Debra Messing, Emphasis on the Mess

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Will and Grace actor Debra Messing, the only celebrity with a last name that accurately describes their behavior, is under fire this week for Tweeting comments deemed homophobic at the expense of soon-to-be-ex-President Donald Trump, defending those comments as not-homophobic, and then apologizing and deleting the aforementioned Tweets. Take a swig of coffee, this one is a doozy.

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On Wednesday, Messing Tweeted, “@realDonaldTrump you are a weak, scared, stupid, inept, negligent, vindictive, narcissistic, criminal. I hope you live a long life in prison where you become the most popular boyfriend to the all inmates,” according to The Independent.

The Daily Wire, a conservative propaganda site founded by noted shithead Ben Shapiro, labeled the Tweet “homophobic,” which Messing retorted with a confounding, “Let me be clear: I said nothing about LGBTQI/queer LOVE. Rape is an act of violence. Trump has perpetrated violence on hundreds of millions of people,” she wrote on Monday. “My hope is (and this is the first time in my life) that the tables are turned and he is the victim of perpetrators. #LGBTQIAally.” Both of her Tweets have been deleted.

Recognizing (or perhaps, being told by her PR team to recognize) her folly, Messing Tweeted an apology, writing, “I’d like to say I have been an LGBTQIA ally for decades, and I was in no way referencing LGBTQI/queer love/sexuality. It is not my proudest moment, but 45 has victimized 100s of millions of ppl; I had wished the tables turned on him. I apologize for the offensive way I did it.”

Okay! [The Independent]


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“Let me be clear: I said nothing about LGBTQI/queer LOVE. Rape is an act of violence. Trump has perpetrated violence on hundreds of millions of people,” she wrote on Monday. “My hope is (and this is the first time in my life) that the tables are turned and he is the victim of perpetrators. #LGBTQIAally.”

I’m having trouble thinking of any situation in which “Don’t misunderstand, what I meant was I hope someone gets raped” would be a defense to anything.