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05/11/2010

Video: Auditionees should prepare a song, comedic monologue, and detailed description of last night's sex

by Jeremy Hooper

With a recent Newsweek essay, Ramin Setoodeh pissed off a whole cast of openly gay actors and the Chenoweths who love them. Tonight he, Savage, and onetime straight-for-pay lesbian thespian Amanda Bearse went on Joy Behar's show to somehow reach some kind of quasi-understanding:

How about this: We judge *all* actors on their individual ability to play the role? Too "butch", too "queeny", too short, too tall, too regional, too accented, too familiar with the libretto of Cats when the rest of the cast is actually performing Hair? Transcending personal circumstances is a big part of what an accomplished actor commits to doing.

And Dan's right on two points: (1) You can't swing a dance belt on 7th Avenue without hitting at least three shows with 'mos in leading roles. (2) The ire should be towards audiences who can't look past sexuality, not the concept of openly gay actors playing heterosexuals. We get past this kind of thing by leading antiquated thought processes into the here and now, not by leading young gay actors into the closets that deprive them of their natural costuming.

Judge actors on whether or not they suck, not whether or not they, uhm -- nevermind.

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***SEE ALSO: Glee's Ryan Murphy v. Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh [Queerty]

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