AFA TARGETS NBC’S ‘WILL & GRACE’
Claims Britney Spears Plotline Disrespectful to Christianity
American Family Association
The American Family Association had targeted the network after NBC sent out a press release that included the storyline for Ms. Spears’s guest appearance: “Out TV,” the fictional network that airs Jack’s “Jack Talk” program, is bought by a Christian TV network, and Ms. Spears’ character is brought on to be Jack’s new religious co-host. She introduces a cooking segment on the show called “Cruci-fixin’s.”
Randy Sharp, director of special projects for the American Family Association, which is based in Tupelo, Miss., and headed by Donald Wildmon, called the program a "direct attack on people of faith” from a network that "has a history of anti-Christian bigotry.”
“They would not be making fun of Mohammed or Buddha,” he said. “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.”
Now the network contends such a segment hasn’t even been written.
“Some erroneous information was mistakenly included in a press release describing an upcoming episode of ‘Will & Grace’ which, in fact, has yet to be written,” an NBC spokesperson said.
The AFA had previously targeted NBC for its midseason replacement series, “Book of Daniel,” which featured Aidan Quinn as a pill-popping priest who deals with such family issues as his alcoholic wife, a gay son and a brother who made off with millions of church dollars. The conservative group claimed victory Jan. 24 when the show was canceled after three episodes and virtually no outside advertisers.