"Will and Grace" star Debra Messing is known for her liberal activism, a trait that seems to be rubbing off on her son. After posting about her son's desire to remain seated during the national anthem at an NHL game, Messing was hit with a wave of backlash, most notably from a woman identifying herself as the mother of a wounded veteran.
On Dec. 27, 2017, Messing posted a photo on Instagram after her son asked if they could remain seated during the national anthem at a New York Rangers game, reports Fox News.
Messing wrote in her now-deleted post:
'Please stand for the Star Spangled Banner.'
Son: 'Mom I want to sit down in protest. Can we do that?'
Me: 'Yes, honey. We can do that.'
Who's crying? I'm not crying. #BLM
The post made waves, drawing praise and criticism from all corners. One Twitter user, Lisa Smith, responded to Messing in a Jan. 1 tweet which has been liked almost 4,500 times and retweeted more than 2,340 times as of Jan. 5.
"You're proud your son boycotted our Anthem?" Smith tweeted. "I'm proud of MY son. You know why? HE can't kneel or walk on his own. HE was wounded fighting for the very freedom that YOU spit on, yet he has NO regrets! He's a Patriot & you're a loser!"
Messing did not respond to the tweet.
Smith's Twitter bio identifies her as a "proud mother of a wounded soldier" and a supporter of President Donald Trump.
Responses to Smith's tweet were overwhelmingly positive, thanking her for speaking against Messing and recognizing the military.
"Mrs Smith," responded one commenter. "I can't possibly imagine what it must feel like. Please let him know the REAL AMERICANS appreciate and STAND by him for his service. My son is 21, in the Marine Corp Reserve..and I am very proud of him. I cannot for the life of me understand these weirdos."
"God bless you Lisa and your family," wrote another commenter. "Thank you for your service. Please ignore the ignorance of Hollywood elites that have no idea what sacrifice families like your make to make this the greatest country on earth."
On a separate photo of Messing and her son taken at the hockey game, commenters voiced their support for the actress.
"Either people don't understand the protests were about the injustices of rouge cops killing our fellow citizens, mostly African Americans, or...they are fine with it," wrote a commenter on the Instagram post. "But, the anthem protest has NOTHING to do with disrespecting a flag, anthem, military or country...it is about showing disgust and opposition to racist treatment of our fellow citizens."
"You're a good mom!" wrote another. "Proud of your son."