Debra Messing is speaking out to the fans who have expressed concerns that the new revival of Will & Grace will be stuck in the past success of the LGBT show, as opposed to moving forward and addressing the current climate of LGBT issues.
Messing said that the producers and writers of the show completely understand that in the years since Will & Grace has been on the air, a number of more progressive television series with LGBT themes have come out, such as Grey’s Anatomy, Orange Is The New Black, and most recently Transparent.
“It’s a whole new world now where being gay and lesbian is not something that people are hiding like they did when we started almost 20 years ago,” Messing confirmed.
“I think that there’s an opportunity to now celebrate all the other initials of LGBTQ. It will be great to come out of this next round and feel like we’re normalizing an even larger segment of underrepresented people on prime-time television.”
Messing said that she felt that Will & Grace was the show at the forefront of LGBT acceptance on television.
“I feel proud that we were able to finally represent the gay and lesbian community in mainstream media and change minds and hearts. Of course, we couldn’t do everything all at once, but I think we pushed the ball very, very far down the field. Now, the goal post is in a different place and I think that there’s obviously more to go.”
The actress said that the show is very aware of what is happening politically in our country.
“It’s a scary and confusing time in our country and we just felt like we wanted to make other people laugh right now,” she added.