Welcome to Backwards Day, everyone! Newsweek -- part of the liberal media elite, dontcha know -- published an opinion piece expressing an outdated view of gay actors playing straight characters. Then Kristin Chenoweth -- an Oklahoma-born Christian -- blasted the writer for his "bigoted, factually inaccurate article." Newsweek dissing gays? The Christian lady sticking up for them? It's a world gone mad!

The Newsweek column, by Ramin Setoodeh, uses Sean Hayes' performance in the Broadway show Promises, Promises -- a musical version of the 1960 film The Apartment -- as an example of why it's hard to accept gay actors playing straight. "The reviews ... were negative enough," Setoodeh writes, "even though most of the critics ignored the real problem -- the big pink elephant in the room." Setoodeh says it's "weird" to see Hayes ("best known as the queeny Jack on Will & Grace") in the role of a heterosexual man:
"He comes off as wooden and insincere, like he's trying to hide something, which of course he is. Even the play's most hilarious scene, when Chuck tries to pick up a drunk woman at a bar, devolves into unintentional camp. Is it funny because of all the '60s-era one-liners, or because the woman is so drunk (and clueless) that she agrees to go home with a guy we all know is gay?"
It might sound like the problem isn't with Hayes' performance -- which was nominated for a Tony, by the way, and which generally got positive notices even in the show's negative reviews -- but with Ramin Setoodeh's own preconceived notions. This view is supported by Setoodeh's further comments about other actors:
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