“Will & Grace” star and progressive activist Debra Messing tweeted Friday that she will join actress/activist Alyssa Milano in condemning the anti-Semitic leaders of the Women’s March.
Messing tweeted out an article from The Advocate, in which Milano pledges not to speak at January’s repeat Women’s March and denounces the group over its connection to anti-Semitic hate preacher Louis Farrakhan.
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) November 9, 2018
“I stand with you @Alyssa_Milano,” Messing tweeted.
Milano told The Advocate that she is uncomfortable with the connection between Women’s March leaders Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour and the Chicago-based leader of the Nation of Islam. Milano did not mince words in condemning the anti-Semitism she’s seen crop up on the Left, and called upon the three women to denounce Farrakhan.
“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. “I would say no at this point. Unfortunate that none of them have come forward against him at this point. Or even given a really good reason why to support them.”
Sarsour has often been accused of anti-Semitism, attending Farrakhan’s events and defending the virulently anti-Semitic leader. Just last week, in a post-election appearance on Democracy Now’s livestream network, Sarsour, who appointed herself a leader in the Women’s March’s efforts to battle anti-Semitism, blamed the Democratic Party’s support for the nation of Israel for its lackluster performance in the 2018 midterms.
Mallory has been an outspoken advocate for Farrakhan and his organization, and was in attendance earlier this year at a “Savior’s Day” event in Chicago where Farrakhan preached against the Jewish people, comparing them to the spawn of Satan. She refused to rebuke Farrakhan, instead calling him the “GOAT [greatest of all time]” and claiming Farrakhan and Jesus shared a common enemy (the Jews, of course).
Sarsour defended Mallory, accusing Mallory’s critics of racism.
“I don’t think these people have our best interests at heart to make us better people or to disrupt misconceptions or anti-Semitism because trashing a strong black woman and holding her accountable for the words of a man is not the way to bring people together,” she said.
The Women’s March has not condemned Farrakhan, instead releasing a milquetoast defense of Mallory’s “intersectionality.” Until they are more vocal in condemning anti-Semitism, Milano — and now Messing — say they will not be a part of their events or movement.