'Modern Family' Star Offended Character Called 'Stereotypical' (Video)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson says criticism that his show exploits gay stereotypes is false: "I'm basically playing myself."
Jesse Tyler Ferguson says it's "offensive" when people claim his Modern Family character exploits gay stereotypes — because, he says, the character is pretty close to how he actually is.
"Mitchell is a close approximation to me. There are little things that [have made it into the show], like, I had to come out to my dad three times," Ferguson tells The Hollywood Reporter. "It makes me laugh when people say, 'Those characters are stereotypical.' I'm basically playing myself, so I find that offensive!"
Ferguson made his comments during The Hollywood Reporter's comedy actor roundtable, which also featured Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Andy Samberg, Episodes' Matt LeBlanc, Shameless' William H. Macy, Orange Is the New Black's Jason Biggs and Veep's Tony Hale.