Messing Calls Role for ‘Gay Rights’ ‘Proudest Moment of My Life’

Messing gushes over ‘Will and Grace’ influence on society.

Gay rights are right up there with giving birth, according to this famous actress.

Actress Debra Messing appeared as a guest on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” Feb. 3. During the show, Host Seth Meyers asked Messing how she felt about her previous role in the “beloved show,” “Will and Grace.” Besides giving birth, Messing gushed that the show’s influence on “gay rights” was “the proudest moment of my life.”

Much beloved by the media, the show featured a gay man (Eric McCormack) and a straight woman (Messing) rooming together.  

Messing’s full response to Meyer cited comments by Vice President Joe Biden:

When the vice president of the United States said that Will and Grace did more for gay rights than anything else in the world, besides the birth of my son, that was the proudest moment of my life.

“As well it should be,” Meyers of course responded. 

“I’m going to be Grace forever,” she added, “and I embrace that, I love it.”

It’s great that Messing can take credit for what she sees as the positive influence her TV show had on society. Would she be just as ready to take responsibility for the cultural effects of the relentless violence and sex in Hollywood’s offerings?

— Katie Yoder is Staff Writer, Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow in Culture and Media at the Media Research Center. Follow Katie Yoder on Twitter.