Glee Creator Ryan Murphy Calls for Newsweek Boycott After "Bigoted" Article


Glee creator Ryan Murphy is calling for a boycott after a recent Newsweek article that argues gay actors aren't believable playing straight men.


In an open letter released Tuesday, he called the Newsweek column a "damaging, needlessly cruel and mind-blowingly bigoted piece."


In the piece, writer Ramin Setoodeh labeled Glee guest star Jonathan Groff as "your average theater queen," and characterized Sean Hayes' performance in Broadway's Promises, Promises as "wooden." Hayes' co-star, Kristin Chenoweth released a statement criticizing the column earlier this week.


"This article is as misguided as it is shocking and hurtful," the 43-year-old Murphy wrote. "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 blatant 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."


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