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Ode to Will & Grace.

One recent Thursday night, after watching NBC's "must-see" lineup, I drifted off to sleep on my couch and suddenly found myself surrounded by all the people I've ever met who expressed dissatisfaction with the gay and lesbian images on television. They were all talking at once, complaining about how ABC canceled Ellen and how a certain unnamed medical show was homophobic and how Bill Brochtrup never got laid. I raised my hand, and the endless crowd fell silent, and these words poured from my mouth:
 Suddenly, in that hallowed land
 Where TV shows are made
 A brand-new kind of family
 Has stepped out from the shade

 Into the spotlight of media hype
 And rightfully seized their place:
 That funny and loving and touchingly true
 Family of "Will & Grace."

 Isn't this what we always wanted?
 Isn't this what we were after?
 This is the way the world is changed
 Not with a bang, but with laughter.

 Ellen may have blazed the trail
 Without her, would "gaytime" TV
 Ever have landed on Thursday night?
 and gutsy, this "must-see" for me.

 But let history record this one true fact:
 It really wasn't until
 Mutchnick and Kohan (and Burrows et al.)
 Gave us the grace and will

 To make TV finally find a place
 For a family sharp-witted and true
 It was Jack and Karen and G'race and Will
 Who finally, fiercely broke through.

 Isn't this what we always wanted?
 Isn't this what we were after?
 This is the way the world is changed
 Not with a bang, but with laughter.

 Now, Karen may booze it up a bit
 And Jack puts the "q" into "queen"
 But I marvel each week at how well they fit
 Together and with folks that I've seen

 All of my life (and all over the world!)
 They've transcended the stereotype;
 Two gay friends at the heart of a show!
 Getting better amid all the hype.

 My brothers laugh, my mother cries
 They are touched by these people -- this show
 Knows what it's doing and what it's about
 And we bask in each episode's glow.

 So join me in singing this song of salute
 (The whole crew deserves out embrance)
 For they've done what no one has ever done
 Our heroes at "Will & Grace."

 Isn't this what we always wanted?
 Isn't this what we were after?
 This is the way the world is changed
 Not with a bang, but with laughter.
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Author:Barclay, Paris
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Poem
Date:Nov 21, 2000
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