EPIC: Whoopi Goldberg Clash With Debra Messing Over Anti-Trump Blacklist

Whoopi Goldberg criticized Debra Messing on The View this week for pushing for the release of names of people attending a fundraiser for President Donald Trump in Beverly Hills, California.

On Friday Messing, 51, retweeted an article about the event published by The Hollywood Reporter and wrote, “Please print a list of all attendees please. The public has a right to know.”

She was following the lead of McCormack, 56, her Will & Grace costar who previously tweeted, “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. Thx.”

Their requests, however, were slammed by Goldberg, 63, who argued on The View that such information would become a list that could be used to extreme ends. She said disclosing who Trump’s supporters were was similar to the mid-century Hollywood blacklist of suspected communists.

“Listen, the last time people did this people ended up killing themselves. This is not a good idea,” Goldberg said on Tuesday. “Your idea of who you don’t want to work with is your personal business. Do not encourage people to print out lists, because the next list that comes out, your name will be on [it] and then people will be coming after you.”

Later in the segment, co-host Sunny Hostin noted that information about who donates to political candidates is already public record — something echoed by McCormack in a social media post explaining his position, where he said he was calling for “transparency” and not “discrimination.”

The Hollywood blacklist infamously emerged during the early part of the Cold War in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, ensnaring many in the industry over alleged ties to the Communist Party.

Goldberg’s comments about people killing themselves likely referred to Philip Loeb, a stage and television actor who died by suicide in 1955 after he was blacklisted for being named a communist in Red Channels, a book that listed more than 150 industry members with alleged communist sympathies.

“In this country, people can vote for who they want to. That is one of the great rights of this country. You don’t have to like it, but we don’t go after people because we don’t like who they voted for,” Goldberg said on The View, adding, “I’m sure you guys misspoke when you said that because it sounded like a good idea. Think about it. Read about it. Remember what the blacklist actually meant to people and don’t encourage anyone, anyone, to do it.”

Co-host Joy Behar echoed her stance, saying that while she believes the public has a right to know if companies are donating to Trump, people are a different matter.

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