In case you haven’t heard, Will & Grace’s Debra Messing and Eric McCormack recently championed a blacklisting of anyone in Hollywood who supports Donald Trump (see more here):
— Eric McCormack (@EricMcCormack) August 30, 2019
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) August 31, 2019
Seinfeld star John O’Hurley — the great J. Peterman, no less — recently came to the defense of true diversity in Hollywood, calling the use of a “bully pulpit” “lunacy” (here).
Well, now another Tinseltowner’s condemning the idea.
During Tuesday’s installment of The View — and referencing the McCarthy era — loud liberal Whoopi Goldberg laid it out:
“Listen, the last time people did this, people ended up killing themselves. This is not a good idea, okay? Your idea of who you don’t want to work with is your personal business. Do not encourage people to print out lists because the next list that comes out, your name will be on and then people will be coming after you.”
Wow. Wise words, Whoop.
“We had something called a blacklist, and a lot of really good people were accused of stuff. Nobody cared whether it was true or not. They were accused. And they lost their right to work. You don’t have the right! In this country, people can vote for who they want to. That is one of the great rights of this country.”
Due process, too? Whoopi really brought the good stuff.
We need more people who think like her in this regard. Then perhaps we wouldn’t have insane incidents such as this.
“You don’t have to like it, but we don’t go after people because we don’t like who they voted for,” the Oscar/Tony/Grammy/Emmy winner insisted. “We don’t go after them that way. We can talk about issues and stuff, but we don’t print out lists.”
In this climate, it seems to me, her message is like rain to a desert. Bring it on.
“I’m sure you guys misspoke when you said that because it sounded like a good idea. Think about it. Read about it. Remember what the blacklist actually meant to people, and don’t encourage anyone — anyone to do it.”
On ABC’s gabfest, Whoopi’s been known to cut off discussion of narratives that weren’t going where she apparently preferred. Nonetheless, I believe she’s a good person who wants to see good in the world. What she said Tuesday was a positive contribution toward that.
Hopefully, some in Hollywood will get the message.
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