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

Actress and former NEA chair Jane Alexander calls for artists to speak out, Mark Ruffalo and others pick up baton

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 recognizable names like Wil Wheaton, John Lithgow, Peter Fonda, 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:

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“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.”