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
OK, maybe not. They’re actually costars in a Broadway show called Promises, Promises that opened this week. This set of photos intrigues me in large part because of my unhealthy obsession with Kristin Chenoweth (the video evidence is here, if you dare watch), but also because it features Joan Rivers and Katie Finneran bowing to one another, and Candy Spelling wearing what I can best categorize as “devil garb.”
April 26, 2010 at 1:25 am by Evil Beet
Many of you were kind enough to head me in the direction of where I could go watch former Glee episodes so I could catch up. Did I do that? No, not yet. Now, I’ve missed yet another episode with one of my favorites: Kristin Chenoweth. Folks, this weekend the iPhone and Mac are being unplugged until I catch up on this show.
Chenoweth’s voice always amazes me. How does so much sound and strength come out of a person who’s the size of a Pez dispenser? Anyway, last night she sang the always-hopeful “Maybe This Time” from Cabaret, accompanied by Lea Michele (Rachel Berry). You can’t not be happy after listening to this song. And I could be wrong, but I think Beet really enjoyed Kristin’s guest appearance too.
October 1, 2009 at 7:12 am by Wendie
This is for all you Glee and Kristin Chenoweth fans out there. I have yet to catch the critically acclaimed Fox show myself, but everyone I know seems to love it, even though the last two episodes failed to deliver the goods the way the pilot did. However, things will probably start looking up for the show tomorrow night as the pint-sized woman with the huge voice made popular (haha, get it?) for her role in Wicked never fails to disappoint audiences.
September 29, 2009 at 12:33 pm by Molls
Reesey looks absolutely edible at the LA premiere of Four Christmases.
Also there: Kristin Chenoweth, who looks fantastic considering her show just got canned.