Normally, I don’t bother remarking on crazy political comments from celebrities’ Twitter feeds because (1.) I have limited time and space, and (2.) who really cares? Some celebrities seem to think that they are vastly influential on public policy, but if even Taylor Swift couldn’t get a Democrat elected in her home state (Marsha Blackburn beat Swift’s choice, Phil Bredesen, by over 10 points), then who is really basing their presidential vote on Bette Midler’s latest rant?
But I’m going to break my rule today because a recent pair of tweets from “Will and Grace” stars Eric McCormack and Debra Messing (who rants leftwardly on Twitter at Midler-esque volume) exposed a particularly ugly and hypocritical side of the Hollywood left and brought down a heavy backlash, even among some on the left.
It started with a story in the Hollywood Reporter about a fundraiser for Trump in Beverly Hills. McCormack responded by tweeting this, which was echoed by Messing:
“Hey (Hollywood Reporter), kindly report on everyone attending this event, so the rest of us can be clear about who we don’t wanna work with.”
Many leapt to point out the intolerance of the overt threat of blacklisting people simply for holding non-leftist political views. Some even invoked the term “McCarthyism,” which is especially hypocritical, considering all the movies Hollywood has made about the ‘50s blacklist of Hollywood communists, and how horrible that was, and all the awards they’ve given themselves for making them.
Fellow NBC sitcom star John O’Hurley of “Seinfeld,” who is an outspoken conservative, offered an eloquent response to liberal Hollywood’s rejection of diversity of thought, calling it “obscene” and “lunacy.”
But here’s another point I’d hope the two intolerant liberal stars would think about: “Will and Grace” is often lauded by the left for helping to “normalize” gay people. Its creators are quite proud of themselves for helping change the culture to make it easier for gays to “come out of the closet” and openly express who they are. And now, its stars are trying to bully and threaten conservatives to go into the closet and be afraid to express how they really think for fear of being blacklisted and losing their livelihoods.
There’s an old saying that extremists always become the thing they hate. I think we can mark this down as the date when the ultra-woke stars of “Will and Grace” officially become conserva-phobe bigots.