• Whoopi Whips Up on Celebs Dabbling in Modern-Day McCarthyism

    Surge Summary: The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg takes to task actors Debra Messing and Eric McCormack for their call to expose other those who were planning on attending a Beverly Hills Donald Trump fundraiser. 

    If anybody is able to appreciate the importance of truth – regardless of who or what is proclaiming it – it ought to be those of us who pronounce ourselves “conservatives”. Even those wrong about most everything can have their moments – you know, a blind squirrel finding the nut, the broken clock, right twice a day?

    When it’s someone with whom we almost always disagree, a spokesman for “the other side” articulates a scrap of wisdom or a fragment of what is true? People of integrity acknowledge it.

    Time for some acknowledgement …

    The Daily Beast’s Mat Wilstein shares:

    The View Host Whoopi Goldberg isn’t pleased with actress Debra Messing’s call to publicize 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.”

    During Tuesday’ s season premiere, The View co-host Joy Behar joked “white list” would be a preferable title instead of “blacklist”.

    Reportedly, Goldberg wasn’t laughing.

    “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.”

    (Double surprise, by the way: Behar shared Whoopi’s discomfort with Messing’s proposed list of shame (!).)

    It wont’s surprise many that the President jumped into the fray, tweeting Messing came up to him at an event when they both worked at NBC, and “profusely thanked me, even calling me ‘Sir.’” He added, “How times have changed!”

    “You don’t have to like it, but we don’t go after people because we don’t like who they voted for,” Goldberg added. “We don’t go after them that way. We can talk about issues and stuff, but we don’t print out lists.”

    She than spoke to Messing and her Will & Grace co-star Eric McCormack, who had joined in her call to expose the Trump-gathering attendees:

    “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.”

    Hey, credit where it is due: Whoopi boldly tipped her hat to a handful of vital and long-cherished values: basic respect for others, tolerance for differing points of view, discretion and restraint. In the process, she also called out a couple of fellow Leftist colleagues who’d indulged in conduct disgraceful to these values. Messing and McCormack were trading in modern-day of McCarthyism; with a Tinsel Town vibe thrown in. Ms.Goldberg was having none of it. Big props to her on that score.

    I look forward to being able to someday pat on the back lots of her fellow La-La Land peers for similar acts of career-defying courage.

     

    H/T: Mat Wilstein/The Daily beast

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    Image: (Whoopi Goldberg); By John Mathew Smith & www.celebrity-photos.com from Laurel Maryland, USA – Whoopi Goldberg, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=75195307

    Image: (Debra Messing); By David Shankbone – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7968329

    Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=DefB18DQMjI


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