Glee creator Ryan Murphy is calling for readers to boycott Newsweek, after they published an article arguing that gay actors can’t play straight men.
In the piece, writer Ramin Setoodeh labeled Glee guest star Jonathan Groff as “your average theater queen,” and criticised Sean Hayes’ performance in Broadway’s Promises, Promises as “wooden.”
In an open letter Murphy defended his star and called the Newsweek column a “damaging, needlessly cruel and mind-blowingly bigoted piece.”
“This article is as misguided as it is shocking and hurtful,” the 43-year-old 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.”
Murphy went as far as issuing an invitation to Setoodeh to the Glee writers’ room in the hopes of educating the writer.
“Hopefully, some of the love we attempt to spread will rub off on Mr. Setoodeh — a gay man deeply in need of some education — and he not only apologizes to those he has deeply offended but pauses before he picks up his poison pen again to work through the issues of his own self loathing. Give me a call, Ramin … I’d love to hear from you. I’ll even give you a free copy of our Madonna CD, on which we cover ‘Open Your Heart,’ a song you should play in your house and car on repeat.”