Controversial Newsweek author to visit ‘Glee’ set


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Forget having a hit career and legions of fans. If you want to pay a visit to the “Glee” set, it seems penning a controversial article is your ticket.

In a second open letter posted on, Ryan Murphy revealed the now-notorious writer Ramin Setoodeh will join Murphy on the set of his series “Glee” for a little schooling:


‘But in better more constructive news: Ramin Setoodeh, the author of the article, reached out to me today and accepted my offer to sit with myself and the writers of Glee — Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan — to discuss not only why we found the piece so offensive, but also to observe our creative process and see how we construct a TV show dedicated exclusively to the idea of inclusiveness and acceptance for all — ideas solely absent in his ‘Straight Jacket’ article.’

In addition to meeting with Murphy and the writers, Setoodeh will observe the casting process on Fox’s hit TV show: “On Glee, straight actors play gay roles, gay actors play straight roles and no one is discriminated against. I hope observing this process firsthand — and talking with our cast — will be illuminating to Mr. Setoodeh, and inform his future journalistic endeavors.”

Setoodeh’s Newsweek article, “Straight Jacket,” about gay actors playing straight roles, caused a media firestorm in recent weeks. In it, the writer, who is gay, criticized “Glee” actor Jonathan Groff for his “theater-queen” portrayal and said Sean Hayes, who recently revealed he is gay, was unconvincing in his performance as a straight man in the Broadway revival of “Promises, Promises.”

What do you think, Show Trackers? Is a set visit the answer?

— Yvonne Villarreal


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