This week both President Obama and Vice President Biden have come out in defense of gay marriage, which we all knew was going to happen before their first term ended. This blog is not about whether or not homosexuals should be allowed to get married, because I have written about that here and here.
Instead, I want to focus on who got the credit for the “shift” in their stance. Joe Biden credits the 1998-2006 sitcom Will and Grace for doing “more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody’s ever done so far.[i]”
If you aren’t familiar with that show, it featured a straight woman who lived with her gay male best friend; there was another homosexual man on the cast as well.
And in case you aren’t familiar with the word sitcom, it means situation comedy, not to be confused with documentary. It’s not as if Mr. Biden is crediting some documentary about a gay couple, or some reality show about two men trying to raise a family. He cited a comedy—with a team of writers—for educating America and shaping domestic policy.
That would be like passing legislation to make paper companies more efficient in the Northeast after watching The Office.
Don’t get hung up in the politics here (like, Do we really want an administration ruling the country based on Comedy Central?); instead, think about this from a Christian perspective. The vice president of the United States has admitted what I have been criticized for saying for years, and that is the media we watch shapes us.
As often as I mention how shows like Family Guy, Two and a Half Men and Modern Family are ruining this country, I get comments from defensive people saying, “It doesn’t bother me.” I am also reminded that I shouldn’t “judge.”
Media has an agenda that goes beyond their paycheck. Consider how Modern Family added a gay kiss to appease GLAAD. Do you not think the agenda behind Will and Grace was to do exactly what Mr. Biden said they did—to change America’s perception of homosexuality? This is a show with a team of writers carefully analyzing every word, gesture, and setting, to make the show exactly what it was.
This same process shapes every TV show and movie that we watch. We constantly remind our children “Oh be careful little eyes what you see.” That same advice, if it is good for our young ones, should be good for us older ones.
The Prince of the Power of the Air controls the airwaves, but he doesn’t have to control your remote.