Hollywood Slams Trump’s Proposed Arts Budget Cuts: ‘Destruction’

Hollywood has taken to Twitter to deride the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts that would kill funding for the arts, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.

Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Jane Alexander, who served as NEA chair under President Clinton, has already started tweeting out a call for action: “Calling all artists and arts lovers, (who doesn’t love the arts?) make your voices heard: SAVE THE NEA.”

“Avengers” star Mark Ruffalo also slammed “GOP Budget for destruction” on Thursday, also retweeting a Washington Post article that called the move to cut the NEA and NEH “the worst case-scenario for arts groups.”

Other names like Wil Wheaton, John Lithgow, Minka Kelly and Sophia Bush chimed in with their disapproval (see below).

Trump’s budget would zero out the $445 million budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which is a relatively small source of funding for programming and broadcast operations on public TV stations and NPR radio stations nationwide, according to the Washington Post.

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The cut in funding would also eliminate the budgets for both national endowments, which stood at $148 million each in 2016, as well as $230 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which supports libraries and museums. Additional cuts would affect two tourist mainstays in Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art.

Here is a sampling of resistance coming out of Hollywood:

Calling all artists and arts lovers,(who doesn’t love the arts?) make your voices heard: SAVE THE NEA

— Jane Alexander (@wildlifechamp) March 16, 2017

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’s budget ripped from Bannon’s nationalistic playbook https://t.co/FNQrTOCotU

Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) March 16, 2017

Proposed Trump elimination of #NEA and #NEH is ruinous to our culture. #TrumpAtHisWorst. Contact your Congressional reps and #ResistTrump https://t.co/GPWf9TIicf

John Lithgow (@JohnLithgow) March 16, 2017

Trump to America: Drop Dead. pic.twitter.com/PgqZK6UdDX

Wil Wheaton (@wilw) March 16, 2017

Thread ???????? https://t.co/dCwSkyzaBd

Minka Kelly (@minkakelly) March 16, 2017

Proposed Trump #SkinnyBudget eliminates @NEAarts funding. Tell your representative we need to #SAVEtheNEA. https://t.co/JayYnoNmLk pic.twitter.com/K25RuKKQZG

— AmericansForTheArts (@Americans4Arts) March 16, 2017

Battle is on. #Budget #arts https://t.co/QGiMcJ2f8h

— John Bathke (@JohnBathkeLive) March 16, 2017

Let’s keep them going. @PBS @NPRhttps://t.co/vbXcjKIyOp

Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) March 16, 2017

Thank the National Endowment for the Arts. But thank ’em quick cuz misguided congress and commander in tweet about to axe them. #NEA #shame https://t.co/b19ItqPJxF

Stephen Lang (@IAmStephenLang) March 16, 2017

NEA gutted in trump budget. https://t.co/T3ZRxgLJyI

— Liz Garbus (@lizgarbus) March 16, 2017

Of course a President who’s never read a book would be eager to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services. pic.twitter.com/EIEaeDYCQe

— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) March 16, 2017

“There is no viable substitute for federal funding that ensures Americans have universal access to public media’s educational and informational programming and services,” president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Patricia Harrison said in a statement.

Harrison continued: “The elimination of federal funding to CPB would initially devastate and ultimately destroy public media’s role in early childhood education, public safety, connecting citizens to our history, and promoting civil discussions – all for Americans in both rural and urban communities.”

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Hollywood has taken to Twitter to deride the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts that would kill funding for the arts, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.

Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Jane Alexander, who served as NEA chair under President Clinton, has already started tweeting out a call for action: “Calling all artists and arts lovers, (who doesn’t love the arts?) make your voices heard: SAVE THE NEA.”

“Avengers” star Mark Ruffalo also slammed “GOP Budget for destruction” on Thursday, also retweeting a Washington Post article that called the move to cut the NEA and NEH “the worst case-scenario for arts groups.”

Other names like Wil Wheaton, John Lithgow, Minka Kelly and Sophia Bush chimed in with their disapproval (see below).

Trump’s budget would zero out the $445 million budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which is a relatively small source of funding for programming and broadcast operations on public TV stations and NPR radio stations nationwide, according to the Washington Post.

The cut in funding would also eliminate the budgets for both national endowments, which stood at $148 million each in 2016, as well as $230 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which supports libraries and museums. Additional cuts would affect two tourist mainstays in Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art.

Here is a sampling of resistance coming out of Hollywood:

“There is no viable substitute for federal funding that ensures Americans have universal access to public media’s educational and informational programming and services,” president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Patricia Harrison said in a statement.

Harrison continued: “The elimination of federal funding to CPB would initially devastate and ultimately destroy public media’s role in early childhood education, public safety, connecting citizens to our history, and promoting civil discussions – all for Americans in both rural and urban communities.”

Related stories from TheWrap:

PBS Fires Back at Trump's Budget Elimination: Costs Small, Benefits Tangible

Trump Budget Proposes Killing All Funding for PBS, NPR and National Endowment for the Arts

Trump's Proposed Budget Would 'Destroy' Public Media, Says CPB President