I love Jane Lynch. I’m not sure how I’ve been running this blog, the entire time Glee’s been on, and yet I’ve never mentioned that before. I love her in all kinds of hilariously inappropriate ways. I won’t give you an overlong list of reasons why, but here’s the gist. I think I have grown a little too fond of her character on the show: every time Sue Sylvester yells at someone, or hits someone, or wears the same damn tracksuit in a different colour, it’s like a hug from Jesus himself.
Now that’s out of the way… Jane Lynch is better than you. There’s no real reason for me to point that out, but it’s probably better you hear that news from me. If you ever meet Lynch in real life she’ll have no choice but to tell you the same thing, but she won’t be as nice about it. She’s better than you, ‘cos she’s the bigger person. She covers the new Entertainment Weekly as her character, in that tracksuit, throwing a slushie. She could be on the cover punching someone in the face, but she’s letting y’all off with a warning. Like I said, bigger person.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy and occasional guest-star Kristin Chenoweth both released statements last week condemning the Newsweek article ‘Straight Jacket’, which claimed gay actors could not convincingly play straight characters. Murphy then announced that the article’s writer, Ramin Setoodeh, had agreed to visit with Murphy and his Glee writers.
Jane Lynch (an out lesbian), applauded Murphy and Chenoweth’s statements, but believes that Setoodeh is allowed to have his own opinions, “The thing is, actors are actors. You can’t play gay anymore than you can play somebody who’s Catholic. Aaron Sorkin wrote a wonderful thing in the Huffington Post. I don’t think you have to slap somebody down for making an opinion that you don’t agree with. But I do think what Kristin and Ryan did was so important, and I’m glad that they said it. It doesn’t mean, ‘Off with [Setoodeh's] head.’ But I’m very glad, and I thought it was very heroic what the two of them did.” [Fly News]
The new issue of Entertainment Weekly, with Lynch, is newsstands May 21.