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Ramin Setdooah

Variety has announced that it has hired controversial former Newsweek writer turned entertainment journalist Ramin Setoodeh as New York film editor, covering all aspects of the movie business and other media.

For those of you who don’t remember Setoodeh went to Oxnard to cover the cold-blooded murder of gay teenager Larry King and instead ran a hit-piece arguing that it was all King’s fault. His murderer, Brandon McInerney, was a sensitive and “smart”, but “troubled”, boy who had been harassed and taunted by King who “flaunted his sexuality and wielded it like a weapon.”

That was, of course, before it was discovered that McInerney had white supremacist connections and neo-Nazi beliefs.

In a later article for Newsweek  Newsweek by Setoodeh titled “Straight Jacket” Setoodeh make the unbelieveable statement that gay actors are unable to play straight roles convincingly. Setoodah sets up a twisted illogic that states out gay actors can’t play straight roles because they’re always “hiding something.”

Setoodeh, a gay man no less has a history of  gay-baiting, (and stupidity)( and reeks of a man who is not only ashamed and uncomfortable with his own sexuality but of those around him. “It’s the sad tale of a sad man and definitely not the right pick for Variety as more gay and lesbian actors come out of the closet and LGBT characters and story-lines become more prevelent in movies.

Variety calls Setoodeh as “a fearless and industrious journalist” in their press release.

I simply call him him a deluded self loathing queen.

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