Last week, NBC (“The tone-deaf network!”) sent out a press release that the Gay Show, I mean “Will & Grace”, (is that still on?) would feature Britney Spears as a guest and she would play a “Christian fundamentalist” talk show host who does a cooking segment called “Crucifixins”. That seemed mighty dumb. After all, NBC just got whacked with the big debacle over “Book of Daniel,” so why would they be looking for another opportunity to offend a huge part of their audience?
Now NBC is claiming that there was misunderstanding. They claim that an overzealous press release writer made a mistake.
“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,” NBC said in a statement.
Of course, that’s not exactly a denial. Where did that information come from? How many layers of approval does a press release have to go through before it can be sent out? If the script isn’t even written, was it still part of the story process? Were they planning on doing it before word leaked?
What’s interesting is how quickly they scrambled to control the damage. It looks like somebody in Hollywood might be starting to get the clue that offending vast swaths of the American viewing public is not good business. And we didn’t have to riot or threaten to burn down buildings to accomplish that. Someone should ask al-Jazeera to let everyone know that non-violent protest works..
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