It started with Ramin Setoodeh's piece in Newsweek arguing that gay actors are unconvincing in straight roles. Setoodeh called out a Glee star by name, and Kristin Chenoweth, also appearing on Glee and starring on Broadway opposite another gay actor criticized by Setoodeh, took to the comments section to berate him.
Now Glee creator Ryan Murphy has joined the fray, issuing an open letter urging people to boycott Newsweek until it apologizes for Setoodeh's article. Business Insider's Joe Pompeo is inclined to see this as a paradoxical win for the faltering weekly ("Finally, Newsweek is getting noticed for something other than being yet another money-losing publication on the block"). But the Glee creator is in earnest:
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 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." He also thinks the magazine should apologize to all gay readers. He concludes by extending an invitation to Setoodeh to visit the Glee set to witness true "inclusiveness" and offers Setoodeh "a free copy of our Madonna CD, on which we cover 'Open Your Heart,' a song [he] should play in [his] house and car on repeat."
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