Social networks lambasted TV star Eric McCormack who asked for the list of names of those attending a gala fundraiser for President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign scheduled for Sept. 17.
In a tweet, the actor who plays Truman Will in the comedy “Will&Grace” said, “Hey, The Hollywood Reporter, kindly report on everyone attending this event, so that the rest of us can be clear about who we don’t wanna work with.”
The event, organized by Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna McDaniel, RNC Co-Chair Tommy Hicks Jr., campaign manager Brad Parscale, and Trump Victory CFO Todd Ricketts, will take place the same week as the Emmy Awards Gala, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Debra Messing, McCormack’s co-star in the series, who plays Grace, wrote on Twitter, “Please print a list of all attendees. The public has a right to know.”
These incitements to target Hollywood galagoers have been harshly criticized on social networks, even by Democratic voters, who feel that this attitude is in direct opposition to First Amendment freedoms.
“Supporting someone is one thing, destroying them is another thing altogether. Why do you think @DebraMessing wants a list? So she & @EricMcCormack can ostracize (“destroy”) those who attend. It’s blatant hypocrisy and they’re being called out for it,” one person said on Twitter.
The former star of the popular series “Grey’s Anatomy,” Isaiah Washington, said in another tweet: “Hey Jack, is this tweet openly threatening to ‘blacklist’ American Citizens in Hollywood okay for the good of society?”
A woman who openly declares that she does not sympathize with President Trump was equally offended by these calls to point to American citizens.
“I strongly dislike Trump, however, everyone has a right to earn a living, everyone has protected characteristics. We all must protect our freedom to choose, even if it is the wrong choice,” the woman said on Twitter.
It seems that the choice of the media that McCormack asked to draw up the ‘blacklist’ is not coincidental.
The Hollywood Reporter showed a clear anti-Trump bias in the news of the fundraising gala by taking the president’s statements out of context.
In early August, President Trump made a statement about Hollywood in connection with the announcement of a controversial film whose promotional campaign began just days after the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
In fact, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the executives decided to advertise the film in the wake of the terrible mass murders.
This is the Universal Pictures film “The Hunt,” which focuses on a retreat for the rich and progressive elite who “hunt” what they call “deplorables.”
“Deplorables” was the nickname chosen to call the conservatives who support President Trump. The name comes from the phrase “basket of deplorables” used by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a speech during her 2016 election campaign to describe President Trump’s supporters.
It was in this context that the president said: “You talk about racist, Hollywood is racist. What they’re doing with the kind of movies they’re putting out, it’s actually very dangerous for our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country.”
However, in this latest news about the gala, it is asserted that the president made these statements when asked “about the influence his rhetoric had on the epidemic of armed violence in the United States following the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio,” which is not true.
Another example of this tendency to point to President Trump’s donors came in early August when Joaquin Castro, a Texas Democratic congressman and twin brother and campaign manager of presidential contender Julián Castro, published the names of people and companies who had donated to President Trump’s campaign.
This led to a campaign of harassment of these individuals and entities, including two retired women, according to The Daily Caller.
“I’m a naturalized citizen, I love the United States of America, I think our president is doing an incredible job,” she said. “He’s not racist, I’m not racist, they are trying to … brainwash people, I think it’s just garbage,” one of the retired women said in an interview with The Daily Caller.
“I think it’s really going to be counterproductive for them,” the woman added, and in the case of Democratic actor McCormack it looks like it is, as the actor’s attempts to create a ‘blacklist’ in Hollywood have met with fierce opposition on both sides of the political spectrum.