With new reports surfacing of President Donald Trump proposing to cut national arts funding such as the National Endowment for the Arts, celebrities from all ends of the spectrum have come forward via social media to react. In addition to Jussie Smollett, Julie Andrews, and Chris Evans recently sounding off on Trump, Twitter saw a flurry of star-studded reactions to the budget cuts Thursday.
Some used the #RighttoBearArts hashtag (which has a co-branded T-shirt), and most tweets appeared incredulous at all the various arts and humanities programs that stand to lose funding if Trump’s budget comes to pass.
“After all the wars are fought what remains are people, art, nature and culture,” Jamie Lee Curtis said. “Trump can try but he cannot cut us out of the picture.”
“It seems insane to have to defend the arts but here we are,” Beauty and the Beast star Josh Gad wrote. “The #RighttoBearArts is what makes us great. Without science & arts who are we?”
A collection of reactions, below:
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
.@IvankaTrump Hello dear – at what point will u be telling ur children that your father killed Snuffleupagus?
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) 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
— Rosie Perez (@rosieperezbklyn) March 16, 2017
Without the arts in America all we have is… Trump. https://t.co/EHEtlZ05r8
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) 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
Trump's budget cuts 3200 EPA workers but adds 1500 ICE agents. America will be getting dirtier and nastier in many ways. Blue States: RESIST
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 16, 2017