Kristin Chenoweth has built up quite a gay fan base after starring roles in a handful of hit Broadway musicals, so it should come as no surprise that the petite actress took offense to a recent Newsweek article that focused on the issue of gay actors playing straight.
Perhaps it was Newsweek writer Ramin Setoodeh’s singling out actor Sean Hayes (‘Will & Grace’), currently starring opposite Chenoweth in Broadway’s revival of ‘Promises, Promises,’ as seeming “weird” in his attempt to play a straight character on stage that convinced Chenoweth to voice her opinion.
“I was shocked on many levels to see Newsweek publishing Ramin Setoodeh’s horrendously homophobic ‘Straight Jacket,” wrote Chenoweth after reading the Newsweek article. “This article offends me because I am a human being, a woman and a Christian. For example, there was a time when Jewish actors had to change their names because anti-Semites thought no Jew could convincingly play Gentile.”
The actresses’ war of words against Newsweek’s article sparked a flurry of responses on the publication’s website, as well as on Broadway websites.
“No one needs to see a bigoted, factually inaccurate article that tells people who deviate from heterosexual norms that they can’t be open about who they are and still achieve their dreams,” Chenoweth added.
On an unrelated note, the Washington Post Co. has put Newsweek up for sale, admitting that the magazine has no foreseeable chance and turning a profit.