(NationalSentinel) “Seinfeld” star John O’Hurley, who played the clothing catalog entrepreneur J. Peterman, criticized the “lunacy” of “Will & Grace” co-stars Eric McCormack and Debra Messing for threatening not to work with anyone associated with a Beverly Hills fundraiser for President Donald Trump.
In an appearance Monday withÂ Fox News, O’Hurley said that a “liberal pack mentality” tended to drive the opinions of many leading actors and actresses in Hollywood, but that the thinking may not be as pervasive as it sounds.
“I think they have the bully pulpit right now to say it out loud. I donâ€™t think it permeates Hollywood to the degree that you think it is,â€ Oâ€™Hurley saidÂ on â€œAmericaâ€™s News HQâ€Â Monday. â€œI think there is a nature among liberal thinkers to form packs, to form groups, whereas the conservative mind is basically an individual, and theyâ€™re tougher to find.â€
The president plans to attend a Sept. 17 fundraiser in Beverly Hills during a trip to California that will also include visits to the San Francisco Bay Area and San Diego, officials said,Â Fox NewsÂ reported.
McCormack and Messing both called for anyone who attended the fundraiser to be “blacklisted,” in what many likened back to the days of Sen. Joe McCarthy and the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, when they searched Tinsel Town for alleged Communist sympathizers.
O’Hurley characterized their call for a blacklist as “lunacy.”
â€œLet me just say Iâ€™m embarrassed for both of them because I know them both, Iâ€™ve worked with Debra before. Theyâ€™re both smart people… they do wonderful work,â€ he explained.
â€œBut, theyâ€™re pushing a case that falls apart from the sheer weight of its lunacy, as though the Hollywood community needs to be purged of this social and intellectual hygiene problem called conservative thinking,” he continued.
“It underscores the fact that we arenâ€™t receptive to a diversity of thought which is the exact opposite of what you feel the liberal way would be, and I find that obscene.â€
O’Hurley, as an outspoken conservative, said he likes to discuss differences of thought and opinion, especially with two of his former Seinfeld co-stars.
â€œItâ€™s very difficult to be a conservative in Hollywood. Even though there are many of us, you do feel you are an island fighting the storm… all viewpoints must be observed and respected,â€ he said.
â€œAt the same timeÂ we are supporting free thinking, we also have to support free receptors â€“ people that will allow other ideas to infect them. Some of the best convos Iâ€™ve ever had on ‘Seinfeld’… were with Michael Richards who thinks totally different than I do. I couldn’t wait to present him with an issue because I was always interested in his perspective,” said O’Hurley.
Richards played the iconic “Cosmo Kramer.”
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