear

      Some gay actors can play straight just fine, but Groff and Neil Patrick Harris are not 2 of them

      • DruggyBear

        neither is Hayes or Matt Dallas for that matter.

        Cynthia Nixon, Lily Tomlin, Portia de Rossi, T.R. Knight, Wentworth Miller all do just fine.

        some can pull it off, some can’t. what’s the big deal?

      • Katie

        Disagree on both counts. I think they are fantastic in their roles.

      • TM

        I’ll be you didn’t know NPH was gay until he came out well into the show’s run.

      • Carrie

        The problem is the audience KNOWING when an actor is gay. It takes it from a non-issue to an issue.

      • RP

        @Carrie – Yes…if the audience has a problem with gay people. If you don’t care if someone’s gay then this isn’t an issue. If you care that someone’s gay then that’s your problem.

      • Sonali

        A: Wrist suppleness (have a breokn wrist still too, not helping w/ HSPU)B: Double Unders, I can’t keep tying DU’s together because I end up tossing in a couple triples and then my timing gets all screwy. I can only tie about 15 together without messing up Need more! I work on these for 10-mins every other day. Which has exposed C C: Too right leg dominant. After double-under skill sessions my right calve gets super tight and sore and no amount of foam rolling/PVC rolling can get that baby to loosen up.D: Technique after 7K of running starts to go poo-poo-cah-cah. Biggest reason: I’m not really doing any sport specific training right now. I’m a little jaded with giving up my whole triathlon season this year because of a bike sponsor issue. only got to race one triathlon and it wasn’t even my own race I was on a team. And now it’s the off-season for me, and truly, I’m enjoying getting stronger and conditioning with CrossFit.Am I only person who’s going to post their CRAP on here? Com’on brothers & sisters, get the goats out of the barn!

    • paul

      I, for one, stand behind this open letter and demand NEWSWEEK apologize for the article or I will cancel my subscrition and demand a refund. If others follow suit, we can show that NO ONE should ever stand for this type of homophobia.

    • ****

      Semaphore, the sad truth is you have the rationale of a NAZI. Straight people can play murderers and brain surgeons even though they aren’t capable of being either in real life but for a gay actor like Matt Bomer (White Collar) to play it straight is inconceivable? Really? What should these gay actor play then instead? Gay characters? Yeah, those aren’t allowed either. Best solution is probably to just ship all these gay actors off to a nice “acting camp” with cremation ovens and gas chambers, so they can practice their “death scenes”, right Semaphore? You and your ilk would just love that, wouldn’t you?

      • TJ

        Ooooh, you broke out a Nazi reference, I guess we just HAVE to take what you say seriously now. What a cheap ploy to make a pointless comment sound less dumb than it was.

      • Peter

        I agree with “anonymous” about the poor cargvoee. Since the days of KJAZ, 92.7 has been a weak frequency, barely audible in the East Bay on the other side of the Caldicott tunnel.But I don’t necessarily agree with Brian about the San Francsico political influence. The Supervisor’s resolution uses the word “encourage” not “dictate.”

    • Jane

      No. What’s scandalous is Artie’s white shoes in this pic.

    • Cathie McFADDEN

      Just because you don’t know an actor is gat doesn’t mean that they’re not. This article is ridiculous, just like your homophobic comments. They are ACTORS.They are talented.

    • Shiny

      I loved that Kenneth Brannagh cast Denzel Washington to play Keanu Reeves Brother, and that sci fi shows like Eureka, Battlestar and Trek have cast gay and minority actors in top roles. It’s not a perfect world; it seems like no group of friends that hang out in coffee shops or bars can even include minority actors, but at least NPH is breaking barriers by integrating a hit show. After Will & Grace it’s odd to see Newsweek backsliding on equal rights. It’s 2010 people, there’s no reason why the great actors working on great roles should expect discrimination.

      • Amanda

        Amen for the Much Ado About Nothing reference! I was about to make that as well..

    • Scott

      Oh Please, saying people don’t buy gay actors in straight roles would pretty much mean that 90% of all hollywood movies for the past 100 years would have to be thrown out. It’s a stupid comment.

    • Straight Up

      Meh to the whole “controversy”

    • Rosalie

      I agree that it may be a distraction to see some out gay actors playing a straight role. It’s like when Jennifer Aniston played a cashier, I just didn’t buy it because I knew she is hyper rich and could never work in a supermarket. I also have a hard time believing that Robert Downy Jr. plays a super hero because he has been a drug addict in the past, something no real super hero would do. I mean, get real….it’s acting, you pretend to be something you’re not!

    • jennab

      I think Sean Hayes was happy to play a completely “swishy” stereotype on W & G, and now it may be hard for people to get that indelible character out of their minds when he’s playing anything other than a gay stepnfetchit.

    • jd

      Um….Cary Grant? Rock Hudson? Both gay. Both made a career of playing it straight, on and off screen.

      • Amanda

        Cary Grant was actually bisexual… Rock Hudson definitely was gay though.

      • Amy

        How about the guy who played Mr. Brady…totally would never have believed he was gay until he was outed…

    • Jam

      This isnot news, this is opinion. In america we have the right to our opinions. Right or wrong it doesn’t matter. The only way to overcome is to persevere. Boycotts aren’t going to send the message unless you were boycotting a gay magazine for anti gay comments. Work towards understanding. When you ignore the belittling comments and focus on those who don’t discriminate and keep to your values you’ll overcome.

    • PiratesDaughter

      Brilliant. I love how as Newsweek is purchased and their Editor is trying to make pleas for more readership then they allow this to happen. Was this their lame attempt at scandal for sake of publicity? Well there is such a thing as bad publicity and I have no plans to renew my subscription. Best of luck to their ignorance.

    • dacky

      The TRUTH S?Two words can dispel this bigoted crap: Rock Hudson. He was one of the biggest leading men in movies for 20 years and no one doubted his believability.I’d seen Grof in several straight parts and had no idea he was gay till I read it in an interview! Sean is a little trickier since he is forever associated as the uber-gay Jack rather than being gay himself. Did people not believe Sean Penn as Milk ’cause he’s straight? Or Tom Hanks in Philadelpia? Seems like they did since they both got Oscars for them!

    • kristen

      “the truth” is that gay actors can’t play straight? hah.

      Newsweek sucks already– it had an article on education a while ago that said something akin to “those who can, do; those who can’t, teach”… a statement almost as offensive as it is incorrect.

    • RED

      SIR IAN MCKELLAN, TOTALLY GAY, GREAT ACTOR. RUPERT EVERETT, SERIOUSLY GAY, GREAT ACTOR, CHAD ALLEN, SEXY GAY, GREAT ACTOR. DAVID HYDE PIERCE, FUNNY GAY, GREAT ACTOR. LET’S GET OVER IT. GAY OR STARIGHT, WHEN I WATCH THEM ON SCREEN OR ON TV I COULD CARE LESS ABOUT WHO THEY SLEEP WITH. BTW, THE GUY WHO PLAYS JESSE ST JAMES, GAY HOTTIE, GREAT ACTOR! SORRY ABOUT ALL CAPS, MY CAPS LOCK KEY IS STUCK.

    • Mark Greene

      Do you people have any idea how many closeted gay people have been successful “straight” actors over the last 75 years? The posts here about gay men not being able to play straight roles are pathetic.

    • Jack

      Tabata swim this morning- 178 mertes career high, seen lots of improvement. Good Mornings- 135lbs/5sets/5reps. Circuit- 95lb. Power Clean, not sure on Box height- 4:33 minutes. I was really excite about swim distance and I haven’t done a Tabata swim in a while.

  • ml

    I still think this whole thing is being blown waaaaaay out of proportion. But whatever. Who even reads Newsweek for TV and movie stuff anyway?

    • SFNative

      I beg to differ. I am a gay man, and I was deeply offended by the article that dared to say that I am incapable solely because of who I am. I respect myself too much to let this indignity go unnoticed.

      • Carrie

        I appreciate why you would feel offended. I don’t think the article says you (or any gay person) would be incapable, I think it’s about the AUDIENCE perception when they *know* someone is gay. It may not be morally right, but it is probably true. I think for meaningful progress to be made we have to deal with the realities of the world. Not saying it’s right, just saying it is a valuable point of view.

      • Grace

        as well you should be. the article isn’t wrong because it makes a performance about sexuality when that had nothing to do with it. He could have just said it was a bad performance, Hayes’ sexuality was irrelevant.

      • GTL

        Knowing things about an actor DOES color the audience perception of a performance. I know women who used to swoon when Booth gave those loving looks on “Bones.” Now that David Boreanaz came out about his infidelity… not so much.

      • OMGq

        Carrie, just keep stickin to your guns, no matter how lame the argument is. By your logic that would mean that because I KNOW Meryl streep is from the States I wouldn’t be able to let myself believe her performance in Sophie’s Choice. Or, because I know she’s a skinny American girl that Renee Z. in Bridget Jone’s Diary was believeable. Or Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs. Or Jodie Foster in any movie where she’s played opposite a man. Just keep spinning Carrie. The fact is that when it comes to acting – especially in today’s world where we know EVERYTHING about celebs thanks to US magazine and TMZ – we have to suspend reality every time we go to a movie. The ONLY time preception comes into play is when you have a bias against whatever it is that you are picking up on. Obviously for you, the fact that Brad Pitt has 21 children probably wouldn’t make you question his performance as a single man on the prowl. But because you have an issue with gay people you refuse to let yourself believe a gay actor playing straight.

      • Rafinha

        Gay men, esipceally leathermen should observe the correct hag protocols they should never allow their hags to be permitted in something as sacred as men’s leatherspace.

    • Sally in CHICago

      As an out lesbian I too am offended. This article is just irresponsible. the whole point of acting is to take on another persona – otherwise it wouldn’t be acting.

      • Pam P

        did you read the article? I am not trying to be a smart ass, I am asking honestly. I have read the blurbs from the original on other blogs and finally just went to the source and read it as it was originally published. I think a lot of what this man said is being taken out of context and more than anything he is posing a question. Please the original article. thank you for your time.

      • Brooke

        I read the article, and as a straight woman, I was offended. This was just wrong on so many levels.

      • murley

        i read the article and found it offensive. i think this is a very current issue as the gay community is fighting for equality on many levels and something like this should not go by unchallenged.

      • paula

        @Pam:
        I read the original article and I was offended, even thought I’m straight. He is not taken out of context, he is insulting a lot of people who had the courage to out themselves, and also their family and friends.

    • KNeff

      blah blah blah blah blah blah blah…that’s all I hear! It’s okay to disagree with what is being shoved down our throats these days.
      Quit taking things so personal. Your opinions do not and will not always agree with others opinions.
      That’s reality.

      • Glenn

        Is there, like, some handbook where every homophobe on earth has to use the phrase “shoved down our throats” like some flashing banner on the side of a blimp screaming in twenty-five foot tall glow-in-the-dark letters “Freudian Slip”?

        Plus, I believe your rentboy is waiting for you at the airport with your luggage.

      • TM

        Give me a break! If you’re gay, you get to have straight culture shoved down your throat all day, every day. The minute people who are gay ask to be treated with respect, lots of straights freak out. The solution is really simple. Let gays and lesbians live their lives without discrimination, and you won’t have to hear “blah blah blah” any more.

      • Machunny

        @ TM: Well said. I’d like to add the same goes for atheists, but I fear that will lead to an even nastier discussion.

  • Laura

    Good for him! I was incensed when I read that article! How dare anyone question actors and who really cares what their sexuality is? Jonathan Groff is a very handsome man and he plays off Lea Michelle brilliantly! Who cares if he’s an openly gay man? Same with Sean Hayes. Why must we stereotype people? On Will and Grace, Eric McCormack was a straight man playing a gay man, should we condemn him for playing a gay man as a straight man? This is just ridiculous. I guess Naveen Andrews should be condemned for playing an Iraqi, when he is clearly not one? It’s all a bunch of hogwash.

    • mccliza

      Right on, Laura; you said it very well! Newsweek has long been irrelevant.

      • PixxieTrixxie

        I think this is just a lame way for Newsweek to attempt to become relevant again. It is another case of “there is no bad publicity”. This magazine is in trouble, if not completely dead, and it is choosing controversial subject matter in order to get on the radar again. Unfortunately, they chose to hurt a lot of people to do it – and just because a gay person makes these statements does not make what is being said acceptable. Shame on Newsweek.

      • Nada

        . I’m just ahsemad that Americans in 2010 still can’t think outside the box. Times are changing people but human hearts still beat the same..we all need to respect that. 0

      • Tarwanto

        I’m deosppaintid that the snob did not pick up on the dueling banjos at the start of the radio segment. It seems to me that any association with certain characters in “Deliverance” does not help their case.

    • Jeri

      I knew Jonathan Groff was gay before watching him on Glee, and I don’t care. I have such a big crush on him! He has great chemistry with Lea and such a sexy voice and he’s hot and I really need to get a grip…

      • Karrah

        WORD! Jonathan Groff is sexy.

      • Amy

        TOTALLY AGREE! Johnathan Groff had such a sultry voice it makes me melt…I don’t care how good or bad his acting is (I think he and Lea are great together…and should be considering they are basically best friends in real life) and actually find them more believable as Jesse and Rachel than as Wendla and Melchior, to be honest!

  • Bobo

    Oh God Ryan Honey, please: chill out.

    • aletersnick

      way to live up to your reputation as a clown, Bobo.

  • confused

    Im confused by this Newsweek article. Isn’t the challenge of acting to play someone different then yourself? Whats this writer trying to say exactly?

  • RifaG

    I can’t believe that Mr Setoodeh doesn’t see how his piece fits into a larger homophobic and bigoted culture that is detrimental to people’s self worth. Having an opinion about the believablity of actors is fine and encouraged but extrapolating that out into a foolish generalization is bad journalism and bad research. Read an effin book MR Setoodeh

  • bill

    while newsweek’s bigotry is stunning, it’s among the best things that could’ve happened to gay awareness.

    • ml

      The best thing to happen to gay awareness? Please tell me you’re joking!

      I thought the gay and lesbian community has more bigger issues to deal with like getting gay marriage approved. But if you all want to waste your time victimizing yourselves over every little thing…like one gay’s opinion as to whether or not gays can act, then go ahead. It’s only gonna push back your desire for “progress” even more than it already has.

      • Mel

        Actually, ml, I disagree with you. It might not be “the best” thing to happen, but at least I makes people realize that gay people are being wrongly discriminated against. Many people choose to ignore that fact and pretend that it doesn’t happen. As ignorant and rude as this article was, it does raise awareness.

      • murley

        so gay people are only allowed to fight for one right?

  • Courtney

    “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.”
    I don’t think that is a good analogy to the article at all.

    Anyways, the article was stupid and made little logical sense. But I’m not gonna boycott Newsweek for posting online the ridiculous opinions of one dude.

  • stevegee

    NO ONE reads Newsweek anymore anyway. Its dead. Dont boycott it – ignore it. It will soon be gone. Let it fade away.

    • SFNative

      If no one really reads Newsweek, then it wouldn’t be in existence; obviously, it has a sizable audience. Boycotting the magazine sends a message that all people should be treated with dignity and respect. Martin Luther King Jr. once said that “power can never be given, it must be taken.” That means that you don’t let it fade away; you instead demand an apology.

      • Jim

        Actually, no one does read Newsweek anymore. The Washington Post, the company that currently owns NW, recently announced that they want to sell it because it’s losing money hand over fist. Circulation has dropped under 2 million–about 1/7 what it was just a few years ago. So, boycott away. You could just be the final nail in the coffin.

      • stevegee

        Boycotting just gives it attention. Let it fade like a bad stinky.

      • Wickeddoll

        I cancelled my NW subscription about 6 months ago, mostly because a lot of it is available online at msnbc.com, and I just didn’t have time to read it. It’s ridiculously cheap, like $100 for 4 years, or something like that. But print is having a hard time all around, so the drop in revenue isn’t surprising.

  • Kim

    Freedom of speech, dude. How dare Newsweek think otherwise. I don’t read Newsweek anyway, but having your feelings hurt is a petty reason to boycott

    • Austin

      But isn’t Ryan Murphy’s decision to boycott Newsweek a display of Ryan’s freedom of speech????

    • Hayley!

      Freedom of the press, Kim, is what allows Newsweek to print articles. All the other first amendment rights pertain to your interaction with the government. Oh, and allows for boycotting any private company, product, goods, services or platform you don’t want to support financially because you disagree with them – god, how dare Ryan Murphy decide who he will and will not give his money to? Newsweek can decide whether or not it cares to retract without your help.

      Freedom of speech is not freedom from anyone criticizing your speech, it’s freedom from getting arrested for smack talking governmental policies. Go back to high school before you use your misunderstanding of the first amendment to try and restrict more people’s rights.

      • jem

        THANK YOU! I get so annoyed when people don’t understand the basic tenets of the Constitution, but try to talk about them like they do.

      • Grace

        So true. People always trivialize it, justifying their hatred and hurtful lies/comments on “but I have freedom of speech!”. It’s ridiculous and extremely simplistic.

    • Ike

      Sorry, Kim, but if you think that Ryan’s — or anyone’s — displeasure and disgust at the implications of the Newsweek article are about “feelings being hurt” you’re still missing the point. No one’s upset about sitting in the back of the bus because they have a bad hip. Making blanket generalizations about actors’ abilities based on outdated stereotypes and personal, internalized prejudices, is pretty insulting, degrading and juvenile. It has no place in a “news” magazine.

    • Flyer

      It’s not about hurt feelings, it’s about being outraged that an ignorant and hurtful idea is being published in a national magazine, which could be perceived by some readers as actually giving the idea legitimacy. Would you be as dismissive if Newsweek next published an essay suggesting that women stay at home, avoid books and the Intranet (because their physically smaller brains can’t handle intensive thinking) and limit themselves to cooking, cleaning and taking care of family members? And how would you feel when you saw some responses to that article espousing SUPPORT of such an idea?

    • SFNative

      Kim, with your comment, I wouldn’t be surprised if you were ignorant, homophobic and possibly bigoted. All people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, including you, and including me. This is how adults interact in our society, and this is what allows society to function effectively.

    • katiemariie

      There’s a difference between trying to get the government to censor or shut down Newsweek, and promoting a public boycott of Newsweek until they apologize to their readership. Murphy isn’t trying to get all magazines that print homophobic articles shut down by the US government. No, he’s encouraging the American people to stop buying a magazine that has published hate speech. Murphy isn’t saying that hate speech shouldn’t be allowed; he’s saying that consumers should discourage companies from containing hate speech in their products.

      Freedom of speech means that you can say or write whatever you want without government reprisal. It doesn’t mean people don’t have the right to respond negatively to stupid, hateful things said.

    • anonymous

      So…Newsweek has the right to say their opinion, but other people don’t have the right to say that it’s stupid. Glad you cleared that up for me.

  • twiz

    The Glee hype is starting to die down. Maybe Ryan Murphy is just trying to ignite some buzz again?

    • Whatup

      Or maybe it’s actually an issue he really cares about? Not everyone has ulterior motives, buddy-o.

    • Brett

      To be slightly more accurate, the “Glee” “hype” isn’t dying down. It’s still being hyped to death. Music from the show sells very well on CD’s and on iTunes.

  • veronica

    Right on, Ryan!

  • Blake

    How many people actually read this article before they heard about it on ew or some other sight? I think ew might actually be doing the opposite of what they originally intended by giving this article so much exposure. And I disagree about the boycotting, while I feel the original article was completely wrong, freedom of speech needs to be protected and the writer should be allowed to have his opinions.

    • Elizabeth

      Just as EW and others are allowed under that same freedom of speech to voice their disagreement wholeheartedly thru articles and campaigned boycotts.

    • Hayley!

      Newsweek is the press. Entertainment Weekly is THE PRESS. No one is speaking. IT IS FREEDOM OF THE PRESS.

      • Blake

        Fine, freedom of press, but my argument remains the same. While I agree ew should have the right to disapprove of the article,honestly in this case I dont feel like its going to do any good. If anything this is just allowing more people to read the newsweek article. I completely agree that the message of newsweek article is wrong but I think that doing this could just cause more problems.

      • Heather Feather

        Thanks for being the voice of reason in this whole debate, Haley.

      • Brett

        This isn’t a freedom of the press issue. No one is saying that the author of the opinion piece in Newsweek isn’t entitled to publish his opinion. No one is saying Newsweek doesn’t have the right to publish it. The press is supposed to be free from GOVERNMENTAL restrictions. However, the Constitution does NOT preclude the public boycotting a publication because people don’t like what the publication is saying.

      • Cat

        Actually Brett, that’s exactly what Ryan is asking him to do. Apologize for his opinion, to take back what he said, to take his right to say his piece away from him. I’m all for escapism and usually the actor’s personal life, although entertaining, isn’t going to change my enjoyment level of their work. However, I recently found myself not wanting to watch a movie due to the actor’s personal choices… Mel Gibson. So the article’s actual premise, that personal lives of actors can effect their careers, is spot on. Just not only in the case of sexuality, which he made the mistake of focusing on in his article.

    • murley

      exposing the ignorance of this article to a larger audience is a good thing. bring the debate to the national stage.

      • Kellie

        This is not about ignorance. This article is one writers opinion, that people are free to agree or disagree with. I don’t think there’s that much more going on here.

    • Mike

      Ryan Murphy using his freedom of speech to organize a boycott of Newsweek does absolutely nothing to their freedom to print what they like. The Constitution says that CONGRESS shall make no law abridging the freedom of the press. If the press decides to bow to public pressure (from people exercising their right to free expression), no censorship has taken place, no abridging of the free press has taken place. This is why we need civics classes in our schools.

    • Laura

      Sure the author is allowed to have his opinions, but people are also allowed to be offended by them, speak out against them, and choose not to spend their money on a product that endorses them.
      Freedom of speech has nothing to do with it.

    • MG

      yes, and by the same token, we have the right to boycott it.

    • jh

      Newsweek’s website has a much bigger readership than EW’s. For one thing, it’s linked with MSNBC’s website.

  • lisa

    Newsweek has long been irrelevant. I’m torn. I agree with Ryan’s condemnation. But to call attention to Newsweek only helps boost Newsweek’s newsstand sales and Web site page views – which defeats the purpose of a boycott.

    • Dude

      That’s the same old argument people make in these situations. It’s much better to take a stand for what you believe in than to allow these things to go unchallenged. We wouldn’t have made the changes in civil rights that we have without boycotts and other protests. “Ignoring” just perpetuates the status quo.

      • lisa

        Point taken. Like I said, I’m torn. I’d rather that Newsweek not make money off this controversy, but the truth is, they will and already are. And I get that it’s important for Ryan to take a stand – I’m glad he did. What I’m not sure about is whether calling for a boycott is necessarily the best approach. Perhaps a move like having the open letter printed in Time, Newsweek’s nemesis/rival, and telling Glee fans to post their comments in Time’s Web site is a better “up yours” stategy.

  • Straight Up

    People only love the Jonathan Groff casting because he was cast with Lea Michele in Spring Awakening. No one outside of Manhattan has any idea who Groff is or what Spring Awakening is, which is just fine.

    • katiemariie

      Except, you know, the legions of teenage girls who love Spring Awakening and saw it on tour.

    • Matt

      Hmm, I live on the West Coast and I knew who Jonathan Groff was when he was hired for Spring Awakening — and wonder of wonders, I even know what the show is about, too!

      So, “Straight Up,” I think you need to zip your lip and go back under your rock. Your trolling is all rather ineffective. =)

      • Larry

        Matt: why am I pretty sure by “West Coast” you really mean Frisco?

    • LAJackie

      I haven’t even seen Spring Awakening and I knew who Jonathan Groff was.

      • Brooke

        I did too. I wasn’t aware that he was gay, but it hasn’t done anything to change my opinion about him.

    • ellie

      I never saw “Spring Awakening,” live in the Midwest and had no idea who Jonathan Groff was before “Glee.” And I think he’s FANTASTIC as Jesse St. James. I had zero idea before this editorial that he was gay, nor do I see why it matters. Yeah, the original editorial writer has a right to his opinion, but the rest of us have a right to point out that it’s a massively stupid opinion.

    • murley

      never heard of him before the show. saw him for the first time in hello. LOVE HIM. great addition to the cast and i hope he is around in some capacity next season.

    • Brett

      There are people aware of what happens on Broadway outside of New York.

      • Tim

        @Brett – Sure, the kind of people that would be on this message board. I mean no offense by that, just that this is a website dedicated to entertainment, so I’d figure the people on here are probably more in the know on stuff like this than most.

      • Larry

        Straight Up’s point is made in this thread. Half the people on an entertainment website had no idea who he was before Glee.

      • Madeleine

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