May 13th, 2010
01:03 PM ET

GLAAD: We must move beyond stereotypes

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has issued a statement about the Newsweek article that has yet to cool down at the water cooler.

“We must move beyond stereotypes,” GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios wrote in an e-mail to CNN. “As a gay man, Setoodeh should know that not all gay men are effeminate, nor are all lesbians masculine. Actors are hired to play a part and their sexual orientation should have no bearing on how well they can do so.”

Barrios goes on to say, “I hope that gay young adults do not read this piece and think that they are worth less than their straight counterparts because openly gay people today are indeed successful actors as well as Senators, parents, corporate leaders and athletes. Glass ceilings have indeed been broken.”

Stoodeh, who is gay, wrote the article as a result of his dissatisfaction with Sean Haye’s performance in the Broadway revival of “Promises, Promises.”

Haye’s “Promises, Promises” co-star Kristin Chenoweth said she was “shocked” by the article’s message, and “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy has urged people to boycott Newsweek as a result of the article.

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  1. Gwen

    Most straight people wouldn't know a gay person if they were standing right next to them. Most gay men look as masculine as straights, the only difference being is they dress a lot better and take much better care of themselves and have great bodies. Some of the most beautiful women in the world are gay and there aren't that many masculine looking women anymore, unless they prefer to look that way.

    July 9, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. millie

    Again- straight women will believe in a gay actor playing straight; as long as they find him attractive. I don't know anyone who gets the hots over Mr. Hayes.

    May 14, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Guest

    It should be Hayes' not Haye's. (The name of the actor is Hayes not Haye.)

    May 14, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Larry

    Setoodeh's problem is one that many minorities have been facing for generations; that is, being judged by an outside world that views him no differently than the "stereotypical" representation of his subgroup. Effeminate gay men have long been the stereotype that straights use as their method of identification for all gays.

    Many African-Americans have neatly isolated themselves from the stereotype black that represent the criminal element in their community. They have gone so far as to buy into and maintain the destructive comparison between preferred light-skinned blacks and those other blacks.

    Until we Americans can get over judging and compartmentalizing people, this self-hatred will continue for all minorities.

    May 14, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lisa

    I haven't seen the play, but I feel that if the critic who wrote the article disliked Sean Haye's performance, he could have said it in another way without sending the message that gays can't act straight. But, then again, some critics shouldn't pose as journalists

    May 13, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |

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