Debra Messing apologizes, defends herself against accusations of racism: ‘I regret it’

Debra Messing apologized for “recklessly supporting” an Alabama church sign that said “a black vote for Trump is mental illness,” and defended herself against accusations of racism in a series of tweets Wednesday.

“I apologized for liking that church sign. I said I regret it. I shud [sic] have thought before recklessly suppprting [sic],” Messing tweeted in response to a viral video which shows comedian Terrence K. Williams scolding her for commenting on the sign in a since-deleted tweet that read “Thank you Alabama.”

In the video, Williams encouraged others to use the hashtag #RacistDebraMessing, which became a trending topic on twitter Wednesday.

“You won’t accept this but black people are targeted by Trump’s GOP for voter supression [sic]. Charlottesville was about Trump supporters hating POC and Jews,” Messing continued in her response to Williams. “THAT is where my support of a sign at a southern black church came from. The use of the term “mentally ill” was wrong & hurtful.”

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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)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Dames at Sea' Episode 1 -- Aired 9/25/03 -- Pictured: (l-r) Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Harry Connick Jr. as Leo Markus -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Dames at Sea' Episode 1 -- Aired 9/25/03 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
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)
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)
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)
Debra Messing (Photo by Jason Kempin/FilmMagic)
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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Over the weekend, Messing and her “Will & Grace” co-star Eric McCormack were criticized for another pair of tweets in which they called on The Hollywood Reporter to publish a list of entertainers who supported Trump at a recent Beverly Hills fundraiser.

In a segment on “The View” Tuesday, Whoopi Goldberg warned that the idea sounded dangerous close to the Hollywood blacklist, which targeted Communists in the 1940s and ’50s.

“Last time people did this, people ended up killing themselves. This is not a good idea,” Goldberg said in the clip, which you can watch below. “Your idea of who you don’t wanna work with is your personal business. Do not encourage people to print out lists, because the next list that comes out, your name will be on it, and people will be coming after you.”

“We had something called the Black List, and a lot of really good people were accused of stuff,” Goldberg continued. “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 vote for… I’m sure you guys misspoke when you said that because it sounded like a good idea.”

Messing denied any ill intentions in another tweet Wednesday.

“NUMBER 2 I NEVER NOR WOULD I EVER call for a blacklist of anyone for any reason. The info is publicly available,” Messing said. “I as a consumer want to know where MY Money is going when I pay for entertainment. Just as you have the right to not watch W&G bc I don’t support Trump, I have the right to not go see (pay for) a movie with someone supporting babies in cages. It is First Amendment. Information, Knowledge. That is how we make decisions whether to see a movie or whom to vote for. Transparency is needed. Again, the lists are available to the public. There is nothing threatening about asking politely for information.”

McCormack addressed his own tweet calling for a list of Hollywood Trump supporters in an Instagram post Tuesday.

“I want to be clear about my social media post from last week, which has been misinterpreted in a very upsetting way. I absolutely do not support blacklists or discrimination of any kind, as anyone who knows me would attest,” he said in the post.

“I’d simply like to understand where Trump’s major donations are coming from, which is a matter of public record. I am holding myself responsible for making educated and informed decisions that I can morally and ethically stand by and to do that, transparency is essential.”

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