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Beth Hill
10:15 PM on 05/11/2010
yeah Kristin! shoot that guy down! don't let him get away with it!
10:00 PM on 05/11/2010
That Newsweek article was pretty gay.
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brahdog
hello walls
02:13 AM on 05/12/2010
heh, "that's gay". that's clever.
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racetoinfinity
restore Glass-Steagall now!
04:50 AM on 05/12/2010
I'm sick of the adult American culture adopting the adolescent use of "gay" as a perjorative term. It's teen-age immaturity and insecurity about their sexuality.
12:55 AM on 05/16/2010
I agree, just like the pejorative use of the term Teabagger for Tea Party members. Total lack of maturity and insecurity by those who would spew such hate.
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Scott Amundsen
51, married, Oneonta NY
08:53 PM on 05/11/2010
What utter rubbish. Neal Patrick Harris came out, and he has continued to play, very convincingly, everything from gay in musicals like RENT, and a straight serial killer in a particularly chilling episode of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." These guys are ACTORS, for Chrissakes. I might remind this reviewer that Larry Kert, the original Tony in "West Side Story," was also gay and made a big success as the romantic lead in the legendary Romeo and Juliet musical. This reviewer needs a reality check. Kudos to Chenoweth for speaking her mind.
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RRonin
Fortune favors the brave
07:32 PM on 05/11/2010
Anybody ever squirm through Harrison Ford or Denzel Washington struggle through a love scene? Does that mean they're gay?
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MorpheusXNYC
Artist, web designer, writer, rationalist
07:19 PM on 05/11/2010
This seems to be an uncomfortable conversation that could be had if both sides are willing to have a real, honest dialogue.

It's one thing to say that a particular gay actor can't pull off a straight due to overly feminine mannerisms. If we're being honest, we can probably conceded that much.

You could even argue that there have been more straight actors that have convincingly portrayed gay roles than the converse.

But it's another to say that ALL gay actors can't pull of being straight.

A truly good "actor" can pull off ANYTHING.

Neil Patrick Harris' sex crazed self parody role in Harold and Kumar was flawlessly hetero and his Barney Stinson character on How I Met Your Mother is convincing in his portrayal of a skirtchasing metrosexual yuppie.

Likewise numerous other gay actors such as Richard Chamberlain, Sir Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry, Guillermo Diaz (of "Weeds"), Rupert Everett, Sir John Geilgud, James Dean (!!), Alan Cumming, etc., have all portrayed heterosexuals utterly convincingly. Throw in Tom Cruise and John Travolta if you believe the rumors.

So the false syllogism the author of that piece proffers is both insulting to LGBTs and demonstrably untrue.

BUT, that being said, it's not unreasonable to make the observation that SOME gay actors have difficulty mustering up a believable, butch, masculine character.

If the author had only made that point, rather than generalizing it, he wouldn't have looked like such a homophobe or culturally insensitive bigot.
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racetoinfinity
restore Glass-Steagall now!
04:52 AM on 05/12/2010
If that's true, then the converse is true: there are straight actors who lack the skills to play gay characters.
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chrisfrenzy
I am that one guy who says those things.
09:58 AM on 05/12/2010
Of course there are.
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Steamboater
Forget hope. Agitate.
05:53 AM on 05/12/2010
The perception that straight men are inherently butch and that sort of machismo defines them as such is a stereotype too. Plenty of straight men open their mouths and you can almost see the purse about to fall out. John Ritter was a perfect example of a straight actor who, according to stereotypes, could have easily been assumed Gay. Whenever he used a word with an S in it, it came out as sooooo effeminate.
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06:35 PM on 05/11/2010
He can't play straight. He is too much identified with the stereotyped role he chose to make for his career. and probably too stereotypical in real life.

That's the issue. It's like someone white in black face or asian makeup. it's not convincing.
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maryec
06:20 PM on 05/11/2010
ugh....who reads Newsweek, anyway? It's another arm of the rightish WashPost (though WP's trying to cut it off soon). I wouldn't expect Newsweek or the Post to have anything even sensible to say, let alone worth my time to read. t
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Rambling Ruminations
04:59 PM on 05/11/2010
When will the day come when we will be able to look beyond people's sexuality? I can not wait for that day when we people will be just `people', a gender and other epithet neutral description. A actor who is unconvincing in his role is a bad actor and a great guy is a great guy with no correlation to him being gay ( this one was for all my darling lady friends).

I am quite hopeful that , that day will come. Who would have thought in the 1960s that a black man would be elected President in a nationwide popular vote??
People got past that, this is a far easier climb. I say this because it seems to me that when you look at a person it is their race that is among the most conspicuous feature of a person's being. If large sections of people could get over that then sexuality is far easy, most people do not wear it on their sleeves, consciously or subconsciously, people can hide it or at least keep it undetectable, whereas for race and ethnicity you can not hide it even if somebody wants to.

So really, it is us, who project our prejudices and insecurities on to others by judging them on these matters.
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Rambling Ruminations
04:58 PM on 05/11/2010
For a gay actor, people blame their awkward emoting to their homosexuality. How is it that straight actors can convincingly play straigjt guys withought GLAAD issuing a warning saying they are misrepresented by an untalented actor!!

The homophobic populace will have us believe that homosexuality is a depravity, then it should be lot harderf or straight guys to make out and appear lover-ly , isn;t it??
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06:37 PM on 05/11/2010
because most gay roles don't actually require straight actors to do much in the way of actual romance and emotions. Most of the time they are playing jokey stereotypes, or super serious non romantic gays-like say Philadelphia. The list of mainstream movies where straight men play gay men in the same romantic/sexual way they play straight men is short.

and most straight women playing gay women are playing it super sexual-which is just straight male fantasy stuff, not actual gay relationship stuff.
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skipling
Barking is almost as good as napping.
04:47 PM on 05/11/2010
I was just thinking last night how many babies were created, inspired by the fabulous music given to us by Luther Vandross, Johnny Mathis, Dusty Springfield and more "gay" artists.
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Rambling Ruminations
04:18 PM on 05/11/2010
Another example of repressed sexual conflict finding its way in term of overt and covert homophobia.

How is this writer different from gay politicians who hire gay male escorts / ``rent boys'' /page boys so that they can continue their affairs under the veneer of religious grandiosity and moral piety of hyperbolic proportions ?
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skylover
I want my country forward!
04:00 PM on 05/11/2010
So many people out of work, and Setoodeh is working for a major publication? That's just sad.
03:11 PM on 05/11/2010
two words, ROCK HUDSON!
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skylover
I want my country forward!
04:01 PM on 05/11/2010
ditto;that's the first thing I thought too!
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06:38 PM on 05/11/2010
Being totally in the closet, and being a non stereotype, it worked.
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RRonin
Fortune favors the brave
07:35 PM on 05/11/2010
Two more words, Rupert Everett!
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juancapez
Florida. Beautiful weather - harsh penal system.
02:57 PM on 05/11/2010
i love kristen. always have. always will. yes, i'm gay.
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juancapez
Florida. Beautiful weather - harsh penal system.
03:03 PM on 05/11/2010
oh, and ramin, it must have been hard on you as a young gay seeing how disgusted the south asian community is with homosexuality.
02:52 PM on 05/11/2010
Newsweek uses some shoddy logic to perpetuate a stereotype. There are plenty of actors who are versatile and play all types of roles with believability. Russel Crowe in Romper Stomper had me believing he was a white supremacist.