TV Stars Join Fight Shaming Newsweek over Anti-Gay Remarks

by | May 11, 2010 at 11:26 AM | TV News

'30 Rock's Cheyenne Jackson and 'Ugly Betty's Michael Urie (Photo: Getty/ABC)

'30 Rock's Cheyenne Jackson and 'Ugly Betty's Michael Urie (Photo: Getty/ABC)

As if lovable Kristin Chenoweth’s crusade against “homophobic” remarks in Newsweek’s “Straight Jacket” article — writer Ramin Setoodeh criticized gay actors for being unable to play straight characters — wasn’t enough of a reason to shame the publication, now two other stage and screen actors are lashing out.

Ugly Betty‘ star Michael Urie joined ‘30 Rock‘s’ Cheyenne Jackson during a talkback session Monday at Off-Broadway’s ‘The Tempermentals,’ a play about gay rights in the 1950s, and let loose when asked about the Newsweek article, according to AfterElton.com.

“It was infuriating on so many levels,” said Jackson. “Everytime we go forward, some asshole like this takes us back a bit. I was really glad that Kristin Chenoweth wrote what she did.”

Both Jackson and Urie count themselves amongst the New York City theatrical crowd, as does Chenoweth, so it struck close to home when Setoodeh criticized Broadway’s ‘Promises, Promises’ star, opposite Chenoweth, Sean Hayes, for being unable to convincingly play straight.

“When I saw Sean Hayes in ‘Promises, Promises,’ it was a full house and everyone was completely in love with him,” said Urie. “No straight critics accuse Sean Penn of not being able to play Harvey Milk.”