Actress Debra Messing banded together with fellow actress and #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano against the Women’s March directors’ indirect support of anti-Semitism.
Milano as of late stood up that she was removing herself from the gathering and won’t talk at a Women’s March occasion whenever asked by the gathering’s pioneers, Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour.
The “Will & Grace” actress stood in support of Milano’s stance against the leadership’s inaction against Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic statements.
“I stand with you,” Messing wrote.
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) November 9, 2018
The Women’s March previously condemned anti-Semitism However, Milano claimed she was still “disappointed” with the manner in which the leaders denounced Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam — a group that the Southern Poverty Law Center labeled as having “deeply racist, antisemitic and anti-LGBT rhetoric of its leaders, including top minister Louis Farrakhan.”
Anti-Semitism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, racism and white supremacy are and always will be indefensible.
Please read our statement: pic.twitter.com/bRFqAGf81t
— Women's March (@womensmarch) March 6, 2018
“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 recently told The Advocate, condemning the leaders.
In March, Farrakhan gave a hate-filled speech in which he said, “The powerful Jews are my enemy.” Mallory refused to condemn Farrakhan for his statement.
Sarsour later commented in defense of Mallory:
I will not sit back while a strong, bold, unapologetic, committed Black woman who risks her life every day to speak truth to power and organize and mobilize movements is questioned, berated and abused.
I will not sit back while a strong, bold, unapologetic, committed Black woman who risks her life every day to speak…
“I would say no at this point,” Milano said when asked if she would appear at the Women’s March if Sarsour or Mallory requested. “Unfortunate that none of them have come forward against him at this point. Or even given a really good reason why to support them,”
People responded in support of the actresses’ stance against anti-Semitism:
Thank you @DebraMessing for standing with @Alyssa_Milano against the Women's March leaders. Antisemitism has no place in modern political movements, not on the left and not on the right, and certainly not in a progressive feminist movement.https://t.co/LUzr3TLjUO
— Julie Lenarz (@MsJulieLenarz) November 10, 2018
Strong and brave. Many feminists from all over the world cannot identify themselves to the #WomensMarch because of the extremists positions of their leaders. @Alyssa_Milano @DebraMessing https://t.co/lYFNmvqWyH
— Caroline Fourest (@CarolineFourest) November 12, 2018
I disagree with @Alyssa_Milano 99.9999% of the time… but credit is due here. Kudos to Alyssa for refusing to speak at the @WomensMarch due to the anti-Semitism of Linda Sarsour & Tamika Mallory. Thanks for helping call out the nasty bigotry, Alyssa. https://t.co/Q8e3O0vRzC
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) November 7, 2018
After the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, where the shooter murdered 11 individuals before advising police his aim was to “slaughter Jews,” Farrakhan tweeted a video of him with the inscription: “I’m not an enemy of Semite. I’m against Termite.”