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Actress Debra Messing has deleted a tweet about Donald Trump and apologized after it prompted accusations of homophobia against her.
The Will & Grace star campaigned tirelessly for Joe Biden to win the election and has been outspoken in her criticism of President Trump over the past four years.
Last week, the World Health Organization’s chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus issued a tweet highlighting Germany’s Angela Merkel’s actions to fight coronavirus in the country. Messing retweeted that tweet, contrasting Merkel with Trump.
“AMERICA. THIS is a LEADER,” she wrote in the now-deleted Tweet. “@realDonaldTrump, you are 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.”
The tweet did not go down well with everyone. Some branded it homophobic, while others said she shouldn’t wish sexual assault upon anyone.
“Love you Deb but please don’t bring gay sex into the equation as something derogatory,” said one.
Love you Deb but please don’t bring gay sex into the equation as something derogatory.
— jeffie zitofsky (@jeffyz) December 10, 2020
Wow, you’re quite the #homophobe
You just put a lot of gay youth at risk. Thanks for that.
— Balem Hendricks (@OracleOfFreedom) December 12, 2020
Yesterday, right-wing news site the Daily Wire (yes, the same site that has Ben Shapiro as an editor) ran a story on Messing being accused of homophobia. This prompted the actress to issue an apology.
“I’d like to say I have been an LGBTQIA ally for decades, and I was in no way referencing LGBTQI/queer love/sexuality,” she said. “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.”
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. https://t.co/Q6SLIo9DWc
— Debra Messing✍🏻 (@DebraMessing) December 14, 2020
Others were quick to come to Messing’s defense.
“Debra, there’s absolutely no need for you to apologize. You’ve been a truly amazing ally of the LGBTQ+ community for as long as I can remember. Love you, and welcome your support in our ongoing battle for equality for all!!”
Debra, there’s absolutely no need for you to apologize. You’ve been a truly amazing ally of the LGBTQ+ community for as long as I can remember. Love you, and welcome your support in our ongoing battle for equality for all!! ❤️ 🌈 💖
— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) December 15, 2020
I think many ppl want karma to pay him a visit. I understand how the words said can be seen as offensive though. Knowing the great taste my uncle has, most gay men wouldn’t touch the orange turd with a ten foot pole. 🤢🤮
— Shades3130 (@searay6672) December 15, 2020
It’s possible to be a persuasive ally of lgbt rights, yet also instinctively perpetuate the idea that being penetrated is a humiliating & emasculating punishment, the subject of endless jeering and bullying and a notion directly responsible for countless acts of violent hazing.
— Cascadian (@CascadiaForever) December 15, 2020
No apology necessary for me, personally. The “Will & Grace” effect started making waves and gave me the courage to come out in high school in middle Tennessee in 2001. You’re a trailblazer who made some of our lives possible as they are. Apology demanders, learn your history!!!
— Keith Smith (@SpecialK1984) December 14, 2020
Honestly, I’m pretty sure it was an innocent figure of speech. Let’s just say, Trump is getting a taste of his own medicine, at least you are apologizing but can we say the same for Trump. I wouldn’t waste an apology, what Trump is continuing doing is way worse.
— Vampireknight (@vampireknight) December 15, 2020
As a gay man, I don’t find your comments homophobic at all. I’ve made similar comments myself regarding Trump. The only difference being his cellmate would be a 400lbs hairy dude named Bubba.
— christopher (@CKTfurs) December 15, 2020
Fellow actor and LGBTQ advocate George Takei also came to Messing’s defense, simply saying he’d thought her tweet hilarious.
I thought it was hilarious!
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 15, 2020