Hell hath no fury like a pint-sized singing sensation whose gays have been scorned! Dude. Kristin Chenoweth is PISSED OFF! Why, you ask? Because Newsweek printed an astoundingly douchey article purporting that gay and lesbian actors are "never" convincing when they "play straight." Especially after those sneaky sidewinders come out of the closet, doggone-it!
Poor Ramin Setoodeh. Apparently, once he knows a performer to be an enthusiast of the love that dare not speak its fierceness (which he may or may not partake of himself), he just can't wrap his head around the idea of such a person batting for the other team, even for pretendsies! Witness his impressive powers of de-douche-cton firsthand in this excerpt taken directly from his article, entitled "Straight Jacket". (FYI, he's talking about Sean Hayes, best known as Jack from Will and Grace and currently starring on Broadway opposite our girl Chenoweth in the revival of Promises, Promises.)
Setoodeh writes: "Hayes is among Hollywood's best verbal slapstickers, but his sexual orientation is part of who he is, and also part of his charm. (The fact that he only came out of the closet just before Promises was another one of those Ricky Martin-duh moments.) But frankly, it's weird seeing Hayes play straight. He comes off as wooden and insincere, like he's trying to hide something, which of course he is. Even the play's most hilarious scene, when Chuck tries to pick up a drunk woman at a bar, devolves into unintentional camp. Is it funny because of all the '60s-era one-liners, or because the woman is so drunk (and clueless) that she agrees to go home with a guy we all know is gay?"
Sean Hayes, International Man of International Male
There's so much I could say about the rampant asshattery and obtuseness of this dude's argument, but I've had two margaritas tonight and I think KriChen has it covered spectacularly, so I'mma let her say it instead. Here is her written response to Setoodeh's article in its entirety, as run over at BroadwayWorld.com:
"As a longtime fan of Newsweek and as the actress currently starring opposite the incredibly talented (and sexy!) Sean Hayes in the Broadway revival of 'Promises, Promises,' I was shocked on many levels to see Newsweek publishing Ramin Setoodeh's horrendously homophobic 'Straight Jacket,'