Kristin Chenoweth put one Newsweek writer in his place after he penned an article claiming gay actors have difficulty portraying gay characters. Chenoweth gave a fired-up response back that is making waves on the web.
In article which ran in April, Ramin Setoodeh wrote: “While it’s OK for straight actors to play
gay (as Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger did in Brokeback Mountain),
it’s rare for someone to pull off the trick in reverse.”
He continued about how on Glee, when Chenoweth’s co-star Jonathan Groff “smiles or giggles, he seems more like your
average theater queen.” He then dissed another Chenoweth co-star Sean Hayes for his
performance in “Promises, Promises,” (the two pictured together at their curtain call April 25) writing, “Frankly, it’s weird
seeing Hayes play straight. He comes off as wooden and insincere, like
he’s trying to hide something, which of course he is.”
I’m sorry but after having two of your gays get dissed, girl has to fight back!
The usually bubbly star sassily wrote: “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.”
She goes on in her reply, which is on the Newsweek and Playbill website, “No
one needs to see a bigoted, factually inaccurate article that tells
people who deviate from heterosexual norms that they can’t be open
about who they are and still achieve their dreams. I
encourage Newsweek to embrace stories which promote acceptance, love,
unity and singing and dancing for all!”
Don’t forget the singing and dancing for all part.