On Tuesday, Goldberg slammed the duo for asking The Hollywood Reporter to "please print a list of all attendees" of an upcoming Hollywood fundraiser for Donald Trump, so they could avoid working with them in the future.
"No one is misinterpreting - you want to put a list together of Trump supporters/republicans in Hollywood and end their employment, publicly shame them, possibly invited god knows what into their lives," tweeted McCain this morning. "THIS is the 'tolerant Hollywood left' and no amount of backtracking changes it."
Trump himself also tweeted about Messing this morning, saying, "Bad 'actress' Debra The Mess Messing is in hot water. She wants to create a 'Blacklist' of Trump supporters, & is being accused of McCarthyism. Is also being accused of being a Racist because of the terrible things she said about blacks and mental illness. If Roseanne Barr said what she did, even being on a much higher rated show, she would have been thrown off television. Will Fake News NBC allow a McCarthy style Racist to continue? ABC fired Roseanne. Watch the double standard!"
No one is misinterpreting - you want to put a list together of Trump supporters/republicans in Hollywood and end their employment, publicly shame them, possibly invited god knows what into their lives. THIS is the “tolerant Hollywood left” and no amount of backtracking changes it https://t.co/j3XTWqWUdz
....said what she did, even being on a much higher rated show, she would have been thrown off television. Will Fake News NBC allow a McCarthy style Racist to continue? ABC fired Roseanne. Watch the double standard!
For Goldberg, their initial tweets seemed eerily reminiscent of the Hollywood blacklist from the 1940s and 50s, which named alleged communists or sympathizers during the Cold War.
"Last time people did this, people started killing themselves. This is not a good idea," said Whoopi on "The View" 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, the next list that comes out, your name will be on and people will be coming after you."
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"We had something called the blacklist and a lot of really good people were accused of stuff," she continued. "Nobody cared whether it was true or not. They were accused and they lost their right to work. You don't have the right, 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. We don't go after them that way."
"We can talk about issues and stuff, but we don't print out lists. I'm sure you guys misspoke when you said that because it sounded like a good idea," she concluded. "Think about it, read about it, remember what the blacklist actually meant to people and don't encourage anyone, anyone to do it."
McCormack took to Instagram to say his original post about Trump had been "misinterpreted in a very upsetting way" following Goldberg's comments. Debra Messing re-posted his statement, adding, "My friend @eric_mccormack posted this today. It perfectly explains the intent behind each of our posts concerning the fundraiser. I am posting it here because, honestly, I couldn't have said it better."
See their initial tweets and Eric's full statement below:
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. https://t.co/7W3xPG3bI2