Newsweek Writer Gets Called Out for Saying Gay Actors Cana t Act Straight

May 10, 2010 Full story: Edge San Francisco 13

When Ramin Setoodeh wrote in an April 26 article in Newsweek that gay actors don't seem to do as good a job playing straight roles as straight actors do when playing gay, reader commentary was overwhelmingly negative.

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“Son of Abraham”

Since: Aug 07

Natural Deviant

#1 May 10, 2010
So this guy is getting his whole theory from watching Sean Hayes on stage? It's unreal this guy actually write for Newsweek.

“Proud to be Mahu”

Since: Sep 07

Sacramento, CA

#2 May 10, 2010
How many actors were in the Celluloid closet again? What a moron!
Creative1

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

#3 May 10, 2010
Realize that NEWSWEEK is on life support.

Its circulation is dropping like a rock.

Both people that read the article disagreed with it.

Since: Dec 08

Toronto, ON, Canada

#4 May 10, 2010
What a moron, If people are asked to accept Tom Hanks playing a gay guy, then why can't they accept a gay man playing a straight guy. This loser should find a new job.

Sei

Since: Nov 08

Rutland, VT

#5 May 10, 2010
Well, I can't act straight. I've tried. I mean, i just cannot act straight. I can't act gay either. I can't act period!
Speedieg

United States

#6 May 10, 2010
Well Ramin, I could say something ugly about Muslim writers not being as good as Christian writers but I won't.
Leftatalbuquerqu e

Toronto, Canada

#7 May 10, 2010
What a maroon!
MrSir

Lansing, MI

#8 May 10, 2010
Lets just hope the "Readers" are SMARTER then the "Writer"

“IMHO....”

Since: Jan 08

Here and there

#9 May 10, 2010
Muslim, do we know that?

Iranian American Gay man from Fresno who went to Stanford -- isn't that punishment enough? Apparently the gays in Iran are pretty good at acting straight, or they're killed.

Anyway, it seems Ahmadinejad and Ramin are both experts at sizing up who doesn't act straight enough.

“Queer love is here to stay.”

Since: May 07

Los Angeles

#10 May 10, 2010
Yeah, right. No one EVER bought Rock Hudson as a heterosexual. What an idjit!

Since: Jun 09

United States

#11 May 10, 2010
I'm sorry, but Neil Patrick Harris on How I Met Your Mother proves this guy is wrong.

Plus, gay people are great at acting stright, since so many times when one of them comes out everyone says "OMG i had no idea!".
Mr Green

United States

#12 May 11, 2010
This is absurd!

A good actor can play ANY role. They can play a hero, a villain, they can play the lead or just some extra. They can play any role that any writer can write.

I often find myself amazed at those people (albeit a small number of people) who think that a professional entertainer's personal life and stage life are somehow intertwined. Thank goodness those people are few and far between. But they do exist.

Although most of the ones I've seen are teenagers or pre-teens, who will (hopefully) grow out of it eventually. Rarely does it come from a professional writer. Newsweek should be ashamed.

“Created Equal”

Since: Feb 08

USA

#13 May 11, 2010
Houyhnhnm wrote:
Muslim, do we know that?
Iranian American Gay man from Fresno who went to Stanford -- isn't that punishment enough? Apparently the gays in Iran are pretty good at acting straight, or they're killed.
Anyway, it seems Ahmadinejad and Ramin are both experts at sizing up who doesn't act straight enough.
What? Why there are no gays in Iran! Ahmadinejad said so at Columbia University!

As for the writer of the article, I bet he couldn't act his way out of a dry cleaning bag. His whole Newsweek column read like a bitchy queen who's jealous of someone else's talent.

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