Debra Messing, who is set to return in new episodes of her classic sitcom Will & Grace this September, made a glittering appearance at the 28th GLAAD Media Awards in NYC Saturday evening, where she accepted the Excellence in Media Award and made a personal plea to Ivanka Trump.
In her speech, she said that she agrees with Vice President Joe Biden, who in 2012 said Will & Grace had shifted public perception on the issue of gay marriage. Messing proclaimed, “It is time to make America gay again! I mean, someone’s gotta take down Mother Pence. Talk about a low-hanging fruit.”
She went on to specifically call out Ivanka Trump.
“There is someone I would like to make a direct appeal to this evening: The Secretary of State, Ivanka Trump,” said Messing. “Ivanka, girlfriend, what are you doing? Come on, it’s me Deb, let’s talk for a second, one Jewish mother to another. It is not enough to simply say that women’s issues are important to you, it’s time to do something.”
“You can’t just write ‘womenwhowork’ and think you’re advancing feminism,” Messing added. “You need to be a woman who does good work #saywhatyoumeanandmeanwhatyousay.”
“Imagine how you’ll feel, sitting at Passover seder, if you can tell your children that you fought for justice and freedom,” continued the actress.
She continued: “Ivanka, you can change the lives of millions of women and children just by telling your dad stories about real people who are suffering,” she continued. “Ivanka, please, please stop blindly defending your father and start defending what you say you believe. Ivanka, we know you love the guy who does your hair color, it’s good by the way, so do right by your colorist. And by all of us.”
Then, adding an even more specific suggestion, Messing said, “If you get Steve Bannon out of your dad’s office, I bet we’ll put you back in Nordstroms.”
During her speech she thanked the LGBTQ community, and then slammed Trump by calling referring to him as a “very bad and very orange man in our White House.”
Watch her full speech below.