Hollywood has been called to arms by Judd Apatow and Seth Macfarlane to speak out against Fox News after their coverage of Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy
Just the other day, Tucker Carlson, a conservative political commentator for Fox News, told his viewers the following:
“If you’re looking to understand what’s actually happening in this country, always assume the opposite of whatever they’re telling you on the big news stations.”
Essentially, he’s saying “Fox News is the best, everyone else is liars, baby.” And these rather ridiculous comments have sparked the ire of a couple of high-profile figures, some of whom owe their careers to Fox, so speaking out is a risky move. One such detractor is Seth MacFarlane, who you’ll know as the creator of Fox’s mega-successful Family Guy.
Following Tucker’s comments, he took to Twitter to express his disagreement:
In other words, don’t think critically, don’t consult multiple news sources, and in general, don’t use your brain. Just blindly obey Fox News. This is fringe shit, and it’s business like this that makes me embarrassed to work for this company. https://t.co/kC7MPYxdgZ— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) June 16, 2018
But he’s not the only one - Judd Apatow, another highly-regarded funny-man has spoken out against the network, through a series of tweets aimed at their news coverage, particularly how they handled the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy - you know, the one that’s separated children from their parents at the southern U.S. border.
He fired up the old Twitter machine and shot out a series of angry tweets, condemning the network and calling for other people to speak up:
He is a fucking kidnapper! The Murdoch’s support these policies ! Where are the Fox stars and executives speaking up?! Imagine if it was your kids. Who has a movie, TV show, sporting event, news show at Fox? How can you remain silent when they promote these policies? https://t.co/jrPVKrxK6n— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) June 18, 2018
I haven’t worked with Fox since 2002. That family promotes evil ideas and greed and corruption. We all choose who to work with. I understand why that is easier for some than others but many powerful people are powerful enough to speak up to their bosses at a moment like this. https://t.co/8NtsqsR8Xj— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) June 18, 2018
And I haven’t seen one new powerful person who works for or at Fox stand up and say they oppose their support of these cruel policies. Not one. Fox is like the NRA to politicians. If they said this is too far the President would stop this monsterous behavior. https://t.co/MufV1iQXxs— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) June 18, 2018
The co-creator of Modern Family, another Fox show, also spoke out:
It’s all kicking off, basically, although it’s unclear where they’ll go from here. Publicly attacking a company that employs you, right or wrongly, often doesn’t end quietly (especially when the company is Fox, Monsanto anyone?), but these people are powerful enough to make a change, so they’re damned in some way if they do or they don’t. Thankfully, they’ve picked the morally correct option - good on them.
Who’s next to speak out? Place your bets.