It’s safe to say that Hollywood is no fan of Donald J. Trump. From actors to athletes and everyone in between, celebrities have not been shy about sharing their dislike of the president and his policies.
Some have even gone so far as to refuse to be anywhere near the president. Whether they’re boycotting a visit to the White House or refusing a place on his staff, these celebs are staying far away from Trump and his Washington D.C. home.
1. Tom Hanks
Hollywood studios often send movies for the White House staff to screen. So there was nothing unusual about the Trump team’s request for Steven Spielberg’s new film, The Post, to be sent to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
That is, except for the fact that the movie stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep — two actors who’ve been intensely critical of Trump since he took office. In fact, Hanks even went so far as to say that he would decline any invitation to screen a film at Trump’s White House. He told The Hollywood Reporter:
“I would not have been able to imagine that we would be living in a country where neo-Nazis are doing torchlight parades in Charlottesville [Virginia] and jokes about Pocahontas are being made in front of the Navajo code talkers. And individually we have to decide when we take to the ramparts. You don’t take to the ramparts necessarily right away, but you do have to start weighing things.”
Hanks isn’t the only Hollywood star who won’t go near the White House as long as Trump is there.
2. Kal Penn
Actor Kal Penn made a huge career move when he took on a job on Obama’s staff. And he stayed on the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities, even after Trump took office. But following the president’s controversial statements about the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va., the entire committee — including Penn — resigned in a scathing letter that included a hidden message: RESIST.
Penn expounded on his reasons for boycotting the Trump White House. He told CNN’s Chris Cuomo: “We felt like this was a point where an opportunity to resign en masse would send a stronger message about who I think the majority of Americans really are, the love that we have for each other, the opportunity to move the country forward in ways that lots of folks are doing outside of government.”
Penn isn’t the only celebrity who’s turned down a good gig with Trump, either.
3. Charlotte Church
Charlotte Church is one of the most gifted singers in the world. But she refuses to lend her talents where Trump is concerned.
In January 2017, she told the soon-to-be-president via tweet, “Your staff have asked me to sing at your inauguration, a simple Internet search would show I think you’re a tyrant. Bye” (the tweet also included several poop emojis, for emphasis).
Church was not the only singer to turn down a high-profile place at Trump’s inauguration.
4. Elton John
In the weeks before Trump’s inauguration, rumors flew about who might perform. Anthony Scaramucci told the BBC that music icon Elton John would be at the National Mall to sing for Trump — and fans were shocked (after all, he’d headlined a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton).
But it turned out to be one of the first bits of fake news to come from the Trump team — because John’s publicist shot down the rumor faster like a candle in the wind.
5. Kevin Durant
The president frequently hosts championship winning sports teams at the White House. And in the past, athletes have gladly showed up to shake hands with the POTUS and take a few pictures. Then, the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship in 2017. And a few of the team’s stars were hesitant to make the journey to D.C.
When asked if he would accept an invitation from Trump, Kevin Durant made it clear that he would not. And he even went so far as to insinuate that the entire team felt the same way.
He wasn’t the only one Warrior who spoke unfavorably about a potential White House visit, either.
6. Steph Curry
Steph Curry is one of the Warriors’ biggest stars. And he decided to use his fame to make a political statement. He, too, announced he would skip any team visit to the White House.
He told the press that he couldn’t, in good conscience, accept a congratulatory greeting from Trump because of his stance on issues like the NFL protests:
“We don’t stand for basically what our president … the things that he said and the things that he hasn’t said in the right terms that we won’t stand for it. And by acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to.”
Trump retaliated, as usual, on Twitter, telling his followers, “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
The Warriors’ manager issued a statement expressing disappointment in Trump’s response. And his tweet also prompted a response from another mega-famous athlete.
7. LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers’ star LeBron James was always happy to pay a visit to Obama’s White House. The two have formed a close friendship — but James hasn’t found a similar rapport with Trump.
Instead, James has been a vocal critic of Trump and many conservative policies. And after Trump tweeted that Curry’s invitation to the White House had been withdrawn, James responded on Twitter: “Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!”
Though James didn’t tag Trump in the tweet, it was clear that the president was his intended audience. And he also made it clear he won’t be paying a visit to the White House anytime soon.
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