Actress Debra Messing thought it would be a great idea to use her social media following to “raise awareness” about gun violence in America by posting a selfie on Instagram. Seriously.
Normally, the Will and Grace star would be feted by her fans and fellow celebs for participating in a self-indulgent, shallow act meant to show that she is on the “right side” of an issue but, ultimately, would make no actual impact on anyone’s life. After all, that’s what Hollywood celebrity activists do.
|Nothing to see here, just making a buck!|
But, as Messing should already know by now given her long, successful career in comedy: Timing is everything.
You see, Messing sent out the dramatic shot of herself sporting an orange, “Under the Gun” t-shirt as UCLA was on lock-down following a report of an active shooter on the Westwood campus. The shooting incident ended up being a domestic situation ending in a murder/suicide and the thousands of students whose lives were disrupted by the massive police reaction were never in any actual danger, but as the events unfolded Wednesday afternoon, Messing’s Instagram plea for peace accompanied by her lovely face caught in thoughtful and evocative contemplation was interpreted by many as, perhaps, a bit narcissistic.
@DebraMessing People dying...better take a selfie!— Lazarus Stalker (@SaveLazz) June 1, 2016
Eventually, she was shamed into an apology:
And that shooting? The UCLA shooter turned out to be a tea bagger Indian Muslim student named Mainak Sarkar, Who Had a Kill List and Possible Other Victims. Sure, it could turn out be ordinary revenge or a love triangle, but the chance that it was terrorism just went up exponentially.