A few days ago I received a pitch from a public relations person pushing a new DVD: The Best of Will & Grace. I was the wrong person to contact on this matter.
Let us start with the oxymoronic combination of "best" and "Will & Grace".
This show did more harm to the cause of gay rights than any other TV show in history. Will & Grace was a thinly disguised modern version of Amos & Andy or even worse a good old-fashioned minstrel show with black face and all the trimmings. Of course, instead of a white man in black face, we had a straight man in gay face-- a straight actor who was never allowed on television to express same sex affection or share a kiss with a lover. And the closest this "gay man" comes to love is with his de facto "wife", Grace.
Ha ha. The show always delivered a few good laughs and Megan Mulalye's portrayal of razor-tongued drunken drag queen was always entertaining. But what else did we have here? We had two gay men, one a sexually frustrated, psychotically neurotic neutered gay man in a never-ending sexless marriage with a fag hag stereotype; the other, Jack, an irresponsible, self-deluded, stereotypically effeminate over-the-top slut screwing any and every strange man that he could con into his apartment. Will was responsible and sexless. Jack lived on a sexual merry-go-round but was completely irresponsible and incapable of behaving even remotely like an adult. I never found this to be one bit funny.
The show nurtured every negative stereotype held true by a homophobic America and self-loathing gay men everywhere. It also set a very low and negative standard and warped set of life expectations for every young gay man who succumbed to the bizarre unreality world of Will & Grace.
Every time I wonder why gay Americans have been these past 45 years shut out of equality and the basic civil rights provided to women and minorities by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, I stumble upon a "Will & Grace"-- some seemingly well-intentioned bit of demeaning nonsense on film or TV that masquerades as humor and is in fact propaganda insidiously working a relentless evil against a group of Americans who have been far too long marginalized and denied their rights and human dignity.
The view that Will & Grace was progressive and represented gay America on national network television is one of the most outrageous con jobs ever perpetrated against a persecuted and marginalized minority.
The "Best of Will & Grace" would be a bonfire erasing the entire series from our collective memories.