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Ramin Setoodeh Blames You Homos For Missing the Point of His Straight-For-Pay Essay

There are 11 comments on the www.queerty.com story from May 11, 2010, titled Ramin Setoodeh Blames You Homos For Missing the Point of His Straight-For-Pay Essay. In it, www.queerty.com reports that:

Our inbox has been flowing with questions along the lines of, "How is Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh attacking actors who are gay when he's gay himself?" Indeed, we've been hearing "Setoodeh is gay himself" line for months; we thought it was an accepted fact, but today my editor emailed him to ask him to confirm his sexuality, since he seemed an expert on how members of the gay community are interpreted by mainstream audiences. (He didn't respond.) And in his web-only follow up to that terrible piece about Sean Hayes being too gay to play straight, Setoodeh confirms he's playing for our team. Not that it's going to save him from the lions.

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#1 May 11, 2010
C'mon guys! We all know actors whose voices or personal mannerisms are too inflexible to play a variety of roles and get relegated to character parts or vehicles. Why should it be any different for gay actors? Not all actors have the talents to be the true chameleons that are the master performers.

Get over it already!
Frank Stanton

Saratoga Springs, NY

#2 May 11, 2010
There are plenty of gay actors who played str8 roles effectively. Including, but not limited to: Roddy McDowall, Raymond Burr, Meredith Baxter, Amanda Bearse, Jodie Foster, Robert Reed, Jack Larson, Mel Gibson, etc.

Saying that gay actors cannot convincingly play str8 characters is pure nonsense. Nobody should listen to a fool that says otherwise.

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#3 May 11, 2010
Mel's a brother?? Wow ... how do you figure THAT ???

Since: Apr 10

Fresno, CA

#4 May 11, 2010
Tonight in California on the 10:00 and 11:00 news they are doing a story about this on fox news.

in the teaser for the story, they showed all the news anchors going.."a gay guy can't play a straight guy convincingly?".."tha t's stupid..of course they can...look at Niel Patrick Harris"...

lol..this ought to be an interesting news cast.

“The Buybull is innerrrent.”

Since: Jun 08

Philadelphia, PA

#5 May 11, 2010
I hope when Fox News Channel covers this story that "rumored" Shepard Smith will be the anchor. The cosmetic work he had done around his now lizard like eyes is simply FABULOUS!

“Equality First”

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#6 May 12, 2010
Frank Stanton wrote:
There are plenty of gay actors who played str8 roles effectively. Including, but not limited to: Roddy McDowall, Raymond Burr, Meredith Baxter, Amanda Bearse, Jodie Foster, Robert Reed, Jack Larson, Mel Gibson, etc.
Saying that gay actors cannot convincingly play str8 characters is pure nonsense. Nobody should listen to a fool that says otherwise.
Frank, I think you should delete Mel Gibson and substitute Tab Hunter or Rock Hudson.

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Since: Oct 07

Appleton WI

#7 May 12, 2010
snyper wrote:
C'mon guys! We all know actors whose voices or personal mannerisms are too inflexible to play a variety of roles and get relegated to character parts or vehicles. Why should it be any different for gay actors? Not all actors have the talents to be the true chameleons that are the master performers.
Get over it already!
And not all actors DON'T have "the talents to be the true chameleons that are the master performers."

It's the generalizations and stereotyping that are unfair and offensive, not the fact that there are probably SOME gay actors that would not be good at playing straight. Hell, there are lots of gays who have the straight act down to a tee without even being actors. In fact, I know some gays whose outward "gayness" is really the "act."

But I actually know a lot more gays who you couldn't distinguish from straights just by things like their walk, or mannerisms, or speech, or clothes, etc. I also have known some straight guys who exhibit many of the gay stereotypes, except they're not gay. So it's this whole idea that gay OR straight characters have to act a certain way in order to be convincing of their sexual orientation that is kind of ridiculous.

I'd like to see actors getting away from the idea that all gay people have the same personality, and it would help if writers like Ramin Setoodeh didn't help to perpetuate that ignorance. If he thinks everybody is missing his point, he may want to re-examine his methods of trying to communicate it.

Since: Mar 07

Washington DC

#8 May 12, 2010
RalphB wrote:
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Frank, I think you should delete Mel Gibson and substitute Tab Hunter or Rock Hudson.
Or Tom Cruise or John Travolta...

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Since: Jan 08

Jacksonville, FL

#9 May 12, 2010
This topic is funny, a local radio station did a contest close to this topic, where they asked someone that was gay to be a part of the experiment. I happened to be the gay participant. To make it as fair as possible, they told me that I would get a call, in the coming weeks and to drop what I was doing and make an appearance. The reason was so that I could not modify my behavior. Well, the day came and I showed up at a local grocery store parking lot as instructed. Aside from me there were two other people chosen at random from the location of the contest. The goal was to "pick the gay". They would ask us questions (nothing personal that would give the answer away along the lines, like do you sleep with men) I was asked a multitude of questions even ones that I thought would "out" me and answered them all honestly. You know that nobody picked me as gay. Also, about 10 years ago (wow it's been that long) I was tired of paying all my cash to hang out in bars, so I got a PT job as security at one of the local drag show bars. Even there everyone that didn't know me thought I was straight. Just as Tre H states. My "gay" mannerisms are an act. I love football, played football & Basketball in H.S. prefer heavy/alt rock over dance/disco and could mess up granimals for coordination. There is only one thing that "outs" me as gay, and that is the fact I do not hide my partner Scott and my sexual attraction. Now, what we do in the bed room is NOYB, but it is hardcore gay.

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#10 May 12, 2010
aRodeojock wrote:
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Or Tom Cruise or John Travolta...
Well, we are all free to believe as we want, but I have heard only rumors about both. No fact, just rumors. I guess I'll have to wait quite a while before either of them is truly outed by either themselves or positive proof.

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#11 May 12, 2010
Ditto BR0DY

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