Ramin Setoodeh, the gay Newsweek writer who penned that nasty article claiming that gays can never convincingly play straight roles. Then followed that up with another article blaming the people who were offended by it for being offended. Then followed that up with a failed “Let’s Rewrite History” tour. That was then punctuated by yet another Newsweek article where the interviewer of GLAAD’s Jarrett Barrios and Dustin Lance Black inexplicably attempted to verbally rewrite the original article.
As part of the fallout, “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy wrote an open letter to Setoodeh, calling for a boycott of Newsweek but inviting Setoodeh to meet. In a new statement, Murphy confirms that Setoodeh has accepted his offer:
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 my telephone conversation with him, Mr. Setoodeh mentioned how he feels cornered, misunderstood and unfairly attacked. I look forward to hearing his reasons for writing the article, and will of course listen with an open heart and mind. Vicious anonymous attacks — which Mr. Setoodeh feels he has been subjected to over the past two days — aren’t cool or acceptable, and get us no where. What DOES move the ball forward is education and a fair and open dialogue, and I want Mr. Setoodeh to know that all of us at Glee are committed to that, and encourage it.
I’m with Murphy on keeping an open mind and heart and all that, but let’s not forget that Setoodeh has a history of writing nasty pieces about effeminate gays. Who can ever forget that Setoodeh once wrote this about Larry King, the gay teenager who was murdered by a classmate because he was gay: “[King] was a troubled child who flaunted his sexuality and wielded it like a weapon . . . his story sheds light on the difficulty of defining the limits of tolerance.”
What Murphy is doing is a great idea, but people like Alan Cumming — who wrote a scathing takedown of Setoodeh — are obligated to voice their concerns with what Setoodeh has done so often — demonize gay people. Setoodeh feels like he’s back into a corner? Well, he should. That’s where he wrote himself.
Read Ryan Murphy’s full letter on the next page.
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