Religious Right Uppity Over Britney Spears' 'Will & Grace' Appearance

Not realizing it was lack of advertisers instead of their religious whinings that caused NBC to cancel its Book of Daniel, The American Family Association is all hot and bothered again over Britney Spears' appearance on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace in which she plays a co-host during a new cooking segment called "Cruci-fixin's" on the show's fictitious TV network, recently purchased by a Christian TV network.

AFA Special Projects Director Randy Sharp blathered, "They would not be making fun of Mohammed or Buddha. It's almost sacrilegious. I wonder who is at the helm of NBC that they are not getting the message. NBC doesn't seem concerned that they are tanking because they are offending their viewers and running them off." Though it's in its last season, Will & Grace is hardly tanking.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 2-06   Click to Comment   
Topic: Celebrity, Television, Worst   

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Geez, I would think the Actor’s Guild would more upset about her appearance.

Posted by: makethelogobigger on February 3, 2006 12:07 AM

(be more upset)

Posted by: makethelogobigger on February 3, 2006 12:09 AM

Given a choice between some guy blathering, and swarms of heavily-armed, anti-cartoon extremists rushing into hotels and taking European hostages, I'll take the former.

Posted by: Bob on February 3, 2006 10:15 AM

I'm thinking that Daniel was cancelled because it was a horrible show that no one wanted to watch, but maybe that makes too much sense...

Posted by: Mack Collier on February 3, 2006 10:19 AM

The AFA should focus attention on how to teach the CHRISTian value of acceptance to families and how to resist temptation. They can also teach them how to us the remote control and the 'on/off' button.

Posted by: Tmoney on February 3, 2006 11:51 AM

The first, story about Christians & Britney that I've masturbated to.

Posted by: tom lout on February 3, 2006 1:48 PM

mack is right. i wanted to like book of daniel, really i did. but having to suffer through the second episode rather than enjoy it like i sorta did the first (plus, the obvious rip-off of claire's character--down to the facial expressions--from six feet under just pissed me off).

but the producer/creator/writer's whining about the show being cancelled certainly didn't help. um, sir, it sure didn't help to have a friday time slot. but what killed it was your lack of writing talent.

i wonder if britney will be driving a ford in will n grace? that ought to make the american fanatic association go really nuts.

Posted by: dave on February 3, 2006 1:50 PM

(at the risk of sounding "whiny")

Tell me WHY it is that when a person or a group that identifies itself as Christian lodges a protest or speaks out in general - they are slapped with the label of being "whiny" - but seemingly any other group can be a loud and squeaky wheeel and THEY are simply expressing their outrage against a real or perceived slight.

If we believe that everyone has the right to speak out in favor of or against a TV show or any other media presentation (and not just switch channels or go elsewhere) -- then EVERYONE must be afforded that right without resorting to name calling.

Actually -- the "just change the channel" argument is old and empty and, I suggest, should be abondoned. The problem is that if a person/group NEVER speaks out against what they find offensive, then -- sooner or later -- there will be more and more objectionable material out there until there is nothing acceptable for them to "just change the channel" to see!

Posted by: Anthony on February 3, 2006 2:03 PM

Tell me WHY it is that when a person or a group that identifies itself as Christian lodges a protest or speaks out in general - they are slapped with the label of being "whiny" - but seemingly any other group can be a loud and squeaky wheeel and THEY are simply expressing their outrage against a real or perceived slight.

I don't think this is confined to Christians in the slightest. When liberals criticize X, pro-X conservatives call them whiny. When Christians criticize Y, pro-Y secularists call them whiny.

It's the all-American rhetorical technique: my opponents are just a bunch of hypersensitive crybabies.

If you can't take the heat, don't jump the gun out of the frying pan into the fire.

Posted by: Tyler on February 3, 2006 2:09 PM

I'm sure "Will & Grace" will portray as positive, tolerant, and accurate a picture of Christians as it does homosexuals. Right? Nothing to be concerned about here...

Posted by: Doug on February 3, 2006 2:16 PM

Whining: "To complain or protest in a childish fashion."

Is it childish to take things at face value, in the most literal sense? Perhaps that's why the American Family Association has such a bad rep. Loosen up people.

Posted by: ryan on February 3, 2006 2:31 PM

People do tend to take things VERY seriously when a perceived attack on what they hold dear strikes at the heart of their belief system.

I do feel that HOW a person/group responds to an "attack" does say MUCH about their core values to begin with.

Jesus was pretty much a non-conformist that I recall only "lost it" 2 times - ONE was when He became very angry at those who were more concerned about their rules and regulations than with a person getting healed on the sabbath - and TWO - was when He cleaned house in the Temple.
Besides those times - he was more concerned with BEING who He was - rather than paying attention to His detractors.

Posted by: Anthony on February 3, 2006 2:39 PM

This is made all the more funny by the many absurd pro-Bush statements Britney's made in the past. Once again proving the old adage that "Not all Republicans are stupid, but most stupid people are Republicans".

Posted by: Carson Stanwood on February 3, 2006 3:00 PM

Haha - that's a good one. They should be called Republicant's - as in we can't seem to find our way out of a paper bag.

Posted by: Ryan on February 3, 2006 3:04 PM

I agree with tmoney. The AFA is by far too much focused on their anti-gay cause.

That being said, the crucifix is a sacred symbol to millions of devout Christians. Christ, afterall died on it. That's a central core to the Christian faith. I don't blame those who are at least concerned or even bothered by the term "cruxi'fixins" and the plot line.

To be sure, if one is going to go all out to attack the show, then it is perhaps better to wait and see the potentially offending episodes first.

Posted by: Jonathan Trenn on February 3, 2006 3:54 PM

I agree with Jonathan. Sometimes the media does not know when to stop when poking fun at relgions and relgious beliefs. I know its a case of freedom of speech, etc. but there is line that should not crossed if people's relgious beliefs are made into a satire. That goes for any relgious befiefs even thoughs we disagree with.


Posted by: brenda on February 4, 2006 4:49 PM