Over the weekend, embattled “Will & Grace” star Debra Messing posted her phone number to Twitter and urged people who want to communicate with her “about issues” to text her.
“I wanted to find a way to communicate more directly with you,” she said in a video uploaded Sunday. “Obviously, I love Twitter. Twitter is great. But I wanted a way to communicate about issues and to go more deeply than we can on Twitter. So…… text me.”
In response to the unusual tweet, Fox News’ “The Five” co-host Jesse Watters decided to give Messing’s phone number a ring live on national television Tuesday.
Watch what happened below:
Source: Fox News
He made the call during a discussion concerning Messing and fellow “Will & Grace” star Eric McCormack’s recent call for conservative Hollywood actors to be outed and blacklisted.
The discussion as seen in the video above began with FNC contributor Geraldo Rivera noting the eerie similarities between this contemporary call for blacklisting and what happened during the McCarthy era, when Hollywood actors were outed and blacklisted for their alleged Communist ties.
“How historically ignorant do you have to be to be a Hollywood actress and call for someone to be blacklisted? Does she not know the history of her own country or industry?” Watters said in agreement.
“The other thing is — she put out a tweet and said we need to come together, let’s talk, let’s really talk. So I’m going to call the phone number, and I’m just going to try to talk to her and she what she says. Shall I call the number right now? Let’s call her right now.”
“We’ll put it on speaker phone. Because you can’t say you want to bring people together and then you want to blacklist people, because that just hurts their families, that hurts the entire industry. Because you’re going to deprive Hollywood and all the audiences of …”
As he was speaking, he was cut off as Messing’s voicemail message began to play: “Hi there. It’s Debra. Yep, that’s right; it’s me. I am not going to be listening to this because I’m only going to be reading your texts. So, please text me.”
Neither Watters nor his fellow co-hosts were pleased by this.
“But she says let’s talk — it says let’s talk,” co-host Dana Perino blurted out.
“That’s not talking,” Watters concurred. “That’s a scam, Debra!”
In fairness to Messing — not that she deserves any fairness, particularly given her appalling attack on black conservatives — she did explicitly say and write in her tweet that people should “text” her.
We need to come together. Let’s talk. Really talk. Text me at 646-766-1007. pic.twitter.com/ovEPmM41js
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) September 1, 2019
Not that many people had taken her tweet seriously. As of Wednesday morning, the tweet boasted a telling ratio of nearly 9,000 comments to only 2,800 or so retweets.
Among the criticisms were that she was “pimping herself out,” she was setting Trump supporters up, she was seeking attention and she had zero self-awareness.
#DebraMessing pimps herself out to grab phone numbers, https://t.co/TDPHVggpv4
— If You Don’t Like It Here, Leave (@Natasha78d) September 2, 2019
Come together but only if you think like me otherwise I’m going to harass you
— commonsense (@commonsense258) September 2, 2019
“We need to come together”…to reveal the identities of any #Trump supporters so we can subject them to loss of income, ostracization from the public, nighttime invasions of their personal space or property, and perhaps even a Bernie-Bro mass shooting. ‘Cause, that’s “tolerant”
— Giacomo K – Blexit, WalkAway, Jexodus since 1989 (@giacoknox) September 2, 2019
She has ZERO self awareness. She is one of Hollywood’s most divisive bad faith actors.
— BernieBro 2.0 (@kburton40) September 2, 2019
I don’t trust her. She’s probably turning the numbers over to the DNC for mass texting of propaganda.
— magalopes (@mlwelch31) September 3, 2019
You could probably get more attention by writing your number on the men’s room wall in Grand Central. For a good time call Debbie…
— IleanaE. (@FilleGitane) September 3, 2019
Wow, are you a liar. You just spent the last few years telling everyone who disagrees with you that they are evil, racist, monsters. And now you want to pretend you are the reasonable one??? You truly are an actor.
— Warner Todd Huston (@warnerthuston) September 2, 2019
Returning to the discussion on FNC, co-host Brian Kilmeade concluded it by drawing a surprising lesson from Messing’s failed stunt.
“Donald Trump in this campaign should be going to areas that disagree with him and having this debate the way John McCain did, and this is the beginning,” he said. “This is saying don’t bother, it’s not worth it. And I want him to go to Beverly hills. I want him to go to Chicago.”
“I want him to go to those places not just places that love him. And make challenge — challenge people to challenge him.”
In other words, the president should follow Messing’s lead, albeit in a more sincere fashion, and try to reach out to people who disagree with him and his core message.
Speaking of the president, he was among the countless critics who blasted Messing after word of her attempted blacklisting began to spread across the Internet:
I have not forgotten that when it was announced that I was going to do The Apprentice, and when it then became a big hit, helping NBC’s failed lineup greatly, @DebraMessing came up to me at an Upfront & profusely thanked me, even calling me “Sir.” How times have changed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2019
Messing responded to the tweet in an Instagram post published Sunday, the same day that she shared her phone number. In the post, she ranted at Trump for tweeting about her instead of tweeting about Hurricane Dorian and the shooting in Odessa, Texas. However, a scan of the president’s Twitter feed shows that he did in fact tweet about both events.
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