When Actresses Attack, Part One: Will & Grace Star Shows No Grace

By Al Perrotta Published on September 13, 2018

Will and Grace actress Debra Messing isn’t much for grace. She launched a blistering Twitter attack on fellow actress Susan Sarandon for the crime of not being anti-Trump enough. 

Sarandon originally sent the Hollywood Hills shaking and quaking in November 2017 when she said Trump was a better choice for president than Hillary Clinton. Said Sarandon, “I thought Hillary was very dangerous. If she’d won, we’d be at war.” (Sarandon was a Sanders supporter.)

Now comes a Variety headline: “Donald Trump has, if anything, inspired more women and people of color to run for office, says actress Susan Sarandon.”

Why does this matter? Because of what it tells us about Hollywood. And what it tells us about the Left’s staggering assault on dissent. 

Messing’s Poor Head

Messing’s head practically exploded. She told Sarandon to shut up, though she had to throw in a profanity in doing so. She added: “Oh yes, PLEASE let’s give Trump CREDIT. I mean how else are you able to walk out on the street.”

She went on to list the predictable liberal litany of Trump’s alleged political sins, before turning her ire back to Sarandon:

YES, do go on… And LAUD the effect Trump has had. Out of DESPERATION & PANIC for the DESTRUCTION of the Soul of our country. But you don’t want to look at THAT part of the equation. Because then you’d have to admit you were dead WRONG running around bellowing that HRC was more dangerous than … Trump.

To her credit, Sarandon has taken a chill approach. She did not respond in kind.

Imagine that: Suggesting Messing get the facts first before getting unhinged. Finally, a bit of wisdom out of Hollywood.

Why Does This Story Matter?

This tells us something about Hollywood and about the Left’s compulsive assault on anyone who dissents from their line. 

Think of it: Susan Sarandon is an Oscar-winning actress who was proving her bona fides as a progressive activist when Messing was still doing musicals in high school. We’re talking about the woman who was raked through the coals for giving a left-wing political speech at the Academy Awards when one just did not do such things. Look up “Hollywood Liberal” in the dictionary 20 years ago, you’d see a picture of Susan Sarandon. For a time she made Jane Fonda look like William F. Buckley. 

My point is this: If this is the level of rage a Hollywood liberal Icon faces in public, what do you think happens behind the scenes to lesser actors and actresses who are conservative?

Imagine if you’re a day player booked on Will & Grace. Before shooting, Messing launches into an on-set political rant about Trump’s latest tweet. She then turns to you and says, “Right?!?!?!” What are you going to say?

You’re going to stay silent or give your own Oscar-worthy performance. “SURE, Debra! You bet! He’s the worst!” Otherwise, you can bet you’d be kicked off the show. Or at best you’d get through the day and suddenly find casting directors want nothing to do with you. 

We’ve Been There

My wife knows all about it. She is a brilliant actress. Yet some of her finest work came off-camera, holding it together amid liberal ravings and attacks. Take the day after the 2012 election. Her TEA party shaped-heart was crushed. But she’s no snowflake. She sucked it up, went down to the studio for a hair-styling for a TV show. Into the hair department glides a famous TV actress singing a snotty, “We beat Romney! We beat Romney!” Cheers rose up.

Rusty wanted to jump from the chair. “Only because Obama used the IRS to sabotage the TEA Party movement, suppressing their efforts in swing states like Virginia!” Instead, she acted like she wasn’t bothered. And the Emmy goes to … 

Ask Rusty how quickly her L.A. agent and friend of 20 years trashed her and blacklisted her after she finally spoke up. (Short answer: minutes.) “I spent 20 years walking around on eggshells,” she says. “Not any more.”

No, if you follow her on Twitter @TruthDancer210, you know she’s not holding back. 

Not in Hollywood Anymore

Of course, Rusty isn’t in Hollywood anymore. She’s not worried about paying the rent. Not worried about having her acting career crushed. But somewhere in Encino or Studio City or North Hollywood or Silver Lake or Venice or South L.A., an actor or actress heads to an audition today, or maybe onto a movie set, or the soundstage for Will & Grace.

They are fearful. They know that in Hollywood, a wrong word to the wrong person brings it all crashing down. 

Let’s be praying for those actors. Let any attempts to target them for their beliefs fail. Let their voices and numbers grow stronger. And let the town built on written dialogue actually become open to dialogue. 


Al Perrotta is the Managing Editor of The Stream, and co-author of the book The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration

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  • Karen

    You control the entire government and you’re scaring people about the opinions of sitcom actresses. If your wife couldn’t handle political criticism, she’s a coward. Millions of us work in much worse jobs for much worse pay and endure rants about how women in paying jobs are ruining men or that dark-skinned people are all welfare cheats and how great Trump is. If this is how you take winning, you should lose. You’re a great deal better at it.

    • Nick Stuart

      That’s right Al. You and your wife’s attitudes have been noticed you know. Oh yes, they’ve been noticed.
      Your deviation from the shining path of Leftist Juche has been marked down and come the revolution you names will be at the top of the list.

    • Dave

      These people wake up early in the morning, and sometimes they’re out until the straddle of the night just looking for someone to complain about. I guess this guy got tired of complaining about Nike and couldn’t find anything else

      • We must do whatever these “betters” say of us, eh comrade?

    • John A.

      I think you are making that up. Troll somewhere else.

    • So you are angry your “revolution” isn’t going as planned and you are angry people won’t give up?

      • Karen

        I’m angry that you, who control everything, are still whining about actresses and the rest of us disagreeing with you. Also, nothing makes me more livid than a woman like Perrotta’s wife and the rest of the Schlaflybots who steal the benefits of feminism for themselves and try to take it away from the rest of us. Conservative women should be examples for the rest of us and stay home and be the completely silent doormats they want the rest of us to be. If she wants to have any public opinions whatsoever, she should be a feminist.

        • centerleftυsa

          So NIGELTEAPOT controls everything? What a revelation.

          I think you’re mentally ill.

        • subversives and marxists desperately trying to salvage a “revolution” are not to be tolerated.

          feminism is an attempt to turn women into slaves for liberals. They make you kill children, act as demonic playthings, and force you to do deny your nature so you can be a toy. It isn’t hard to see what feminism actually is.

          That misery that consumes every second of your life is due to your feminism alone.

        • Kevin Carr

          When have conservative women ever said that women should stay at home an be silent doormats? Please cite. What does Nigelteapot control? Is he or anyone else controlling you? What is that is going to be taken away from you?

          • Anne

            That was sarcasm.

          • Kevin Carr

            Sorry, dense.

        • Man, I knew someone was blocking my way forward in life. Turns out it was NIGELTEAPOT all along. Curse you, Nigel! How was I to know that he controlled everything? I mean, he’s even controlling my fingers as I type this. He even controls when I visit the bathroom next. Curse you, Nigel!

          Whoa! You can steal the benefits of a cultural development and at the same time take them away from other people? Cool! I’ll get right on that.

          Conservative women tell other women to stay home and be doormats? LOL LOL. You don’t know ANY conservative women.

          And you just proved the point of the article — you are the censor. You are Hollywood. You are just another example of someone who demands that everyone agree with them.

  • Alfred the Great

    Kinda fun to watch. Cat fights always are.
    The sad thing is that people who don’t worship God do worship celebrities. Talk about making bad choices for gods.

  • childofjehovah

    id invite Ben Shapiro to be my guest on set, watch their heads spin around….

  • Howard Rosenbaum

    Well the conflict lies in that one of these woman is a liberal & the other one is a card carrying member of the new left. Plainly neither of them are “right” ….

  • AvantiBev

    As an actress in Chicago, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your article. I made the mistake of saying something against Obama “care & control” within earshot of a prominent Chicago casting director and was blackballed for close to a year. I am a strong, independent woman but I keep my Constitional conservative and free market opinions to myself and NEVER speak about politics on the set or within earshot of the theatrical community. God bless your wife.

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