Daily Archives: August 23, 2018

Will & Grace Character Review: Will Truman

The new list of characters is…..the characters from Will & Grace.

*Warning: This post contains spoilers about the characters from the television series Will & Grace. Read at your own risk if you have not watched either the previous series or the new series.

There is something to be said about a well written, human character. They leap off the page and speak to us as if they were right in front us, as flesh and blood human beings, instead of fictional creations.

In this series of weekly blog posts, I will examine character using the characters from Will & Grace to explore how writers can create fully dimensional, human characters that audiences and readers can relate to.

Will Truman (Eric McCormack) is a lawyer living in New York City. He is gay and shares an apartment with his best friend, Grace Adler (Debra Messing) who is straight and an interior designer by trade. Will was born into a WASP-y and wealthy New England family. He came out after he and Grace dated briefly in college. In the pilot, Will is newly single after his long-term relationship had then recently ended.

Upon first glance, one might not think that Will Truman is gay. He is not the effeminate stereotype, but he has his moments. He can be very critical, nit picky and a little too staid in his choices.  But when push comes to shove, Will is there for his friends. Known as the most mature and steady one in his immediate social circle, Will often the straight man compared to the other characters.

To sum it up: When creating a character based on a stereotype to break the stereotype, the key is to use a little bit of the stereotype while building up the whole human being that is the character. Will Truman works as a character because while he is still a gay man, he is not only defined by the gay stereotype. As writers, it is our job to humanize characters like Will Truman to ensure that feel like complete human beings, not stereotypes.

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Thoughts On The Double Standard Of The Accused Killers Of Mollie Tibbets And Shanann Watts

As much as I would love to say that America has become a post-racial society, the reality is that the issue of race and skin color is very much a sore spot for many Americans.

This issue is especially highlighted by the response to the murders of Mollie Tibbetts and Shanann Watts.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera, the accused killer of Mollie Tibbetts, has been called out by authorities as an illegal immigrant originally from Mexico. It didn’t take long for certain people in this country to use the murder of this innocent girl as an excuse to ramp up discrimination against immigrants and more specifically, immigrants of color.

This week, Christopher Watts was accused of killing his pregnant wife, Shannan Watts, their unborn son and their two pre-school age daughters. While the outrage of the murders is the same, the reaction differs slightly. Mr. Watts is a Caucasian male who I presume is an American citizen. While Mr. Rivera was labelled all sorts of names because of his immigration status and skin color, in addition to his accused crime, Mr. Watts was only labelled for his accused crime.

There is clearly a double standard going on. Justice should be blind. A person accused of a crime should be judged based on the facts, not on his or her race, immigration status or national origin. Unfortunately, I fear that all three of those may play a part when Mr. Rivera has his day in court.

 

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Thoughts On Betsy DeVos Allowing Federal Funds To Buy Guns For Teachers

When you know was running for President in 2016, he promised to hire the best people to fill out the many positions in his administration.

I don’t know about anyone else, but in my opinion Betsy DeVos is far from the best person to ensure that American children receive the best education possible.

Her latest proposal to is allow schools to use federal funds to pay for guns and gun training for school personnel.

If all previous signs have pointed to her being completely under qualified for her job, this new proposal is akin to large blinking red light flashing danger.

According to a report last year from the Pew Research Center, American children lag well behind their peers worldwide when it comes education.

What our children (and their teachers by extension) need is not guns on campus. They need books, computers, school buildings that are not falling apart, etc. Many of our students may reach high school or college and need remedial classes to catch up academically to their classmates.  A brand new high school student should not be starting 9th grade with a reading level of a fifth grader, but the reality is that many students walk into high school academically unprepared to succeed.

This inane proposal also bring the issue of gun control back into the spotlight. We should not spending tax dollars on arming teachers, we should be writing laws that protect innocent civilians while respecting the rights of responsible gun owners.

From my perspective, the idea of spending federal tax dollars to arm teachers is just another reason why you know who and his administration are taking this country down a path that I fear we may never come from.

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Throwback Thursday-Love It Or List It (2008-Present)

The title of “reality show” is a misnomer. We all know that it’s not 100% real. But even with the knowledge, it’s hard not enjoy some reality shows.

In 2008, Love It Or List It premiered on HGTV. Each episode follows a two people (usually a couple) who are dissatisfied with their current home. One partner believes that the solution is to move and start over in a new home. The other partner believes that renovating their home will resolve whatever issues they have. Enter interior designer Hilary Farr and real estate agent David Visentin. Hilary’s job is to renovate the home and convince the homeowners to stay. David’s job is to show them homes for sale and convince them to move. At the end of each episode, the homeowners must make a decision. Will they love their home or will they list it?

The fun of this show is not just the ups and downs of renovation and shopping for a new home. Hilary and David’s verbal sparring adds to the fun and the tension of the question of the homeowner’s final decision.

I recommend it.

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