One of the stars of "Queer Eye” — the popular Netflix show — featuring a quintet of gay men who help folks take their fashion, grooming, and personal style to the next level — is in a bit of hot water with a group you might not expect.
See, Jonathan Van Ness had the nerve to tweet a few political posts in wake of Tuesday's elections in which he called on Democrats and the left to reign in their rhetoric and realize that demonizing the right won't get them anywhere.
Van Ness noted that "luckily" more than a few "extreme right people won yesterday," which he said means "center left candidates" can reclaim control of the House of Representatives and Senate as well as state legislatures.
"It is so important for the left to not go too left, or we are done for," Van Ness added.
He added in other tweets that “not all Republicans are racist,” just as not all Democrats are "evil."
"We have to stop demonizing each other,” Van Ness wrote, noting that while "Trump is racist," not all of his voters are. "We gotta remember we are all in this together."
Uh oh, trouble ahead
And apparently those were fighting words to his uncompromising peeps:
- "This is the worst political advice ever. Progressive candidates that actually stand for something are how we win. Running towards the center with Clinton just gave us 4 years of Trump — let’s not be silly again. People want universal healthcare... period."
- "At this point, if they are still supporting Trump, they are racists at worst, don't care if people are racists at best. Sorry, [Jonathan], I see no way around this. I've severed ties with family members who insist on supporting Trump."
- "Jonathan, you're white."
- "Next time just write you know nothing about politics."
- "There is no clean Republican: they know exactly what their party does, and they like it."
Van Ness doesn't cave
But unlike others who cave under the white-hot spotlight of social media outrage — contritely thanking their attackers and saying, "I've learned so much from you all," and so on — Van Ness dug in his heels.
“Being able to compromise is what’s missing from both sides of the American political situation & the sooner we all get to a place of mutual understanding the sooner we will get out of this mess," he shot back at his detractors.
Van Ness then broke it all down on a clip he posted to Twitter, saying he believes both sides are "being played" by "pissed-off people" in newsrooms for "headlines."
He then doubled down on his original points, underscoring that "left people are not necessarily inherently evil, and right people are not necessarily inherently evil, and our ability to notice gray area and to notice what compromise means and how much compromise has led us to where we are is important.”
Van Ness ended with a message to the political left, noting again that if they want to get to places they want to go, “we have to be able to not demonize the right."