Actors, Artists Denounce Donald Trump’s Proposed Art Budget Cuts

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President Trump’s proposal to eliminate funding to the Corporation of Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment of the Arts was denounced by the artistic community on Thursday.

PBS President and CEO Paula Karger issued a statement outlining the low costs and high returns of public broadcasting.

“PBS and our nearly 350 member stations, along with our viewers, continue to remind Congress of our strong support among Republican and Democratic voters, in rural and urban areas across every region of the country. We have always had support from both parties in Congress, and will again make clear what the public receives in return for federal funding for public broadcasting. The cost of public broadcasting is small, only $1.35 per citizen per year, and the benefits are tangible: increasing school readiness for kids 2-8, support for teachers and homeschoolers, lifelong learning, public safety communications and civil discourse,” the statement read.

In a separate statement, NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) Chairman Jane Chu wrote, “We are disappointed because we see our funding actively making a difference with individuals of all ages in thousands of communities, large, small, urban and rural, and in every Congressional District in the nation.”

An online petition to support federal funding of the arts has already received over 230,000 signatures.

Actors and artists took to social media to denounce the proposed budget cuts. #SaveTheNEA continues to be a trending hashtag.

Actor Kal Penn posted a call to action writing, “Proposed Trump #SkinnyBudget eliminates @NEAarts. Tell your representative we need to #SAVEtheNEA. More here: http://bit.ly/2k1vrd3

Author Mark Harris called out the disparity in spending. Trump aims to increase military spending by $54 billion.

Producer/writer Mike Schur, under his Ken Tremendous pseudonym, agreed.

David Simon also posted a link to the Washington Post’s breakdown of the proposed budget cuts, asking, “Anybody sentient among the no-difference-between-Clinton-and-Trump crowd that wants to take a crack at this?”

Actress Sophia Bush showed support of PBS and NPR, tweeting, “Let’s keep them going.”

A number of notable poets weighed in as well.

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  1. Haiden says:

    I agree Quicksilver. Why would I or anyone else care what celebrities think on particular subjects ?

  2. Steve Barr says:

    Trump is a Neanderthal .The arts are what make a country human and more civilized . Joseph Goebbels once said whenever I hear the word “culture” I reach for my revolver . I’m sure you Trump brown shirts know who he was .

  3. Jim says:

    I guess the NEA and NEH will have to make due with the 13 billion in private funding that they get to fund insane “art” like the $47,000 they spent on teaching children to laugh and $10,000 for a Zombie In Love children’s musical.

  4. Dennis says:

    Oh, yes, please keep telling us everything “celebrities” think about stuff. The public wants to know their every thought on every subject. And please ask them how it feels to lose to Trump yet again.

  5. Quicksilver says:

    I think it has been proven over and over again that absolute no one cares what actors think about any subject whatsoever.

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