Actors in film, television, and theater have spoken out against the Trump administration’s March 16 budget proposal, which would cut funding entirely to the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Reactions in Hollywood and beyond have ranged from rage to despondency, with many taking to Twitter to share their grievances regarding what would be a devastating blow to the acting community. Below are 15 working actors’ responses to the proposed “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” including Mark Ruffalo, Billy Eichner, Bette Midler, and Carrie Coon.
GOP Budget for destruction...We have two wolves inside us, war and peace. The one you feed is the one that leads.— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) March 16, 2017
Trump cutting funding to SESAME STREET but Melania has all the taxpayer money she needs to stay in her penthouse in NYC. #JusticeForBigBird— billy eichner (@billyeichner) March 16, 2017
After axing Big Bird and Meals on Wheels, Trump will nix Santa Claus and rainbows, neither of which has seen a strong return on investment.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 17, 2017
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.— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) March 16, 2017
Trump is proposing totally cutting funding for everything on below list. Is this making America great again? https://t.co/ZG9Uh9rCLQ— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 16, 2017
My budget takes 50 billion AWAY from the military and adds it to the EPA and the NEA & healthcare for the poor— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) March 16, 2017
Read this thread. And let ur reps hear from you! https://t.co/JtqCYy6xE9— steven pasquale (@StevePasquale) March 16, 2017
But really, what would America be without the Arts? I don't just mean Film/TV. I mean no theatre, no music, no ballet, no symphonies...— Tracie Thoms (@traciethoms) March 16, 2017
When you have all the money but your taste is utter shit. Save the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities. pic.twitter.com/ehkLnFib5e— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) March 16, 2017
It seems insane to have to defend the arts but here we are. The #RighttoBearArts is what makes us great. Without science & arts who are we— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 16, 2017