This weekend, two of Hollywood’s most regrettable leftists – “Will & Grace” stars Debra Messing and Eric McCormack – learned that President Trump would be attending a Hollywood fundraiser meant to put some more money in the ol’ re-election campaign coffers. This, of course, was an outrage worthy of a tweet. Indeed, in Messing and McCormack’s estimation, anyone who attended such a fundraiser should be run out of Tinseltown on a railcar.
“Please print a list of all attendees please,” Messing wrote in response to the story. “The public has a right to know.”
Her co-star went further: “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.”
The tweets drew jeers from President Trump, conservative supporters, and anyone who dislikes the idea of people being publicly shamed for their political affiliations. But, naturally, they’ve garnered very little condemnation from Hollywood, where it is tacitly (if not actively) encouraged to be as rabidly anti-Trump, anti-Republican Party as possible. It can only do wonders for your career.
Thankfully, there remain a handful of conservative actors willing to speak out, including former Seinfeld star John O’Hurley, who famously played Elaine’s boss J. Peterman in the later seasons of the hit sitcom. Appearing on Fox News on Monday, O’Hurley said Messing and McCormack’s tweets were unfortunate, if not entirely surprising.
“I think they have the bully pulpit right now to say it out loud. I don’t think it permeates Hollywood to the degree that you think it is. I think there is a nature among liberal thinkers to form packs, to form groups, whereas the conservative mind is basically an individual, and they’re tougher to find,” O’Hurley said of Hollywood’s leftist reputation.
“Let me just say I’m embarrassed for both of them because I know them both,” he said of the sitcom stars. “I’ve worked with Debra before. They’re both smart people…they do wonderful work. But they’re pushing a case that falls apart from the sheer weight of its lunacy, as though the Hollywood community needs to be purged of this social and intellectual hygiene problem called conservative thinking. It underscores the fact that ‘We aren’t receptive to a diversity of thought,’ which is the exact opposite of what you feel the liberal way would be. And I find that obscene.”
O’Hurley said that some of his best relationships in Hollywood have been with open-minded liberals willing to actually discuss political ideas.
“Some of the best convos I’ve ever had on Seinfeld were with Michael Richards, who thinks totally different than I do,” he recalled. “I couldn’t wait to present him with an issue because I was always interested in his perspective. Brian Cranston is the complete opposite of me. We can sit for hours and discuss an idea – not with the premise of trying to convince each other.”
Honest, thoughtful discussion about politics? That’s becoming a rare thing, even outside the boundaries of Hollywood. It would be nice to see it make a comeback, but as far as we can tell, the take-no-prisoners approach of Messing and McCormack is, sadly, the order of the day.