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Thursday May 13, 2010 11:16 am

Glee Creator Demands Newsweek Boycott




Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Movies, Television,

Jonathan Groff, Lea MicheleUPDATE: Ramin Setoodeh, the author of the Newsweek article, will be sitting down with Murphy and the other Glee writers.

Newsweek may have recently fired the first bullet in a media war. A recent in the mag has been labeled everything from “antiquated” (Entertainment Weekly) to “horrendous” (Kristen Chenoweth). The article deals with the hot-button topic of homosexuality, alleging both that A) homosexual actors are not convincing in straight roles; and that B) we as an audience cannot accept homosexual actors in straight roles. The Newsweek piece mentions Glee star Jonathan Groff, who is playing Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) love interest Jesse St. James, and several other openly homosexual actors and actresses.

creator Ryan Murphy has come forward in the press, urging people to boycott Newsweek as a result. He says the article is “damaging, needlessly cruel and mind-blowingly bigoted.” “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,” Murphy said in a statement. He found it “shocking” that “Newsweek went ahead and published such a blatantly homophobic article in the first place.”

“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,” Murphy stated.

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In the article that started all the drama, writer Ramin Setoodeh calls TV/Broadway actor Sean Hayes “the queeny Jack on Will & Grace,” and Glee’s a “theater queen.” One statement reads: “While it’s OK for straight actors to play gay (as Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger did in Brokeback Mountain), it’s rare for someone to pull off the trick in reverse. [Portia] De Rossi and [Neil Patrick] Harris do that on TV, but they also inhabit broad caricatures, not realistic characters like the ones in Up in the Air or even The Proposal.”

The Washington Post has that Newsweek finally responded to some of the criticism by saying the article was “a thoughtful, honest essay on a controversial topic. It’s unfortunate that [Setoodeh’s] argument has been misunderstood and he has been unfairly accused of bigotry.”

And that’s not all. The statement continues: “We also hope we still get our advance copies of Glee because here at we’re among the show’s biggest fans (even the straight folks).” That’s a direct quote from Newsweek via The Washington Post, parent company to the magazine (though, it should be noted that Newsweek is currently up for sale).

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