Debra Messing spoke directly to first daughter Ivanka Trump in a scathing GLAAD Awards acceptance speech.


Messing, who was awarded the Excellence in Media Award by the LGBTQ advocacy organization, offered criticisms of both Donald Trump and Ivanka. She noted that, unless you’re an “unenlightened straight, cisgender, white man, you are a target. That means that makes us all a target.” She also called Trump the “very bad and very orange man in our White House.”

She then spoke directly at Ivanka, whom she referred to as “the secretary of state.” Messing called out Ivanka, who has taken up an unpaid and untitled position in her father’s administration, and told her to use her power to help women and children. “It’s not enough to simply say that women’s issues are important to you,” she said. “It’s time to do something. You can change the lives of millions of women and children just by telling your dad stories about real people who are suffering. Don’t let him separate immigrant mothers from their American-born children. Don’t let him take health care away from women who need it. Don’t allow him to make trans kids like Gavin fight in court for their basic human dignity.”

“Ivanka, please, please stop blindly defending your father and start defending what you say you believe in,” Messing added. “You can’t just write ‘#womenwhowork’ and think you’re advancing feminism. You need to be a woman who does good work #saywhatyoumeanandmeanwhatyousay.”

Since starring in Will & Grace, which will make a comeback season this fall, Messing says she has made advocating for the LGBTQ community “part of my mission.” She was also an outspoken supporter of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

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