Graham Scott

December 1998

Don we now our Gay apparel

Okay, It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and I know this because all the TV ads feature stupid husbands who can't figure out how to put up Christmas lights. I'd just like to say that November 23rd was two years to the day that I first came out to anyone!

I thought since I'm getting into the Christmas spirit and I feel like being nice for a while, I will address a positive thing this issue.

Television: With the Launch of NBC's "Will and Grace", Hollywood has in one fluent motion brought a gay character to the mainstream and thumbed its nose at the gay activists with no sense of humor. I've only seen two episodes of "Will and Grace", and while I've seen funnier, it's not that bad and what it represents is more important anyway. Will, a lawyer, and the only person on the show with any common sense, evidently, is gay and buds around with his best friend Grace, a straight woman, who is usually a basket case and wrapped up in some crisis or another. They have a friend Jack, who is every stereotype possible rolled into one showtune singing bundle of queer energy. The premise: Will's Boyfriend moves out sometime before the first episode, and Grace's boyfriend is also on the verge of leaving. She and this boyfriend have an argument, which leaves Grace living at Will's apartment, in a room that Jack was supposed to be renting.

We can feel the hilarity building.

The rest of the stuff is pure sitcom schlock. But that's not important. Unlike "Ellen" which grated on my nerves tremendously by the time it was mercifully cancelled, "Will and Grace" is not wrapped up in queerness, constantly flagwaving and moralizing. Will is a normal character, achieving mainstream popularity that Ellen never could with her in-your-face-lesbian/feminist-political editorial disguised as a mediocre sitcom.

And as for Jack, who trounces around making references to Starsky and Hutch and Hair Gel and Broadway, while he is horribly politically incorrect in our touchy-feely gay standardized culture, where the civil rights movement is pushing for normalcy at any cost, is a delight to watch. Every gay stereotype you've ever heard of is there. When I'm watching this show, I keep feeling that I should take offense or be insulted, but I can't, because it's just simply funny.

That was my anti-gay-community bit for this month.

Crappy Public Service announcement for this month: *drumroll*


The Canadian Milk Council's

"Drink Milk Love Life"


Now where is that Gay apparel?..



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