The reviews for the broadway revival of Promises, Promises were negative enough, even though most of the critics ignored the real problem—the big pink elephant in the room. The leading man of this musical-romantic comedy is supposed to be an advertising peon named Chuck, who is madly in love with a co-worker Kristin Chenoweth. Hayes is among Hollywood's best verbal slapstickers, but his sexual orientation is part of who he is, and also part of his charm.
Image Credit: Andrew H. No big deal. Before I try to make sense of all this, let me take a moment to help the Broadway-impaired catch up.
Before Jimmy Fallon, Ellen DeGeneresJames Corden, or Andy Cohen adopted the persona of the talk show host as the superfan, there was Rosiewhose daytime show aired from to It was a stark departure from the typical fare then offered in daytime, where other hosts encouraged their scandal-ridden guests to fight. But viewers were ready for something new.
Ramin Setoodeh, the Newsweek journalist who wrote the controversial "Straight Jacket" piece in April, is leaving Newsweek to write for People magazine, a People spokesperson confirms to the New York Observer. Setoodeh will start at People as a senior writer focusing on news and human-interest during the second week of July, the spokesperson said. In his review of the Broadway musical Promises, PromisesSetoodeh argued that Sean Hayes, the openly gay actor playing the male lead, was not convincing in the role of a straight man.
The Newsweek gay actor controversy refers to the reaction to a piece written in by Newsweek magazine writer Ramin Setoodeh in which he asserts that openly gay actors are not capable of convincingly playing straight characters. Setoodeh's article provoked strong reactions from both within and outside the entertainment industry. Setoodeh also challenged the acting ability of openly gay actor Jonathan Groffwho had recently joined the cast of Glee.
Late last month Newsweek published a now-notorious article about gay actors playing straight characters in theater, TV, and film. Your response to the story might depend on which of Setoodeh's opinions you choose to consider there are several, and they don't always match up. The piece's overall thesis is that, for whatever reason, gay actors are not successful in straight roles—whether that's the audience's fault or the actors'.
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. This clearly wasn't the response Setoodeh had bargained for. On Sunday he lobbed back his own response to the controversy, kvetching that "The Internet is attacking me" and claiming that he was "hoping to start a dialogue that would be thoughtful.
We here at VF. But, as VF. This is a common, and oh-so-boring, thread in discussions of gayness. Why do I find it so droll?
It's Celebrities are coming out of the closet left and right. Over the span of a few weeks, Ricky MartinChely Wright and Anna Paquin declared themselves as gay, lesbian and bisexual, respectively, and the entertainment-watching world barely batted an eye.
By saying he was right all along. Having returned to Newsweek after a failed effort at PeopleSetoodeh yesterday pointed to the lack of gay men in leading roles — whether playing straight or gay characters — as some sort of saving grace for his argument back in May that the sexuality of actor Hayes was too much for audiences to overcome in Promises, Promises for him to play the role convincingly. The rationale for these casting decisions is a Catch You could argue that no one gay is on the A-list, so Hollywood has to hire straight people to fill those roles.