In this era of dirty politics, celebrities are taking to Twitter to argue their positions and broadcast their points of view.
On Thursday night, during the Democratic National Convention and Hillary Clinton‘s historic nomination acceptance, former Will & Grace actress Debra Messing didn’t hold back from chastizing country singer Blake Shelton after he seemed to be praising Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Twitter.
Messing, 47, has been an outspoken Clinton supporter since the outset of the election campaign, and lost her cool momentarily when she read Shelton’s comments about Trump to Billboard:
“Whether you love him or hate him, he says what he thinks, and he has proven that you don’t always have to be so afraid. A lot of people are pulling for him, no matter how much Hollywood fights it,” he said.
The 40-year-old singer has not drawn any clear lines in the sand politically, but Messing took it as full-on support of Trump. In a now-deleted tweet, she said “Omg. How? @gwenstefani please talk to your man to not vote for the person who will STRIP you of your rights.”
Almost immediately, Shelton replied in a measured tone, saying he wasn’t supporting one candidate over the other. (Stefani smartly never waded into the conversation.)
Messing became contrite, apologizing for her knee-jerk reaction.
Shelton didn’t hold a grudge, in a rare example of celebrities burying the hatchet.
On the other end of the spectrum, former TV star Scott Baio and actress Rose McGowan got into a heated political Twitter argument that didn’t end on amiable terms.
McGowan, a noted anti-Trump person, tweeted during the Republican National Convention last week.
Over a week later, Baio — who has endorsed Trump and made his Twitter picture a selfie with the candidate — replied, stooping to personal insults.
McGowan put the kibosh on the argument, shutting it down before it even began.
With passions inflamed south of the border, it’s almost a guarantee that more of these Twitter debates and arguments will happen as the presidential race continues.