Last week's discussion brought up how having a gay couple kiss on network television is still difficult to do. This immediately reminded me of an episode that was purely committed to address this issue. Jack was ecstatic about seeing the first gay kiss on primetime television only to be disappointed when the camera veered off onto a fireplace right as the kiss was about to take place. This outraged Jack. Will & Grace, who were also there and excited to see this on tv, were not as outraged and took it as "So what? What did you expect?" Jack perplexes that that is not the point, "the point is that by cutting it, they [the network] are sending a clear message that my way of life is offensive." The storyline continues with Jack protesting to NBC to only get brushed off. Jack then goes on Good Morning America, to his surprise, be kissed by Will when Jack asks Al Roker, "I just want to know how long it will be til I see two men kiss on network tv." Will sees this as his opportunity to send a message to all viewers and to his friend, Jack, that he supports his political action.
I found it interesting that Will, being a gay man as well, was not as outraged as Jack when the kiss was cut out. I think by doing that the show is addressing a separate auidence of gay individuals who have "come to terms" with the fact that "the world does not what to see gay men kissing" (Will). This is shedding light onto the fact that there are some people who feel so powerless and feel that activism and outrage will benefit no one that they hesitate/ignore to speak out. After much convincing though, Jack gets Will to join his political agenda.
I also find it interesting that the title of the episode is called "Acting Out". It seems as they are addressing public displays of homosexual affection as a motion of "acting out". Of course, this title is in a positive light to show an act of resistance against the opppressive majority; but somehow, I just found the choice of title to be interesting. That the kiss on television is a way of falling out of line of the "norm" and "acceptable" and is "acting out".
Check out the episode if you get the chance! I couldn't find it on youtube but it is a really good--and funny--episode. (: