Fans connect with Debra Messing's dramatic #MeToo moment on ‘Will & Grace’

On Thursday night, Will & Grace tackled the #MeToo movement and the tough issue of sexual assault.

It started when Grace (Debra Messing) and her dad Martin (Robert Klein) stopped at a cafe on the way to visit her mother’s grave, and Grace had to tell Martin to stop hitting on the waitress. One thing led to another, and it snowballed into Grace telling her father that his best friend Harry had sexually assaulted her when she was 15 years old

It’s no surprise that Will & Grace decided to tackle the issue. Messing herself said that the #MeToo movement helped her realize how many times she’d been sexually harassed throughout her life. As for the show, it hit the issue of sexual assault from every angle, from excuses people make to victim blaming to why some victims don’t come forward.

When Grace first began telling Martin that she thought Harry was creepy, he replied, “He was a flirty guy,” followed by, “That was a different time.”

“That’s not an excuse,” Grace responded. “What, just because it was different time it wasn’t bad? No, all that meant was that people got away with it.”

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Debra Messing attends Ted Gibson's 50th Birthday Celebration at the Knickerbocker Hotel & Rooftop on November 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Ted Gibson and Debra Messing attend Ted Gibson's 50th Birthday Party on November 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Ted Gibson)
THEY MYSTERIES OF LAURA -- 'The Mystery of the Maternal Instinct' Episode 207 -- Pictured: Debra Messing as Laura Diamond -- (Photo by: Paul Sarkis/NBC)
THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA -- 'The Mystery of the Ghost in the Machine' Episode 208 -- Pictured: (l-r) Debra Messing as Laura Diamond, Josh Lucas as Jake Broderick -- (Photo by: Paul Sarkis/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THEY MYSTERIES OF LAURA -- 'The Mystery of the Maternal Instinct' Episode 207 -- Pictured: (l-r) Debra Messing as Laura Diamond, Josh Lucas as as Jake Broderick -- (Photo by: Paul Sarkis/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Josh Lucas and Debra Messing on the set of 'Mysteries of Laura' on November 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 13: Actress Debra Messing attends NBCUniversal's 2014 Summer TCA Tour - Day 1 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 13, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4191 -- Pictured: Actress Debra Messing during an interview on February 3, 2012 -- Photo by: Stacie McChesney/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Debra Messing arrives at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: Actress Debra Messing is seen around Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on February 16, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
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Host Debra Messing onstage at the 2002 VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, 10/15/02. Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images.
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Kid Stays Out of the Picture' Episode 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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WILL & GRACE -- 'The Kid Stays Out of the Picture' Episode 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 22: Actress Debra Messing attends the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on September 22, 2002 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
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The cast of the new Woody Allen film 'Hollywood Ending', arrive at the screening of the film on the opening night of the 55th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 15, 2002. From left to right are Soon-Yi Previn, Woody Allen, Debra Messing, Treat Williams, and Tiffani Theissen. Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images.
Debra Messing arriving for a screening of the new Woody Allen film 'Hollywood Ending', the opening night film of the 55th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 15, 2002. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect.
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Martin also said something that became all too familiar recently when Christine Blasey Ford accused now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school.

“It was a long time ago. Maybe you’re misremembering,” Martin said.

“No, no! I remember,” a furious Grace replied. “I remember everything that happened to me that day!”

And finally, when Martin asked Grace why she didn’t tell him, she expressed the same fear that so many women have when they are harassed or assaulted. “How could I?” Grace said. “What if you didn't believe me? What if nobody believed me?”

Sadly, a lot of fans connected with Grace’s story. One fan tweeted, “This episode of Will & Grace is painfully on point for me in so very many ways.” While another said, “Thank you Debra Messing for the latest Will & Grace showing that uncomfortable conversations need to happen to promote change.”

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