Harry Connick Jr. says he's not
knowledgeable enough to speak out on behalf of gay rights.
Connick, 45, made his remarks during an
appearance on HuffPost Live.
Speaking about his guest appearances on
the NBC sitcom Will & Grace, Connick said that he “felt
like my character didn't gel with the pace of that show.”
He added that the show, which ran for 8
seasons, undeniably opened a dialogue for gay rights.
“It was so articulately and elegantly
done and presented,” he said. “A show like that is a force. And
undeniably at some point it's going to have a social type of impact.
… You had to know it would start to open a dialogue for people.
And it did.”
But when asked for his opinion on the
current state of the gay rights movement, Connick demurred, saying
he's an entertainer.
“I'm an entertainer. I get on stage
and I play and I sing and I act. That's what I do. There are people
who are very, very knowledgeable about those issues and what needs to
be done to help advance those types of legislation issue. … I'm not
that guy. I don't know how to do that. And I rarely talk about my
personal or political beliefs for that reason. … You want to talk
about how to play piano? Let's go.” (The video is embedded on
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