After Eric McCormack and Debra Messing demanded that The Hollywood Reporter reveal the list of donors attending President Donald Trump’s upcoming fundraiser in Beverly Hills — so, as McCormack tweeted, “the rest of us can be clear about who we don’t wanna work with” — conservatives began slamming the “Will & Grace” stars over accusations of blacklisting.
Even Trump himself called for “Bad ‘actress’ Debra The Mess Messing” to be fired from the NBC sitcom in one of his more incendiary tweets.
For reasons unknown, former “Cheers” star Kirstie Alley decided to chime in, equating the stars’ reluctance to work with Trump supporters to a homophobe’s refusal to work with gay people.
“I refuse to be part of the Hollywood asshats who can’t see that ‘NOT working with Republicans’ is as stupid and NASTY as ‘REFUSING to do business with gay people’..STOP ACTING above the FRAY ya damn hypocrites…WE are the same species! let’s help each OTHER ya damn yahoos,” Alley tweeted on Friday.
As one might expect, that particular comment it did not go over well with Alley’s fellow Hollywood stars, including Tom Arnold (who stepped it up by taking a shot at Alley’s adherence to Scientology) and Patricia Arquette, who called out Alley for condoning the Trump administration’s stance on transgender rights, separation of immigrant families seeking asylum and reproductive rights.
Alley, however, refused to back down, and continued to defend her position. Again, it did not go well.
Things took a weird turn when Alley found herself being defended by Trump supporters who assumed she was one of them, something which she attempted to clear up by declaring she was neither Democrat nor Republican, simply a “devout human rights advocate.”
On Sunday, Alley apparently realized her defensive tweets were only digging herself in deeper, and issued an apology.