Deborah Messing, the “Will & Grace” star, was one of the first stars to be interviewed by E! Television at the Golden Globes red carpet special on Sunday. She not only set the tone for the rest of the evening, but used her platform to call for equality for “every woman in every industry, globally.”
“We want diversity, we want intersectional gender parity, we want equal pay.”
Messing then comes in with the hard-hitter: “I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts.”
She went on to say that she missed the old E! co-host who quit in December over pay inequality, Catt Sadlier. “We stand with [Catt] and that’s something that can change tomorrow,” Messing said. “We want people to start having this conversation that women are just as valuable as men.”
Bravo bravo Debrah Messing. You are so so strong and very brave for spouting completely uninformed and incorrect opinions about E! on E!. Props to @GiulianaRancic for being professional, and not hitting her with a dose of reality.
— Ryan Basford (@RyanBasford) January 8, 2018
This is a hugely refreshing change from how red carpet interviews normally are – trivial and, at times, sexist, focusing on what women were wearing rather than their professional achievements. Deborah Messing takes a huge step in refocusing the news limelight on women’s rights. #AskHerMore
Stars’ dressing in all black at the Golden Globes in support of the #TIMES UP initiative forced entertainment media to talk about weighty issues like pay equality in Messing’s case, sexual harassment, diversity, and equal representation.