As regular readers know, I’m not one for awards shows of any kind. I loathe trade shows where people give themselves awards, and I usually mock them mercilessly (“Stan wins the Oldsmobile Salesman of the Year for the Tri-City!”). So imagine my surprise to find a tip this morning for something called the GLAAD Media Awards, where Will & Grace’s Debra Messing was honored:
“Things are getting dire. This year has sucked. Our democracy and humanity have been under attack. But unless your are an unenlightened straight cisgender white male, you are a target. That makes us all a target. Right now, there is a very bad and very orange man in our White House … at least a few days a month.”
It’s a pretty great speech and Messing does something we’ve been doing: she gave out the number of the Congressional Switchboard (202-224-3121), demanded that her audience of (well-heeled) activists put it in their cell phones and call it daily.
“Ivanka, please, please stop blindly defending your father and start defending what you say you believe in. You can’t just write #womenwhowork and think you’re advancing feminism. You need to be a woman who does good work — #saywhatyoumeanandmeanwhatyousay. Ivanka, we know you love the guy who does your hair color. It’s good, by the way. So do right by your colorist. And by all of us. Imagine how you’ll feel sitting at Passover seder if you can tell your children that you fought for justice and freedom. It will make you feel richer than owning all the skyscrapers and golf courses in the world. The country wants to support you. And as a bonus, if you get Steve Bannon out of your dad’s office, I bet we’ll put you back in Nordstrom’s!”