Earlier this week, Glee's creator Ryan Murphy and guest-star Kristin Chenoweth openly bashed Newsweek's article that, well, bashed openly gay actors who play straight roles, including Jonathan Groff whose current role is Lea Michele's on-screen love interest Jesse St. James.
Kevin McHale, who plays handi-capable McKinley student Artie Abrams, is now voicing his opinion on the matter, too. "I side with Kristin Chenoweth 100%," Kevin says. "That article represents an old way of thinking. It's like saying an able-bodied person like me can't play a disabled person. It shouldn't matter. Whoever plays the part best should get it, regardless of sexuality or anything else."
Playing Artie, in fact, has changed Kevin's perspective of paralyzed people for the better. "I used to think there were more differences between someone who's able-bodied and someone who's disabled. I've realized that's not true. What I like about Artie is that they have him do 99% of the things everybody else can do. A few weeks ago, I met a mom whose 16-year-old son is in a wheelchair. He told her Glee is the first TV show he's seen with a character like him. That was the coolest thing I've ever heard."
In response to his first letter, Ryan Murphy picked up the pen again to say that Newsweek writer Ramin Setoodeh called him to accept his offer to tour the Glee set. "Along with inviting him into our Glee writers room, I will also let him observe our casting process so he can witness first hand and speak to actors who audition for our show and who are already series regulars -- actors who are encouraged to read for ALL roles, no matter what their sexual orientation, color or gender."
The Glee producer then says, "In my telephone conversation with him, Mr. Setoodeh mentioned how he feels cornered, misunderstood and unfairly attacked. Vicious anonymous attacks -- which Mr. Setoodeh feels he has been subjected to over the past two days -- aren't cool or acceptable, and get us no where. What DOES move the ball forward is education and a fair and open dialogue, and I want Mr. Setoodeh to know that all of us at Glee are committed to that, and encourage it."