Senate Republicans Pass Tax Bill, Hollywood Freaks Out: ‘Goodbye America’

“Something is very wrong here” Daniel Dae Kim says

Last Updated: December 1, 2017 @ 11:54 PM

Many in Hollywood fumed Friday night after the Republican-controlled Senate voted along almost party lines to pass sweeping changes to the U.S. tax code. The bill passed at 10:58 p.m. Pacific by a vote of 51 to 49 with just one Republican, Bob Corker of Tennessee voting against.

The bill, expected to give the biggest benefits to the country’s biggest earners, was the biggest victory for Republicans since they took control of the White House and Congress. Democrats complained that last-minute revisions, some of them hand-written, didn’t give then time to make sense of the bill, and said voting on it was irresponsible.

Critics condemned the bill for revoking tax deductions for small business and graduate students, cuts to health care and repealing restrictions on political activity by churches. Also the Congressional Budget Office said the bill would increase the national deficit by $1.4 trillion.

Some in the entertainment industry expressed outrage, others terror. Some urged activism, and still others used humor to articulate their criticism.

Read more about the bill here.