Gay rights group demands apology from Newsweek

Newsweek magazine is displayed on a shelf at a news stand at South Station in Boston, Wednesday, May 5, 2010. The Washington Post Co. is putting Newsweek up for sale in hopes that another owner can figure out how to stem losses at the 77-year-old weekly magazine. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

May 12, 2010 8:48:07 PM PDT
A gay rights group is demanding an apology from Newsweek magazine for a recent story that it says suggested gay actors shouldn't play straight characters.

Spokesman Rich Ferraro says the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation hasn't gotten the apology it seeks, but that GLAAD's president and the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Milk" participated in a Q&A with the magazine on Wednesday.

Some Hollywood stars blasted Newsweek and writer Ramin Setoodeh for an April 26 story that said it's OK for straight actors to play gay roles, but "it's rare for someone to pull off the trick in reverse."

Ryan Murphy, creator of the Fox series "Glee," called for a boycott of the magazine, and actress Kristen Chenoweth wrote a letter to the editor calling its story bigoted and factually inaccurate.

Newsweek did not immediately respond to a call and e-mail seeking comment.