Monday, May 10, 2010

Why I like Kristin Chenoweth's reply

I'm glad Kristin Chenoweth is getting lots of praise for her reply to a Newsweek story that questioned whether gay actors can play straight roles.

(The author cited Chenoweth's Promises, Promises costar, Sean Hayes, and Jonathan Groff, currently appearing on Glee.)

It's an eloquent and forceful answer to a ridiculous, offensive premise. There's one sentence I especially appreciated: “This article offends me because I am a human being, a woman and a Christian."

Thank-you, Ms. Chenoweth. It's nice to see someone use their religious beliefs not as an excuse to justify bigotry but as a mandate to speak out against prejudice.

Too often it's the most intolerant, reactionary elements who are the loudest and draw the most attention. It's easy to forget that there are many people of faith who are opposed to homophobia and are accepting, caring, committed to equality.

And really, this comment from Kieran on pretty much sums it up:

"I was actually shocked when I learned that Dustin Hoffman doesn’t really have autism, Helen Mirren never actually served as the Queen of England, Michael Douglas never worked on Wall Street, and Julia Roberts wasn’t really a hooker. My life is a complete ball of confusion. What next? Is Chewbacca really just a regular guy wearing a furry suit?"


Monica Reida said...

Kristin Chenoweth's reply makes me love her even more. I'm always pleased when people are outraged by the bigotry and treatment of gays and they say it offends them because they are Christians.

Esther said...

Yeah, that was my reaction exactly. I'm so glad she included it in her reply.

JK said...

Yes! And I so agree with the poster. I had the same shock when someone told me that Jim Caviezel wasn't really Jesus Christ.

Esther said...

Hey, JK! Thanks for the comment. Yeah, I thought that was a great post on EW.

When I'm sitting in the theatre, I'm getting into the character and the story. I'm not thinking about whether the actor is really gay or straight or they're just faking the American accent and they're really British or Australian. Or they're just pretending to be a Jewish mother.

And I just want to add, while I haven't seen Promises, Promises, I loved Jonathan Groff in Spring Awawkening and I love him in Glee!

Dale said...

I didn't realize Mr. Groff was gay (not that there's anything wrong with that) and I doubt I'll think about it again when I see him on Glee or in anything else. By the way, he was brilliant in Spring Awakening, you're right.

That was a great statement by Kristin Chenoweth, a perfect comment from Kieran and excellent analysis by you!

Esther said...

Hey Dale, thanks for the comment and quoting one of my favorite Seinfeld lines! Yeah, I love Jonathan Groff and would watch him in anything. I'm hoping I'll get to see him in a play someday.