Actress Blasts 'Homophobic' Newsweek
Kristin Chenoweth defends 'Promises, Promises' co-star Sean Hayes
By M. Morris, Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2010 3:30 PM CDT
Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes appear for the curtain call at the opening night performance of the Broadway musical "Promises, Promises" in New York, Sunday, April 25, 2010.   (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

(Newser) – Sean Hayes made his Broadway debut shortly after officially coming out, and his performance has drawn mixed reviews, a Tony nomination—and one scathing notice from Ramin Setoodeh of Newsweek. Setoodeh, who is gay, called Hayes "the big pink elephant in the room" and deemed his performance as a lovestruck straight guy "wooden and insincere." That didn't sit well with co-star Kristen Chenoweth, notes Broadway.com. So she pretty much destroys Setoodeh's argument.

"This article offends me because I am a human being, a woman and a Christian," she writes in the comments section of the review. "Setoodeh even goes so far as to justify his knee-jerk homophobic reaction to gay actors by accepting and endorsing that 'as viewers, we are molded by a society obsessed with dissecting sexuality, starting with the locker room torture in junior high school.' Really? We want to maintain and proliferate the same kind of bullying that makes children cry and in some recent cases have even taken their own lives? That’s so sad, Newsweek! " To see the complete take-down, click here.

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pouchpopper
May 11, 2010 4:30 PM CDT
the problem, as i see it, is most gay, ppl of color, and other minorities seem to all be saying nearly the same thing.....we want equality. lmao, if you want equality, straighten out your twisted existence of a life first.
bewilderbeast
May 10, 2010 11:50 AM CDT
Bye bye Newsweek.
Botch
May 10, 2010 4:36 AM CDT
So a gay critic did his job and critiqued a performance by saying that a gay actor was too gay in a performance and in return was called homophobic by a straight woman... Did I get that right? If this was reversed and it was a straight actor who was unconvincing in a gay role nobody would give a crap.