Actor Adrien Brody broke his usual silence towards paparazzi this week when asked about President Donald Trump and the arts.
In Trump’s first proposed budget as president, massive cuts and eliminations would be made to several public programs that support arts education, including the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Brody joined many of his fellow actors and musicians by criticizing the president’s decision.
“It’s such a small thing if you think about it. That amount that is allocated, it would be such a shame,” Brody said of the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA currently receives $148,000,000 in government money, which would immediately go away under Trump’s plan.
Over the last few days, many people have come out in opposition against Trump’s cuts.
In an interview with the New York Times, Neal Shapiro, president of WNET in New York, explained the impact that losing public funding for arts education and services would have.
“It’s not like cutting this would have any appreciable effect on any taxpayer across the country, but losing PBS would,” Shapiro said. “In a lot of markets, the only place for real in-depth local coverage is the PBS station, the only place for arts and culture, the only place for safe harbor for kids.”