Actor Tom Hanks said he would probably decline any invitation to attend a White House screening of his latest movie, “The Post,” in protest of President Donald J. Trump. His statement brought backlash from both former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
Hanks said he would likely opt out of attending a White House screening of the new film, if Trump wanted one, because “this is the moment where, in some ways, our personal choices are going to have to reflect our opinions.” Hanks cited events in Charlottesville, the president’s meeting with Navajo veterans and the Trump administration’s frequent use of the term “fake news” as his reason for not wanting to visit the White House.
Spicer, speaking to the Fox Business Network on Thursday, responded to reports of Hanks’ protest. “I think the idea that it’s become cool to say I won’t even show up to see the president of the United States is a sad commentary on where we are,” Spicer said.
Ingraham spoke out against Hank’s decision on Wednesday night on “The Ingraham Angle.” She called Hanks “one of America’s favorite actors” and accused him of “insulting the president, just to sell his movie.”
“Maybe it’s time to cast away Tom Hanks,” Ingraham said, in reference to Hanks’ 2000 hit film “Cast Away.”
According to Fox News, Hanks made his offending statement to the Hollywood reporter, when asked if he would respond positively to a request to screen, “The Post.”
“I don’t think I would,” Hanks said. “Because I think that at some point — look, I didn’t think things were going to be this way last November. I would not have been able to imagine that we would be living in a country where neo-Nazis are doing torchlight parades in Charlottesville [Va.] and jokes about Pocahontas are being made in front of the Navajo code talkers. And individually we have to decide when we take to the ramparts.”
Hanks continued, “You don’t take to the ramparts necessarily right away, but you do have to start weighing things. You may think: ‘You know what? I think now is the time.’ This is the moment where, in some ways, our personal choices are going to have to reflect our opinions. We have to start voting, actually, before the election. So, I would probably vote not to go.”
In April, Hanks took a vacation accompanied by former President Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Bruce Springsteen.
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