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Gay actors and Straight parts………

Personally I don’t care…….

If they can act…..

Let them do their craft…….

Who cares what they do in their private lives…..


Newsweek’s Ramin Setoodeh wrote an article a few weeks ago arguing that gay actors had a hard time playing straight people, and the outcry basically broke the Internet. Blogs ripped Setoodeh into confetti. Actress Kristin Chenoweth called him “horrendously homophobic.” Gleecreator Ryan Murphy called for his fans to boycott Newsweek.

Setoodeh’s argument was silly. The response was silly, too. Setoodeh saw a play called Promises, Promises starring Sean Hayes (the best friend from Will & Grace) and didn’t think Hayes was a convincing straight guy. Also, he watched an episode of Glee and thought another gay actor playing straight came off like a “theater queen.” In the real world, two unconvincing performances in a week is, you know, two unconvincing performances in a week. For Setoodeh, it was part of a larger trend: gay actors can’t play straight!

He probably should have kept the thought to himself. Or rented Return of the King. Gay actors play straight all the time: Neil Patrick Harris in How I Met Your Mother; David Hyde Pierce inFrasier; Ian McKellen in Lord of the Rings, and X-Men, and everything.

Gay actors face serious challenges in film and television. The last thing they need is Newsweekknocking their chops because a couple of them weren’t sufficiently macho in musicals some guy saw last week.

More…….. on the back and forth……..

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May 16, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women |

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  2. I am HEATED

    Jodie Foster– has done PHENOMENAL in her acting career playing as a straight lady

    and Peter O’Toole– aint no temp

    Mr Brady was a great beacon of guidance as a straight man on The Brady Bunch

    and Darren was funny on BEWITCHED

    and SOON Jim Carey and Ewan McGregror will be on the BIG SCREEN as gay men in I LOVE YOU PHILIP MORRIS

    grrr.. cant act OUTLANDISH

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 16, 2010 | Reply

  3. Life goes on……

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 16, 2010 | Reply

  4. today my Operator told me “Life gets worse and harder”

    this is not encouraging

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 16, 2010 | Reply

  5. You take it one step at a time…….

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 17, 2010 | Reply

  6. here is the trailer for the upcoming Jim Carey flick

    I am excited

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 17, 2010 | Reply

  7. I was so upset I forget to include the greatest living female actress.. Lindsay Lohan

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 17, 2010 | Reply

  8. Lindsay Lohan????

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 17, 2010 | Reply

  9. Jim Carey is splitting from Jenny McCarthy

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 17, 2010 | Reply

  10. yes

    she can out act any female

    greatest female actress Lindsay

    greatest male actor Ed Norton

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 17, 2010 | Reply

    • Ed Norton I a can see…

      Lohan?….She’s a stretch…

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 17, 2010 | Reply

  11. Jim Carey is splitting from Jenny McCarth
    —————-

    I know I read it in the Tabloids

    supposedly he had too many mood swings for Jenny

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 17, 2010 | Reply


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