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Controversial Newsweek author to visit 'Glee' set

Ryan_murphy Forget having a hit career and legions of fans. If you want to pay a visit to the “Glee” set, it seems penning a controversial article is your ticket.

In a second open letter posted on EW.com, Ryan Murphy revealed the now-notorious writer Ramin Setoodeh will join Murphy on the set of his series “Glee” for a little schooling:

"But in better more constructive news: Ramin Setoodeh, the author of the article, reached out to me today and accepted my offer to sit with myself and the writers of Glee — Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan — to discuss not only why we found the piece so offensive, but also to observe our creative process and see how we construct a TV show dedicated exclusively to the idea of inclusiveness and acceptance for all — ideas solely absent in his ‘Straight Jacket’ article."

In addition to meeting with Murphy and the writers, Setoodeh will observe the casting process on Fox’s hit TV show: “On Glee, straight actors play gay roles, gay actors play straight roles and no one is discriminated against. I hope observing this process firsthand — and talking with our cast — will be illuminating to Mr. Setoodeh, and inform his future journalistic endeavors.”

Setoodeh's Newsweek article, “Straight Jacket,” about gay actors playing straight roles, caused a media firestorm in recent weeks. In it, the writer, who is gay, criticized “Glee” actor Jonathan Groff for his “theater-queen” portrayal and said Sean Hayes, who recently revealed he is gay, was unconvincing in his performance as a straight man in the Broadway revival of “Promises, Promises.”

What do you think, Show Trackers? Is a set visit the answer?

— Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy. Credit: Associated Press.


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Comments () | Archives (1)

I don't agree with Setoodeh's opinion, but I defend his right to have it. I abhor the attitudes of Ryan Murphy who thinks that Setoodeh's professional opinion deserves to be censored and boycotted. I find that to be a violation of Mr Setoodeh's right to free expression. Setoodeh's agreement to sit in with the Glee group is pretty brave, because if there was ever a set up, that invite had to be it. It's pretty clear Setoodeh of the two is choosing to take the high road.
As for the opinion itself, an educational opportunity which Murphy and Glee would rather turn into a public stoning, I don't agree with it. It's logically flawed, but it doesn't seem hateful like Murphy. But in some cases I wonder if the writer shares my frustration with the lack of quality acting on TV by both straight and gay actors. I have no doubt one can play the other, but when an actor is lazy, like for example a certain person on a particular nerd themed sit com I am thinking of. And this person can't be bothered to play a role, or stretch themselves into a character for the sake of the show, it does get annoying. When said actor gets an emmy for their efforts then lazy acting becomes institutionalized. Of course, its a sit com..... who needs to act right?
Murphy and crew should concentrate less on Newsweek and more on improving a show that has seriously slipped in quality since the first season. Setoodeh should refocus his complaint on the terrible and lazy acting and writing that has infested TV in general, and Glee should not escape the microscope even if their crew and case are going to be shrill and whiny about it.


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