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In Trump Era, Hollywood Elite Have Newfound Fondness For Blacklists

September 11, 2019

September XX, 2019
By Matt Miller and Jennifer Tiedemann

Is it OK to intimidate and harass people for their political beliefs? At least two sitcom stars seem to think so.

In late August, a report from the Hollywood Reporter indicated that President Trump was planning to appear at a Beverly Hills fundraiser during the week of the Emmy Awards in mid-September. For “Will & Grace” stars Eric McCormack and Debra Messing, this seemed like a golden opportunity to find out who Tinseltown’s “deplorables” truly are—and both actors took to Twitter to say so.

McCormack called on the Hollywood Reporter to “kindly report on everyone attending this event, so the rest of us can be clear about who we don’t wanna work with.” Soon after, his co-star Messing also asked the outlet to print a list of the event’s attendees, because “[t]he public has a right to know.”

McCormack and Messing may think they’re just making an innocent appeal to transparency—after all, what are these Trump backers trying to hide? But in reality, their tweets are a reminder that donor information, though it is in many circumstances a matter of public record, can be used as a weapon to damage people’s lives and livelihoods.

Read the rest of this article at the Daily Caller.

Matt Miller is a Senior Attorney at the Goldwater Institute. He is currently litigating two donor privacy cases, in New Mexico and Colorado, and he is the author of a Goldwater Institute report on the landmark donor privacy case NAACP v. Alabama. Jennifer Tiedemann is the Deputy Director of Communications at the Goldwater Institute.



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