“Orange Is the New Black” star Danielle Brooks is not impressed that new president Donald Trump seems to spend as much time tweeting at celebrities as he does on affair of state.
“He’s so unfocused,” the actress told TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “When you step into a role like president, you’re going to met with so much of this [opposition], and I feel that for him to go and tweet about Meryl Streep, should be the least of his concerns. So it’s very hard to live in a world where you know your president whose focus isn’t on track.”
Brooks was referencing the anti-Trump speech Streep made while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this month.
Brooks, who recently performed in Broadway’s “The Color Purple” with almost-inaugural performer Jennifer Holliday, also took issue with Trump’s reported plans to cut funding to the National Endowment for the Arts.
“He’s making a huge mistake by cutting arts funding,” she said. “What it does for communities, what it’s done for my life and so many people in Hollywood, but really, the work I do is to tell stories where people are moved to change and be different and see themselves differently — that’s why I do it, that’s why a lot of us do it.”
Brooks added, “As cheesy as it is, we say it all the time, life begets art and vice versa. So to keep putting out stories so we can see each other and say, I see we see how similar we are, more than the differences.”