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The View’s Whoopi Goldberg may usually side with left-wing nuts and has made her fair share out outrageous statements echoing the popular anti-Trump sentiment among liberals, but even she felt called to speak out against actors Debra Messing and Eric McCormack’s demand for a blacklist of Trump supporters to discriminate against.
During an episode of The View, Goldberg compared Messing and McCormack’s call for the list to the McCarthy area of the 1950s, during which Hollywood actors accused of being communists led to discrimination.
“Listen, the last time people did this, people ended up killing themselves,” said Whoopi,
“This is not a good idea, OK? 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.”
Later on, Whoopi added a rare statement that most liberals seem to have forgotten since Trump got elected,
“In this country, people can vote for who they want to. That is one of the great rights of this country.”
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For reference, here are the tweets from the Will & Grace co-stars that Goldberg was calling out:
The Hollywood Reporter commented on Goldberg's comendation of Messing and McCormack's call for the blacklist:
President Donald Trump will swing through California in two weeks as part of his re-election campaign, and he has scheduled a Sept. 17 stop at a big-ticket fundraiser in Beverly Hills. The Hollywood Reporter provided details of that event in an Aug. 29 story, a report which led to a Twitter back-and-forth over the holiday weekend between Trump and Will & Grace star Debra Messing.
In a tweet on Friday, the actress called on THR to "print a list of all attendees please," adding that "the public has a right to know." Her longtime co-star Eric McCormack responded to Messing's message with a similar request: "Hey, @THR, Kindly report on everyone attending this event, so the rest of us can be clear about who we don’t wanna work with. Thx." Trump also weighed in, posting, "I have not forgotten that when it was announced that I was going to do The Apprentice, and when it then became a big hit, helping NBC’s failed lineup greatly, @DebraMessing came up to me at an Upfront & profusely thanked me, even calling me 'Sir.' How times have changed."
On Tuesday, their exchange made its way to airwaves via The View, and Whoopi Goldberg was not pleased that Messing and McCormack would make such a request. In a heated dialogue with fellow panelists Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin, Goldberg said that "the last time people did this" it did not end well.
"People ended up killing themselves. This is not a good idea," she said, in reference to the infamous Hollywood blacklist. "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. ... In this country, people can vote for who they want to. That is 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. We don’t go after them that way. We can talk about issues and stuff, but we don’t print out lists. 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."
The Daily Beast also said:
Whoopi Goldberg is not impressed with actress Debra Messing’s call to out the attendees of an upcoming Trump fundraiser in Beverly Hills. “Please print a list of all attendees please,” the Will & Grace star tweeted at The Hollywood Reporter over the holiday weekend. “The public has a right to know.”
After The View co-host Joy Behar joked during Tuesday’s season premiere that instead of a blacklist, they “should call it a white-list,” Goldberg turned serious.
“Listen, the last time people did this, people ended up killing themselves,” Goldberg said, referring to Joseph McCarthy’s Hollywood blacklist of the 1950s. “This is not a good idea, OK?” As Meghan McCain nodded in agreement, “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.”
“We had something called a blacklist and a lot of really good people were accused of stuff,” she continued. “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.”