Debra Messing and Eric McCormack of the TV show Will & Grace are retreating from their strong position that Trump donors in Hollywood should be blacklisted. The pair are claiming they never said that. To refresh your memory, here are the original tweets that caused the uproar.
— Eric McCormack (@EricMcCormack) August 30, 2019
Please print a list of all attendees please. The public has a right to know. https://t.co/YV4UoxrPHI
— Debra Messing✍🏻 (@DebraMessing) August 31, 2019
The two rabid anti-Trump celebrities were pretty clear that they wanted the names of the party-goers so that they could blacklist them from any future work. In McCormack’s own words, he wanted the list so that “the rest of us can be clear about who we don’t wanna work with.” That statement very clearly endorses blacklisting actors who donate to Trump to keep them from work because of their political beliefs.
These sentiments caused an uproar even with some on the left, including Whoopie Goldberg, who came out strongly against making lists of political enemies.
“Do not encourage people to print out lists,” said Goldberg on The View. “Because the next list that comes out, your name will be on it and then people will be coming after you… People can vote for who they want to and that’s one of the great rights of this country. You don’t have to like it, but we don’t go after people because we don’t like who they voted for.” Even the caustic Joy Behar agreed that calling for a blacklist was over the line.
Messing and McCormack “clarified” their statements in an Instagram post trying to claim they didn’t mean to call for the very blacklist they called for.
“I want to be clear about my social media post from last week, which have been misinterpreted in a very upsetting way,” wrote McCormack. “I absolutely do not support blacklists or discrimination of any kind.” This suggests that McCormack has no idea what a blacklist is and should look to his original tweet for a definition. Webster defines blacklist as the following.
black·list | ˈblak-ˌlist
Definition of blacklist
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1: a list of persons who are disapproved of or are to be punished or boycotted2: a list of banned or excluded things of disreputable charactera domain-name blacklist… helped the government keep marijuana on the blacklist.— Cynthia Cotts
Claiming that his very clear statements about not working with donors to the Trump campaign were “misinterpreted” is pretty laughable. Messing retweeted the retraction, claiming it spoke for her as well. Anyone with half a brain can see that both of them are lying and just trying to cover up a very bad PR moment. I think we all know that what’s true, and that is what they let out of the bag last week. Neither one believes that Trump supporters should be allowed to put food on the table. Is anyone buying this re-statement?