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Friday May 14, 2010 7:11 am

The Glee, Newsweek Summit is On

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Music, Television, Rivalries, Rumors,

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The is well on its way to being resolved peacefully - and without any media back-and-forth bickering. Recently, writer Ramin Setoodeh wrote a controversial article regarding homosexual actors and actresses. In it, he named new Glee cast member Jonathan Groff and made quite a few remarks about the actor’s inability to play a straight love interest to actress Lea Michele.

co-creator Ryan Murphy fired back after the article was published, demanding a boycott of the entire magazine. In a (considerably lengthy) statement to Setoodeh, and by extension the world, Murphy extended “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…”

In response, Ramin Setoodeh has accepted the offer. This oughtta be good.

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The writer will sit with Murphy and show writers Brad 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.”

Setoodeh will also have the opportunity to observe the show’s casting process “so he can witness first hand - and speak to - actors who audition for [Glee] 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.”

Murphy didn’t just offer up jabs aimed at and Setoodeh - in fact, he defended the writer. “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 has had 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.”

First, Newsweek. Tomorrow, maybe Ryan Murphy can change the world.



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