Groundbreaking sitcom credited by Vice President Joe Biden as helping to change America's attitudes about same-sex unions
When Vice President Joe Biden said on NBC’s Meet the Press this week that he supports gay marriage, the men who created the sitcom Will & Grace were thrilled that he gave their show some of the credit for helping to educate the American public.
‘I think Will & Grace probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody has done so far,’ Biden said.
Co-creator David Kohan told the blog Wilshire & Washingtion that the reference was ‘thrilling and surprising and humbling.’
The sitcom ran on NBC from 1998 through 2006. It centered on the relationship between gay man William Truman (Eric McCormack) and his straight best friend Grace Adler (Debra Messing) as well as Will’s best friend Jack (Sean Hayes) and Grace’s lazy office assistant, a rich socialite named Karen (Megan Mullally).
Kohan and fellow co-creator Max Mutchnick have sent a complete DVD set of the show’s eight seasons to Biden.
But they are not as pleased with President Barack Obama who continues to officially be ‘evolving’ on the issue. Mutchnick said Obama ‘needs to catch up with his vice president in terms of his views.’
‘I have always thought that his language, where he has stated that his views are ‘evolving,’ I personally find that wholly offensive,’ he said. ‘I can’t imagine what it would be like to say that about other minorities in the United States. I couldn’t speak that way about other people.’
‘The reason I feel most offended by this is because I don’t believe the President believes this,’ Mutchnick added. ‘I don’t believe he is evolving. I believe he is a man seeking reelection, and he all but breaks it down into Morse code. … The President should take a page from his friend Oprah Winfrey who takes a page from her friend Maya Angelou. ‘We do better when we know better.’ I believe the President knows better.’