Drop the mic, check the gate, house lights up and everybody out. Did Trump’s entire Arts and Humanities panel just quit? You bet your multicultural ass they did. Hey Donald, the people you are insulting are standing right here. Your presidential advisory committees are made up of American human beings that can see, hear, feel, smell and taste the bullshit that spews from your mouth and Twitter feed on a daily basis.
All 17 members of the panel, which included actor Kal Penn, artist Chuck Close and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, have announced their resignation. The group cited the “false equivalence” of Trump’s comments about last weekend’s “Unite the Right” gathering in Charlottesville, when he blamed “many sides” for the violent demonstrations (“many sides”) that left an American woman, Heather Heyer, dead from a terrorist attack on American soil by white supremacists armed for a gang fight that Jerome Robbins couldn’t fathom choreographing.
NYC Public Theatre icon, Broadway director George C. Wolfe was the 17th and final board member to announce his resignation. Mr Wolfe, was not necessarily hanging the jury, his reps were quick to interject that he was also quitting. It’s George C. Wolfe, his drama is always good, he’s probably just securing the last draft for a political message finale of legendary proportions, worthy of Shakespeare in the Park.
Not only did the committee quit but they kinda suggested that if Trump can’t pull his head out of his ass that maybe he should quit too. Excerpts from the letter read, “Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions” and “Supremacy, discrimination, and vitriol are not American values. Your values are not American values. We must be better than this. We are better than this. If this is not clear to you, then we call on you to resign your office, too.” How artistic of the committee that the first initials of the letter’s six main paragraphs spell out “r-e-s-i-s-t.” How “c-u-n-t-y.” We love it.
Established in 1982 under President Ronald Reagan, the committee had First Lady Nancy Reagan serving as honorary chair. The Committee works with both government and private agencies in promoting the arts through such programs as Save America’s Treasures and Turnaround Arts.
The Trump Company gets smaller and the players are killed or dying off…