TV Star McCormack's Call for Hollywood Trump Donors To Be Blacklisted Backfires Spectacularly


It’s a common mistake to believe Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s witch-hunts included the Hollywood blacklists. These were actually the doing of the House Un-American Activities Committee, or HUAC, a totally distinct body that often gets conflated with McCarthy’s own activities.

Perhaps that’s why Hollywood celebrities don’t seem to have learned the right lessons from McCarthy’s witch hunt. Instead, they seem to have learned his tactics.

Eric McCormack, as you may have forgotten, was the titular Will Truman in the sitcom “Will & Grace.” He continues to work, albeit probably not in anything you’ve watched.

However, he wants you to know that he’s not going to work with anyone who attends a California fundraiser for President Donald Trump.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a Beverly Hills fundraiser for the president is going to take place Sept. 17, during the week of the Emmys. As might be expected, given the location, entrance will cost a pretty hefty fee.

John Mellencamp Leaves Stage During Concert After Heckler Says 'Just Play Some Music'; Audience Left Wondering if Show Will Continue

“The evening event is hosted by Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, RNC co-chairman Tommy Hicks Jr., campaign manager Brad Parscale and Trump Victory finance chairman Todd Ricketts,” the Thursday report stated.

“It’s a pricey event, too, with tickets starting at $1,000 and going to $100,000 per couple (for a photo opportunity and VIP reception). No address has been given for the event.”

The report also quoted Trump on Hollywood: “Hollywood is really terrible,” Trump said Aug. 9. “You talk about ‘racist.’ Hollywood is racist. What they’re doing, with the kind of movies they’re putting out, it’s actually very dangerous for our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country.”

The account said this was taken from when Trump “responded to a question about the influence his rhetoric had on America’s gun violence epidemic in the wake of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.”

Do you think Hollywood's values are out of tune with America's?

The quote actually referenced the since-delayed horror movie “The Hunt,” a sort of modernization of “The Most Dangerous Game” in which “MAGA types” are hunted down by rich liberals.

McCormack wanted a follow-up to THR’s report about the fundraiser. In a Twitter post, he insisted the newspaper name names.

“Hey, @THR, kindly report on everyone attending this event, so the rest of us can be clear about who we don’t wanna work with,” McCormack tweeted on Friday. “Thx.”

Watch: Joy Reid Says It's 'Poetic' That People Prosecuting Trump Are Black - 'My DEIs Are Bringing It Home'

Lo and behold, Grace was willing to back him up.

“The public has a right to know.” Why, pray tell? Well, because the attendees can be blacklisted, of course.

McCormack’s tweet got more attention, however, and not in a good way; former “Grey’s Anatomy” star Isaiah Washington went after him:

“Hey @jack is this tweet openly threatening to ‘blacklist’ American Citizens in Hollywood okay for the good of society? Just asking for a friend,” Washington wrote, tagging Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in the process.

Maeve Quinlan, formerly of soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful,” also went after McCormack for his suggestion.

Lawyer Ron Coleman, meanwhile, invoked the specter of McCarthy:

There were also plenty of other responses from accounts without the blue checkmark. Some were supportive of McCormack, but the majority seemed to be sentiments like these:

In other words, this was a spectacular backfire.

Whether this actually affects anyone is an interesting question. My guess is there isn’t a whole lot of overlap in the Venn diagram between those who would pay to attend a Beverly Hills fundraiser for President Trump and people who work in the entertainment industry.

Even if you are a conservative in Hollywood, letting anyone in on that fact probably isn’t the best idea. In fact, The Hollywood Reporter itself has already done work on the fact that Tinseltown’s network of conservatives stays well underground.

A 2015 report on which openly conservative actors were supporting whom in the GOP primary noted that for the most part, “a stealth GOP operates outside the industry spotlight.”

Also, let’s assume one of Hollywood’s few open conservatives goes to this event. Eric McCormack decides he isn’t going to work with them. Same with Deborah Messing. And … nothing happens. The titular “Will & Grace” are best and only known for playing Will and Grace.

In fact, Trump himself on Sunday morning noted that Messing herself was actually nice to him back when it served her purposes.

I remember Messing having another series called “The Starter Wife,” one that clearly worked out well because all I remember about it is that it was on basic cable and not for long.

Who this does end up affecting, however, will likely be people far outside of the milieu of Beverly Hills or Hollywood.

Liberals like to talk about “normalization” a lot. Well, it works both ways: What McCormack and Messing are normalizing is naming and shaming people simply for mainstream political beliefs — specifically, support for the current president.

Consider the recent kerfuffle surrounding Texas Democrat Rep. Joaquin Castro, brother of and campaign manager for Democratic presidential contender Julían Castro.

Joaquin decided it would be a grand idea to post the names of San Antonio, Texas, residents who had donated the maximum to Trump’s re-election bid, leading to a campaign of harassment against the individuals and businesses he mentioned.

Rep. Castro tried to defend the decision to point and shame by noting that the information was publicly available through the Federal Election Commission. Yes, that’s true, but that’s not what Castro was doing by posting those names on social media.

He was instilling fear in people for expressing their political beliefs.

And they weren’t expressing support for the overthrow of the United States government or support for some fringe politician like a David Duke. They’d merely donated to the sitting president of the United States.

McCormack and Messing are normalizing that fear.

More than half a century after HUAC targeted Hollywood, Hollywood is apparently having its revenge by employing the same tactics liberals would all claim to abhor.

Even though Sen. McCarthy didn’t go after Tinseltown, one suspects he would approve of Will and Grace’s methods, if perhaps not their targets.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

, , , ,
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Morristown, New Jersey
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
American Politics, World Politics, Culture