Back on April 26, Newsweek went and posted an absurdly homophobic article on their website that essentially stated that while straight actors play gay roles all the time, gay actors cannot play straight roles. You guys just pray about that ridiculous statement for a minute.
The article mentioned actors like Sean Hayes (formerly Jack on Will and Grace, currently the lead in the Broadway revival of Promises, Promises) and Jonathan Groff (Rachel’s new boyfriend on Glee, also a pretty big deal on Broadway) come off as “wooden and insincere” while playing straight. I have not seen Promises, Promises, but I watch Glee like it’s my job, and Jonathan Groff could seduce the fuck out of anyone, male or female, so you better open your eyes, Newsweek.
Kristin Chenoweth, Sean Hayes’ costar and a guest star on Glee, had some strong words to say about this article:
“This article offends me because I am a human being, a woman and a Christian. For example, there was a time when Jewish actors had to change their names because anti-Semites thought no Jew could convincingly play Gentile. Setoodeh [the author of the article] even goes so far as to justify his knee-jerk homophobic reaction to gay actors by accepting and endorsing that ‘as viewers, we are molded by a society obsessed with dissecting sexuality, starting with the locker room torture in junior high school.’ Really? We want to maintain and proliferate the same kind of bullying that makes children cry and in some recent cases have even taken their own lives? That’s so sad, Newsweek!”
Ryan Murphy, the creator of Glee, has taken this a step further by inviting the president of GLAAD to boycott Newsweek until apologies are made to all actors mentioned in the original article. The author hasn’t apologized, but he has attempted to explain his reasoning and point of view on the issue, and nobody even cares.
I’ve seen all sides of this issue in action, and it seems to be more of an individualized thing. I’ve seen straight actors play gay and vice versa with no problems whatsoever. I played a lesbian once, and nobody told me I was wooden and insincere. I’ve also seen gay boys struggle to butch up as required by certain roles. However, my favorite experience with this issue by far is watching a straight man be completely unable to play a flamboyant gay man. If you have never seen a somewhat insecure straight man attempt to do an elaborate drag routine involving a stripper pole to “Proud Mary” in a gold minidress, I highly recommend it.
May 12, 2010 at 1:40 pm by Emily
This side-by-side comparison video of the Glee and Madonna’s versions of Vogue has been making it’s way around this morning and I had to share it with you. When you see it like this, you can’t deny that what they’re doing over at Glee is pretty impressive, at least in this respect.
Of course this only makes me more excited about a Britney episode of Glee. Her videos are some of the most fun/campy videos ever.
April 25, 2010 at 11:48 am by Molls
Glee‘s Madonna episode just aired and a Lady Gaga episode is in the works as well, so why the hell hasn’t Britney Spears had her episode yet? Britney’s manager asked via Twitter this week, “Do you guys want to see a Britney episode of GLEE?” and ever since that bug was put in my ear, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. YES, I want a Britney episode of Glee! In fact, they should probably stop production on the Lady Gaga episode until they pay The Queen her due.
And while there’s a chance that a Britney episode may happen, I’m confused as to why the biggest pop star we’ve had in years is once again getting the shaft compared to Lady Gaga. I get that FOX needs to cash in on the Gaga craze while she’s still relevant, but she’s only had like, five singles and you know that none of those songs would have been as popular as they were if it weren’t for the music videos that went with them. Someone like Britney or Madonna has had hits that stand on their own two feet up to a decade after they were released. Let’s see if we’re bumping “Bad Romance” in 2020, OK?
I’d also like to see a Christina Aguilera and an Alanis Morissette episode of Glee, although the latter might be a little bit mature for a high school choir. If Justin Bieber gets his own episode before either one of those things go down, I’mma throw a fit.
April 24, 2010 at 10:54 am by Molls
The title isn’t entirely accurate. It’s not really Glee that’s destroying television– it’s the stupidity of network TV executives who like to jump on bandwagons faster than a Duke lacrosse team on a stripper.
The huge success of Glee has led Fox network executives to believe that a Glee-style musically themed week of programs during May sweeps would be a good idea. I was dubious about the wisdom of such a move until they announced that the dark Sci-fi action / mystery series Fringe would be one of the programs to be given the Glee musical treatment. Now I know it’s a terrible idea.
“None of us ever thought that it was really going to happen,” said musically trained co-star Jasika Nicole, who plays loyal FBI agent Astrid Farnsworth, in an interview on the show’s set in Vancouver, Canada, last week. “It was just a joke. We were like, ‘Oh, yeah, Fringe should be a musical.’ Dancing and singing and goofing off and stuff. And then John says, ‘So. you know, there’s going to be a musical episode,’ and I was like, ‘Ha, ha, John,’ and he was like, ‘No, really, have you read the script?’”
The raison d’etre for the musical numbers will be a complex hallucination by the show’s resident mentally unstable genius Walter Bishop that places all the characters in a “highly symbollic” 1940′s era musical setting. Many of the show’s cast members have musical training, but that doesn’t stop this idea from having the potential to be a huge bowl of turds. Remeber that musical episode of Buffy? Say what you want about Joss Whedon’s genius, but personally, I still haven’t forgiven the universe for that one.
The show is set to air on Fox during May sweeps.
March 20, 2010 at 2:01 pm by Kelly
Chris Colfer, Glee‘s Boss Bitch, was on Chelsea Lately last night discussing all things “new celebrity” and he was absolutely adorable. Of course one major topic of conversation is that Chris is an openly gay 19 year old actor, which, according to both him and Chelsea, is a lot less novel than you’d think. After Chelsea spent a moment awkwardly comforting Chris on his decision to be out by applauding his courage, Chris says, “You know what my answer was to that question prior to coming out was? I was as straight as every other actor in Hollywood.” ZING! And then Chelsea was all, “I don’t know what you’re talking about, I’ve never seen Valkyrie.”
Chris also talks about his Glee audition, dealing with paparazzi and his small hometown roots. Oh! And some LA County public school is harassing him about his daughter skipping class.
December 4, 2009 at 10:54 am by Molls
If I’m going to write 25 paragraphs about The Biggest Loser, it’s only fair I give a tiny bit of attention to one of my other favorite shows, the fabulous Glee. Here’s some sneak peeks for the coming week — looks fabulous, per usual!