Will & Grace star Debra Messing has joined actress Alyssa Milano in boycotting the Women’s March.
The Women’s March, in particular the leaders Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez, and Tamika Mallory, have a history of supporting the controversial Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan. During his speeches, Farrakhan often spews anti-Semitism, misogyny, transphobia, and other bigotry.
Earlier this year, Mallory doubled down and refused to denounce Farrakhan. This led to many people online urging Mallory, Sarsour, and Perez to step down as leaders of the movement.
While the Women’s March has claimed they don’t tolerate anti-Semitism, many are skeptical considering the histories of Sarsour and Mallory specifically.
In an op-ed for the New York Post, Karol Markowicz writes:
‘What’s the point of a march run by leaders who effectively condone comments like Farrakhan’s? One of the March’s “Unity Principles” is: “We firmly declare that LGBTQIA Rights are Human Rights and that it is our obligation to uplift, expand and protect the rights of our gay, lesbian, bi, queer, trans or gender non-conforming brothers, sisters and siblings. We must have the power to control our bodies and be free from gender norms, expectations and stereotypes.” Yet when faced with someone pushing a vile stereotype, Mallory & Co. do nothing.’
Alyssa Milano & Debra Messing
On 30 October, Alyssa Milano (a prominent #MeToo activist), told LGBTI publication The Advocate about her feelings on the Women’s March.
‘Any time that there is any bigotry or anti-Semitism in that respect, it needs to be called out and addressed. I’m disappointed in the leadership of the Women’s March that they haven’t done it adequately,’ Milano said.
On Friday, 9 November, Debra Messing tweeted that article adding, ‘I stand with you.’
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) November 9, 2018
Messing, who is Jewish, has long been an advocate of LGBTI rights. Last year, as she accepted her GLAAD Excellence in Media award, she said ‘It’s time to make America gay again!’