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Debra Messing, the actress and star of NBC's sitcom Will & Grace, has praised her son's actions during the national anthem of a New York Rangers NHL ice hockey game.

Messing wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post that she was proud of him for exercising his right to protest over the national anthem, following the lead of professional athletes such as Colin Kaepernick:

'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

In the accompanying photo, shared on 24 December, her son, Roman Zelman, could be seen with his hand on his heart in salute of the flag, while sat in his seat.

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Messing has long been a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and her tweets are often political in nature in favour of the Democratic party.

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