Patti LuPone resigned from union, says ‘she won’t be on stage for a very long time’ – and says Trump is ‘a bigot’ | AOC’s office says she regrets her statement and wants an apology (but doesn’t say why)
On Monday, Patti LuPone, the Emmy Award-winning actress and former head of the US Screen Actors Guild who became a hero of the women’s movement, resigned from the union. She did so after Trump’s inauguration speech when he praised the violent gang MS-13 – and used words used by white supremacists about the group.
It’s a decision that many are calling “heartless” and “beyond disappointing.” She said she did not want to be associated with a “white supremacist,” but later revealed she meant to say “anti-white.”
In her resignation letter, LuPone wrote that she understands why others don’t want to work with her, but said that her “time and energy is best spent taking care of the people we love.”
“My decision does not mean that I’m opposed to unions or any type of labor movement. I’ve spent my entire career and life fighting these battles,” she said in the letter.
But the New York Times reports that LuPone is not going quietly, and plans to hold a series of meetings with key members of the SAG to explain her reasoning as to why she resigned from the union. She also plans to go on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on November 16th.
LuPone has said that she does not want to attend the Emmy’s ceremony in September that honors women in film and on television but said she cannot attend a special event where she is recognized as head of the union.
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