With Speaker Nancy Pelosi dropping a bombshell announcement that the US House of Representatives is launching an official impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump in the wake of the Ukraine scandal, and a slew of leading 2020 candidates supporting the bid to remove the president from office, for it’s fair to say that the POTUS has landed in very hot water indeed.
In the wake of the scandal, it’s hard not to become desensitised to Trump’s norm-defying presidency. This is, after all, a leader who has plagued by allegations of illegal presidential conduct, and fanned the flames of racism, sexism and Islamophobia with his divisive policies. Earlier in March, for instance, Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed a groundbreaking report investigating collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in the 2016 United States election. And though the news from the administration grows ever-more bleak, the issue of Russian interference isn’t something that Debra Messing is likely to let Trump forget in a hurry.
The new stage production, aptly titled You Can’t Make This Sh*t Up, will be a fundraiser to benefit PAC for a Change, a political action committee working to defend the Democratic House majority, elect a Democratic majority in the Senate and defeat Trump in 2020.
Penned by Messing’s partner-in-crime, Will & Grace writer-producer Janis Hirsch, the “really funny” play features a star-studded cast, including Larry David as “The Narrator,” alongside Tim Bagley, John Fugelsang, Tony Goldwyn, Ernie Hudson, Maz Jobrani, EJ Johnson, Josh Malina, Stephanie Miller, Poppy Montgomery, Laraine Newman, Jonah Platt, Billy Porter, Paul Reiser and Katey Sagal.
The publication also reports that many of the roles could be “gender-switched and colour blind”, so if you’ve already got visions of Messing donning a blonde choppy wig, SNL-style, we could be in for some hilarious impressions.
Back in April, a redacted version of the 448-page Mueller Report, officially titled Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, was publicly released by the Department of Justice. While the report didn’t find sufficient evidence of collusion, it did identify links between individuals in Trump’s campaign and the Russian government, as well as determining that illegal Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election occurred “in sweeping and systematic fashion”.
Speaking to THR, veteran politician and founder of PAC for a change, Barbara Boxer, explained that everyone has a duty to pay attention to politics, and expressed gratitude that so many Hollywood actors were prepared to lend their voices to the fundraiser and push for change.
“I believe that every single American with a heart and pulse has to be involved in some way in politics, fighting for the things you think are critical for our country to embrace, things like equality and justice and Democracy and freedom,” she remarked.
“When I was Senator for so many years, every single speech I gave always ended with me saying that it’s so critical you cared and you’re here. So, its particularly gratifying to me to see people who stand to have something to lose. In the case of incredibly talented and gifted performers in this show, when they come out and say they are willing to do this, to me, it means a lot. They have more to lose from it. I am so gratified and grateful to them for wiling to make a difference.”
In the words of the play, we’re living in political times where you really can’t Make This Sh*t Up. But by using our voices, staying informed and sharing our views, we all have the power to make a difference.