Whoopi Goldberg says Debra Messing and Eric McCormack are playing a dangerous game.
The two “Will & Grace” stars requested The Hollywood Reporter print a name of all attendees attending a Beverly Hills fundraiser for U.S. President Donald Trump.
Goldberg took exception with the idea and warned everyone it was a dangerous game. Goldberg addressed the two “Will & Grace” stars’ requests on Tuesday’s episode of “The View”.
“Last time people did this, people started killing themselves. This is not a good idea,” said Goldberg, comparing it to the Cold War. “Your idea of who you don’t want to work with is your personal business.”
“Do not encourage people to print out lists, the next list that comes out, your name will be on and people will be coming after you,” she continued. “We had something called the blacklist and a lot of really good people were accused of stuff.”
Goldberg, 63, continued her tirade against the idea. “Nobody cared whether it was true or not. They were accused and they lost their right to word,” she said. “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.”
“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,” she concluded. “Think about it, read about it, remember what the blacklist actually meant to people and don’t encourage anyone, anyone to do it.”
Goldberg’s co-hosts Meghan McCain and Joy Behar agreed with her, while Sunny Hostin noted that donations are public records. ET Canada reached out to reps for Messing and McCormack, who later responded via social media.
“I want to be clear about my social media post from last week, which has been misinterpreted in a very upsetting way. I absolutely do not support blacklists or discrimination of any kid, as anyone who knows me would attest,” wrote McCormack in a message he posted to Instagram.
“I’d simply like to understand where Trump’s major donations are coming from, which is a matter of public record,” he added. “I am holding myself responsible for making educated and informed decisions that I can morally and ethically stand by and to do that, transparency is essential.”
Messing reposted her co-stars message, adding, “My friend @eric_mccormack posted this today. It perfectly explains the intent behind each of our posts concerning the fundraiser. I am posting it here because, honestly, I couldn’t have said it better.”
Despite Messing and McCormack’s messages, Meghan McCain wasn’t having any of it.