Glee creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed that Newsweek writer Ramin Setoodeh will pay a visit to the set of Glee and sit down with the show’s writers.
Murphy is clearly trying to educate the man who recently wrote an incredibly annoying and immature article about openly gay actors not being able to convincingly play straight characters. Among those he cited was Glee cast member Jonathan Groff.
Here is part of an open letter Murphy published in Entertainment Weekly:
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.
Along with inviting him into our Glee writers room, I will also let him observe our casting process…so he can witness first hand — and speak to — actors who audition for our show and who are already series regulars — actors who are encouraged to read for ALL roles, no matter what their sexual orientation, color or gender. Who cares who you are or who you sleep with — men, women, sheep — frankly, it’s none of our business or concern. The actor with the best audition should get the part. 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.
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.
I applaud Murphy for being willing to make this effort. Personally, I would feel better about giving a lot of attention to this guy if he ends up evolving into a more emotionally intelligent gay man who works out his issues before he spills them onto the pages of a major publication like Newsweek.
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