In a series of tweets Monday condemning 21st Century Fox as well as CEO Rupert Murdoch and his family, filmmaker Judd Apatow called on Fox talent to speak out against the company for Fox News’ coverage of the Trump administration’s immigration policy, which is leading to the separation of parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“[AG Jeff Sessions] is a f—ing kidnapper! The Murdoch’s support these policies ! Where are the Fox stars and executives speaking up?! Imagine if it was your kids. Who has a movie, TV show, sporting event, news show at Fox? How can you remain silent when they promote these policies?” Apatow tweeted.
The tweets criticized the Trump administration as well as Fox News and the Murdoch family, led by patriarch Rupert Murdoch, which controls the 21st Century Fox media empire. Apatow continued in another tweet explaining that he stopped working with Fox after his sitcom “Undeclared” was canceled after one season in 2002.
“That’s exactly what I said. Everyone can’t stand up to their bosses but many people who work at Fox are In Powerful positions and CAN say they do not support the networks support for evil policies,” Apatow tweeted in response to one user who questioned whether or not he was making blanket judgement of Fox employees.
“In other words, don’t think critically, don’t consult multiple news sources, and in general, don’t use your brain. Just blindly obey Fox News. This is fringe shit, and it’s business like this that makes me embarrassed to work for this company,” MacFarlane tweeted.
Hours after Apatow’s comments were made Monday, “Modern Family” co-creator Steve Levitan wrote, “Let me officially join @SethMacFarlane in saying I’m disgusted to work at a company that has anything whatsoever to do with @FoxNews. This bullshit is the opposite of what #ModernFamily stands for.” Levitan was responding to a tweet quoting Fox News host Laura Ingraham comparing U.S. detention centers for children separated from their families at the border to “summer camps [or] boarding schools.”
Levitan and MacFarlane are both under overall deals with 20th Century Fox Television. A representative for the studio. declined to comment Monday night.
The border controversy has received widespread condemnation from various public figures, including former First Lady Laura Bush.