Celebrities React: Donald Trump Budget Cuts Arts Funding
Celebrities are reacting to Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts for the National Endowment of the Arts. See reaction tweets from Hollywood stars below.
Trump’s “America First” budget proposal was unveiled on Thursday. According to the drafted plans, the president wants to entirely eliminate funding for the arts endowment, along with the National Endowment for the Humanities and other programs and agencies. Now #SaveTheNEA is a trending topic on Twitter, where many celebs are voicing strong disapproval of the plan and slamming Trump for proposing it.
“After all the wars are fought what remains are people, art, nature and culture. Trump can try but he cannot cut us out of the picture,” tweeted Jamie Lee Curtis. Rosie Perez wrote, “Outrageous! Proposed cuts also hurts our public schools in addition to many our important issues. Yet #Trump says he’s for the ‘people.'” Billy Eichner posted, “Trump cutting funding to SESAME STREET but Melania has all the taxpayer money she needs to stay in her penthouse in NYC. #JusticeForBigBird”
Josh Gad shared a photo from a musical bit he did with James Corden, writing, “This picture represents why a healthy budget is so important to the filmmaking process.” Michael Ian Black tweeted a picture of Trump in his gold-plated Trump Tower residence, writing, “When you have all the money but your taste is utter sh*t. Save the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.” And Mark Ruffalo declared, “GOP Budget for destruction…We have two wolves inside us, war and peace. The one you feed is the one that leads.”
“Without the arts in America all we have is… Trump,” Judd Apatow said. Looking at the list of agencies and programs that would lose funding under the president’s budget, Sophia Bush expressed, “This is revolting.” Alyssa Milano also noted, “Trump is proposing totally cutting funding for everything on below list. Is this making America great again?” Rainn Wilson announced, “My budget takes 50 billion AWAY from the military and adds it to the EPA and the NEA & healthcare for the poor.”
When it was pointed out that the cost of security for Melania Trump in New York City is three times the typical budget for the NEA, Paul Wesley said, “Not adding up.” And Stephen Lang revealed that it was a partnership between the arts endowment and the Department of Defense that allowed him to bring his film, Beyond Glory, to the troops. “Thank the National Endowment for the Arts. But thank ’em quick cuz misguided congress and commander in tweet about to axe them. #NEA #shame,” he tweeted.
Christina Applegate also wrote, “Save @PBSKIDS @PBS! The only shows my kid is allowed to watch! She knows more about dinosaurs than anyone I know! Disgraceful WH!” Kal Penn said, “Proposed Trump #SkinnyBudget eliminates @NEAarts. Tell your representative we need to #SAVEtheNEA.” Neil Portnow, the president of the Recording Academy, also says in a statement, “Love of music and the arts brings us together, and celebrates the richness of American culture and our spirit of curiosity and creativity. Music and art serve as one of America’s greatest exports, and support jobs for creators in cities, towns and rural areas across the country.”
He goes on, “The White House proposal to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts is shortsighted and alarming. The modest support that we provide to music and the arts is returned many times over, whether measured in jobs and economic impact, or sheer cultural enrichment and introspection. The Recording Academy will ask Congress to maintain funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and renew our commitment to America’s creators.”