Move over, third-person Kanye West rants, we have a new celebrity Twitter obsession: white actresses arguing about politics on Twitter.
Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon and Emmy-winning actress Debra Messing went toe to toe this week on Twitter, sparring over their preferred candidates for the Democratic nomination for president.
The spat spawned from a Sarandon interview with Chris Hayes on MSNBC Monday night, which got widely interpreted as the actress suggesting that, should Bernie Sanders not win the nomination, she would vote for Republican Donald Trump over the other remaining Democrat, Hillary Clinton.
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In truth, the actress theorized that some Sanders supporters would struggle to support Clinton in the general election, saying of herself, “I don’t know. I’m going to see what happens,” before adding, “Some people feel that Donald Trump will bring the revolution immediately if he gets in, things will really explode.”
At that point, Sarandon goes on to talk about the importance of dismantling the status quo, the juxtaposition suggesting that so long as the status quo is destroyed, whether by Sanders or by Trump, the nation will be better off, which seems a bit like inviting the apocalypse with the intent of letting the four horsemen sort everyone out, but your mileage may vary.
It was actually Jamie Lee Curtis who first tweeted in disagreement with Sarandon’s comments, underlining the importance of a Democratic victory to protect the rights of women, minorities and immigrants, to which Sarandon clarified that she would never support Trump for any reason.
But Messing was already off to the races. Even though Sarandon LOL’d the idea of ever voting for Trump, Messing pointedly asked her why she wouldn’t just say that instead of using her platform to hedge.
Sarandon responded that she wasn't herself she was speaking of, but of first-time voters who may struggle with the idea of voting for someone who wasn’t their candidate, an argument that Messing was having none of.
The debate raged on through Wednesday and things seemed to devolve from there with Messing involving fellow celebrity pals at a Clinton LGBT event that night and Sarandon fuming that Messing was retweeting personal attacks.
Which is about the time that Rosie O’Donnell and Kathy Najimy got involved, because why not?
Like all Twitter debates, the exchanges seemed to leave everyone involved just as convinced of their own positions as when the argument began.
The war of words continues Thursday amongst the Hollywood jet set. To get the latest battleground updates, make sure to check out Messing's and Sarandon’s Twitter feeds for yourself.
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