Ramin Setoodeh of Newsweek penned a piece titled, “Straight Jacket: Heterosexual actors play gay all the time. Why doesn’t it ever work in reverse?” Which claims gay actors can’t play “straight” straight roles convincingly.
Which is a weak premise anyway, because some “actors” can’t play anything convincingly (Drew Barrymore comes to mind). Plus gays and gay actors have been playing straight roles since the advent of ostracism…a lot of them convincingly. Pretty limp idea for an essay.
AP reports GLAAD has chimed in:
A gay rights group is demanding an apology from Newsweek magazine for a recent story that the group says suggested gay actors can’t play straight characters.
Setoodeh who is openly gay proves that gayness doesn’t give you special powers of perception and argument nor does apparently working at Newsweek. The scribe summed it up best in his response:
Many of them said they hadn’t even read the original article (some of them did) but they all seemed to agree on the same point: that I was an idiot.