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Gay Iconography: Did 'Just Jack' Do More Harm Than Good?

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The phrase "gay icon" gets tossed around a lot, but what does that really mean? Welcome to Gay Iconography, a new feature where we present a proposed iconic figure or character and then ask you to weigh in with your thoughts. This week we look at an iconic (though divisive) television performance on which even the Vice President has an opinion.

For many, Sean Hayes' Emmy-winning portrayal of Jack McFarland on Will & Grace is one of the most important gay television characters of all time. Some argue that he helped introduce gay men to a huge portion of the population, while others believe "Just Jack" reduced gay men to the usual stereotypes.

Will & Grace premiered in 1998 on NBC and immediately grabbed headlines for featuring openly-gay lead characters. The show lasted for eight seasons, with Sean Hayes' Jack (along with Megan Mullally's Karen) at the center of the show's most memorable moments. The show was nominated for 83 Primetime Emmy Awards and won 16. 

While Jack's antics may have endeared him to mainstream audiences, some in the gay community were less amused. Hayes' portrayal of Jack has been criticized for reinforcing stereotypes, particularly the image of the theater-loving, campy gay man.

Since Will & Grace, Hayes has continued to have an impact in television, on- and off-camera. Relive moments from Hayes' work on Will & Grace, as well as his recent work,
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Sean Hayes: 'I Always Felt I Owed the Gay Community an Apology for Coming Out Too Late'

Sean Hayes tells the L.A. Times that early controversy over his Will and Grace character Jack McFarland being "too gay" made him go back into the closet with the media:

HayesI was so young. It made me go back in the closet [with the media] because I was so overwhelmed at 26 or 27. I didn't want the responsibility, I didn't know how to handle the responsibility of speaking for the gay community. I always felt like I owed them a huge apology for coming out too late. Some people in the gay community were very upset with me for not coming out on their terms. They don't stop to think about what's going on in somebody's personal life, and the struggles that they're having. It was all very scary. We got death threats. It was a really rough time for me, but I was also having the time of my life.

Hayes eventually came out publicly in March 2010.


What To Watch On TV This Week: RuPaul's 'Lost Season', 'Sean' debuts, 'Scandal' Returns

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As the TV season gets into full swing, check out our new weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— Travel back to 2009 with RuPaul's Drag Race: The Lost Season Ru-Vealed. See the original nine queens compete for a $20,000 cash prize on the low-budget first season of the drag reality competition tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern on Logo.

More picks and clips including the latest from Jerry O'Connell, a new Vampire Diaries spin-off, Sean Hayes, and the new season of Scandal, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Sean Hayes: No Heavy Gay Messaging in My New Sitcom

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Sean Hayes insists his new sitcom Sean Saves the World, about a single gay dad raising a teen daughter, won't be message-driven like The New Normal:

“Absolutely not. If that’s a byproduct of their viewing experience, fantastic. But it’s definitely not in the forefront of our minds when creating this show week-to-week. It’s making people laugh and telling great stories. I think with me playing a gay dad, the gay part should be the fifth most interesting thing about the character. It definitely doesn’t need to be focused on that just like in real life. So if it’s groundbreaking for being extra funny, great. But there is no agenda here other than to be funny.”

Our TV writer Bobby Hankinson talks about Hayes's new show in his column, Five New Shows to Watch and Five to Skip This Fall. Check it out HERE.


Five New Shows To See (And Five To Skip) This Fall

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BY BOBBY HANKINSON

With the fall TV season just around the corner, it’s time to clear the Law and Order: SVU reruns you amassed over the summer off your DVR and get ready to program some new series. 

If you haven’t been keeping up with the trailers and early reviews, we’ve rounded up some picks for the strongest contenders to earn your TiVo’s coveted season pass, as well as a few that aren’t worth the time.  

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This Fall's Must-See LGBT TV: VIDEOS

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When you flip on your television this fall, you’ll encounter significantly less LGBT characters than last season. After a record-setting 2012-2013 season in terms on LGBT representation on television, many of last year’s prominent series featuring gay characters -- including Happy Endings, The New Normal, Smash, Partners and Southland -- will not be returning.

Despite those losses, there are still exciting LGBT stories being told on new and returning programs. We’ve collected eight of the most buzzed-about comedies, dramas and reality programs showcasing LGBT personalities this fall. 

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