"Glee" Creator Murphy Calls for Newsweek Boycott | Playbill

PlayBlog "Glee" Creator Murphy Calls for Newsweek Boycott
"Glee" co-creator Ryan Murphy has joined Tony Award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth in condemning a Newsweek article asserting that audiences have difficulty accepting openly gay actors portraying straight characters.

While Chenoweth expressed her anger and concern at what she felt was a "horrendously homophobic" article penned by Ramin Setoodeh, Murphy has gone one step further and called for a boycott of Newsweek Magazine until an apology is made.

In his article "Straight Jacket," Setoodeh took aim at Promises, Promises Tony Award nominee Sean Hayes and "Glee" and Spring Awakening Tony nominee Jonathan Groff as being examples of gay men who are unbelievable when cast in heterosexual roles. Following Chenoweth's response, Setoodeh issued a response, saying his intention "was not to disparage my own community, but to examine an issue that is being swept under the rug" and that he was "hoping to start a dialogue." It looks like he has.

"Glee" writer and director Murphy states in his letter published on EW.com, "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."

Murphy calls upon GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios and others within the community to boycott what he terms a "damaging, needlessly cruel, and mind-blowingly bigoted piece." In calling for his boycott of Newsweek, Murphy continued, "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themselves as 'queeny' people (a word used by Setoodeh in the article) who stand at the back of the bus and embrace an outdated decades old stereotype."

Murphy also invited Setoodeh to visit the "Glee" set and meet with the writing team, so that "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."

Here's a link to the Murphy's full reply.

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