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Watch: Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh Tries to Make His Case About the Gay Actor Shut-Out to Joy Behar



Joy Behar spoke to Newsweek writer Ramin Setoodeh about the premise in his ongoing string of questionable articles about gays in Hollywood. PR man Howard Bragman joined him.

I'm not quite sure what, if anything, got accomplished here except praise for some stars and potshots at others.


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  1. The Department of Redundancy department meets on television.

    Please ignore these attention whores who have nothing new or valuable to say.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Jan 5, 2011 9:32:41 AM

  2. I'm so sick of this guy

    Posted by: IndyTown | Jan 5, 2011 10:19:35 AM

  3. JEEZ but this is so damned tiresome!

    There are openly gay acotrs on Broadway who can play any role the want and they're big stars.

    There are opnly gay actors on television who can play any role they want and they're big stars.

    Consequently there's no question that it's only a matter of — very short — time before there will be only gay actors in the movies who can play any role they want and be big stars.

    Rupert Everett is a bigger has-been than Richard Chamberlain.

    And will somebody PLEASE give Ramin the hook?

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 5, 2011 10:21:22 AM

  4. I don't think I'm alone in saying I wish he would shut up and go away.

    Posted by: ravewulf | Jan 5, 2011 10:33:34 AM

  5. I don't think these shows attempt to "accomplish" anything. They're talk shows; the purpose is to talk.

    Posted by: Franco | Jan 5, 2011 12:30:21 PM

  6. Setoodeh is part of the problem. I am trying to be part of the solution.

    Posted by: StillmarriedinCA | Jan 5, 2011 1:25:56 PM

  7. Who exactly are theses 'openly gay actors on Broadway who can play any role the want and they're big stars'?

    I can think of one "big name" out Broadway actor, Cheyenne Jackson. He's the exception not the rule.

    Who are the 'openly gay actors on television who can play any role they want and they're big stars'?

    Sean Hayes? Who only came out after Will and Grace was a big hit, and was pretty silent about it for most of its run? Or maybe you mean NPH, who only came out after HIMYM was a big hit? Kudos to them, but really we have yet to see if either of them 'get to play any role they want'.

    John Barrowman had to leave the US to become a star, and again he only came out after he became a big thing on Doctor Who and Torchwood. He was very coy about it when he was here working. His star mainly resides in the Who-verse and on stage on the West End, not Hollywood.

    Who are all these great openly gay actors that get and play any role they want?

    There aren't any.

    Posted by: lankyguy | Jan 5, 2011 1:34:18 PM

  8. David Ehrenstein, you took the words out of my mouth. Gay actors still have a long way to go in movies but it's coming. In the future, it'll just be a matter of who's the best actor for the job. Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Ledger/Gyllenhaal, Penn/Brolin/Franco, & Bening/Moore were all straight actors who turned in classic performances playing gay. Pretty soon, an out actor will do the same. I'm hoping it'll be Ellen Page, who's playing a lesbian in an upcoming movie directed by Catherine Hardwick. It'll be hard to ignore the elephant in the room when the movie comes out. Hopefully, it'll be a good movie as well.

    Posted by: scar2 | Jan 5, 2011 1:35:15 PM

  9. Every time I hear some crap like this I think of John Lovitz saying "Acting!" It's called acting people - a good actor can play a gay character.
    They do have a point about the lavender ceiling.

    Posted by: Shane | Jan 5, 2011 1:44:26 PM

  10. Franco ain't straight but whatever.

    Lankyguy, exactly. Who are these stars??

    Posted by: Rowan | Jan 5, 2011 1:46:03 PM

  11. BAD actors should stay in the closet. Or better yet, off the screen.

    There are certain stars who would not be hurt by coming out as bi or gay, because they have a personality that can smash through anything.

    I will be shocked if it doesn't happen in the next year. This is the moment.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 5, 2011 2:26:49 PM

  12. I doubt if you will ever have an openly gay actor playing a romantic straight lead in a major studio movie.

    Posted by: jaragon | Jan 5, 2011 6:05:20 PM

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