Out actors Cynthia Nixon and Jane Lynch
are speaking out against Newsweek's gay Hollywood slam.
Speaking to MTV, Sex and the City 2
co-star Nixon called the piece “cruel”
“I think it's so horrible, and I
think it's really, really, really terrific that there has been such
an enormous response and so much back-and-forth and discussion about
it and people trying to explain to this gentleman why they're so
upset about what he wrote,” Nixon said.
The feature, titled Straight
Jacket and written by openly gay Newsweek contributor
Ramin Setoodeh, has drawn a mostly negative response for slamming gay
actors who take on straight roles.
“OK for straight actors to play gay,” Setoodeh says referring to
performances by Jake Gyllenhaal and Health Ledger in the 2005 gay
cowboy romance flick Brokeback Mountain,
but adds that “it's rare for someone to pull off the trick in
He cuts into Sean Hayes'
portrayal of straight man Chuck in the Broadway revival of Promises,
Promises: “He comes off as
wooden and insincere, like he's trying to hide something, which of
course he is.” Hayes, who recently came
out gay on the cover of gay glossy The
Advocate, has been nominated
Best Actor in a Musical Tony Award for his Broadway debut.
also takes aim at Jonathan Groff's performance on Fox's musical
comedy hit Glee,
saying he's “so distracting, I'm starting to wonder if Groff's
character on the show is supposed to be secretly gay.”
lesbian Glee co-star
Jane Lynch told Katie Couric that she disagreed: “I applaud
everybody's right to say what they think. And I think, you don't
have to agree with him. And I don't.”
play straight people all the time and nobody's upset about it,” she
gay Mad Men co-star
Batt said the piece “saddened” him, adding that “gay actors
have been playing straight since Euripides.”
Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the nation's largest union for working
actors, has also jumped into the fray.
harmful attitudes like those of Setoodeh are used to pressure actors
to stay in the closet,” Jason Stuart, chair of the SAG National
LGBT Actors Committee, a group that supports openly gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgender actors, said in a statement.
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) joined openly gay Glee
creator Ryan Murphy in urging Newsweek
to apologize. Murphy asked fans to dump Newsweek
until an apology is at hand, and demanded the weekly apologize to
Hayes and other “brave out actors who were cruelly singled out in
his damaging, needlessly cruel, and mind-blowingly bigoted piece.”