Debra Messing is back—though did she ever really leave? While being honored at the 2017 GLAAD Media Awards, the Will & Grace star addressed Ivanka Trump as "one Jewish mother to another," and shadily called her the "secretary of state." (Note: she's actually an assistant to president Trump, whatever that means.)
"It's not enough to simply say that women's issues are important to you," Messing said, presumably referencing Ivanka's chosen platform of "women's empowerment" (ahem, those quotes are very much on purpose). "It's time to do something. Ivanka, 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."
Messing also told Ivanka to "stop blindly defending" her father (who she referred to as the "very bad and very orange man in our White House"), and asked her to do better: "You can't just write '#womenwhowork' and think you're advancing feminism. You need to be a woman who does good work. #saywhatyoumeanandmeanwhatyousay."
Watch the full speech below, and while you're at it time travel back to the late '90s and watch Will & Grace because it's the best.
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Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.
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