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Ryan Murphy calls for 'Newsweek' boycott

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Ryan Murphy has joined calls for a boycott of Newsweek.

In a recent article, writer Ramin Setoodeh claimed that gay people cannot play straight characters.

Among the actors he singled out was Jonathan Groff, who stars in Glee as Jesse St. James, a love interest for Rachel (Lea Michele). However, Setoodeh said that Groff seems "like your average theatre queen, a better match for Kurt than Rachel".

Entertainment Weekly reports that Murphy, who created Glee, has now published an open letter describing the article as "blatantly homophobic".

"This article is as misguided as it is shocking and hurtful," he said. "Today, I have asked GLAAD [the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination] president Jarrett Barios to stand with me and others and ask for an immediate boycott of Newsweek magazine until an apology is issued to Sean Hayes and other brave out actors who were cruelly singled out in this damaging, needlessly cruel, and mind-blowingly bigoted piece. An apology should also be issued to all gay readers of the magazine."

Murphy expressed surprise that Setoodeh is gay himself and explained that the writer has previously said he is a fan of Glee.

"I extend an open invitation to Mr Setoodeh to come to the writers' room of our show and perhaps pay a set visit," he said. "Hopefully then he can see how we take care to do a show about inclusiveness... a show that encourages all viewers, no matter what their sexual orientation, to go after their hopes and dreams and not be pigeonholed by dated and harmful rhetoric... rhetoric he sadly spews and believes in.

"Hopefully, some of the love we attempt to spread will rub off on Mr Setoodeh - a gay man deeply in need of education - and he not only apologises to those he deeply offended but pauses before he picks up his poison pen again to work through the issues of his own self-loathing."

Kristin Chenoweth, who has guest starred in Glee, has already condemned the article.
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