'Glee' Creator Ryan Murphy Has Jonathan Groff's Back

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In a recent article in Newsweek, a writer named Ramin Setoodeh gave his opinion that gay actors are difficult to believe while playing straight guys. Among those who he has beef with is Jonathan Groff who plays Lea Michele's love interest on Glee (and also was Lea's love interest in Spring Awakening) - he's also her real-life BFF.

Well, Glee's creator Ryan Murphy isn't sitting back and letting Newsweek talk smack on his cast. Along with the show's previous guest-star Kristin Chenoweth, Ryan has written a letter expressing his deep disappointment.

In the letter, Ryan says, "I would like to join my good friend Kristin Chenoweth on her condemnation of a recent Newsweek article written by Mr. Ramin Setoodeh...." and "This article is as misguided as it is shocking and hurtful."

Ryan also calls for a boycott of Newsweek until an apology is issued and also extends an invitation for the magazine's controversial writer -- who says he's a fan of Glee -- to stop by the show's set.
"Mr. Groff plays the straight love interest to Lea Michele, a casting choice embraced by fans and critics alike which Mr. Setoodeh has taken issue with. I extend an open invitation to Mr. Setoodeh to come to the writers room of our show, and perhaps pay a set visit. Hopefully then he can see how we take care to do a show about inclusiveness...a show that encourages all viewers no matter what their sexual orientation to go after their hopes and dreams and not be pigeonholed by dated and harmful rhetoric...Hopefully, some of the love we attempt to spread will rub off on Mr. Setoodeh."

Ryan finishes his letter saying, "Give me a call, Ramin...I'd love to hear from you. I'll even give you a free copy of our Madonna CD, on which we cover "Open Your Heart," a song you should play in your house and car on repeat."



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