Glee Creator Vs. Newsweek?

By Krystle Carmona

Can gay men play straight characters and actually come across the tube believably? Well according to Ramin Setoodeh, a pop culture writer for Newsweek online…No! Yea, you read right.

Blasphemy! (I know) and clearly I wasn’t the only one who shared these same feelings, because for the second time in a short period of time, Newsweek was a subject underneath the scope once again and not for good praise.

My little gleeks, remember a few episodes back when Jonathan Groff was introduced as Rachel’s new love interest? Well while we were all gushing over the new love addition and wicked musical scenes, Setoodeh was watching in disgust at Groff’s portrayal as a straight man. He simply but vocally stated that gay men playing straight characters isn’t quite believable.

Ryan Murphy, the genius behind this phenom called Glee, spoke out against the magazine by asking everyone to boycott until Newsweek offered an apology to gay actor, Sean Hayes, who was ridiculed by Newsweek just a couple of weeks ago for his performance in Broadway’s “Promises, Promises” ; and gay readers around the world who read the magazine. Not only was Murphy disgusted at the direction of the post, but its’ reckless use of the word ‘queen,’ an adjective Setoodeh used to describe Groff’s performance in Glee. Murphy, tackling on the point that it’s still pretty sad these stereotypes still exist is just the second celebrity in a matter of weeks to have felt outraged by this magazine.

So what’s up with Newsweek? I mean isn’t it supposed to be amongst the more credible and tasteful publications out there? Well, lately that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Setoodeh tried to argue his original post through a new online posting, bringing to point the scarcity of gay lead actors. Many voiced opinions came towards Setoodeh. One in which involved GLAAD President, who felt Setoodeh’s second posting was just to cover up his original article, which was offensive and well, rude! He also felt that Newsweek was ultimately responsibly for even allowing the posting to hit mass media and that an apology should be issued as well.

Ramin Setoodeh, who is actually a gay man himself sticks to his opinion only taming it down a bit, turning it into a more analytical piece on the lack of gay leading roles in the industry. However, he still continues to stay true to his opinion on gay actors playing straight men. Murphy, extended an invitation to Setoodeh to the Glee set so that he may introduce him to what his eyes may not see as well as to educate him on a community, to which he is apart of.



  1. i am a certified Gleek and i really love the TV Show GLEE. Diana is very pretty ,”~

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