Hollywood Reacts to Betsy DeVos' Controversial Confirmation as Education Secretary
"Everyone who voted for her should be ashamed. They're using children's education as pawns," tweeted Kumail Nanjiani.
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Betsy DeVos as education secretary in a 51-50 vote. Mike Pence became the first vice president in history to break a Senate tie over a Cabinet nomination.
DeVos is the first secretary of education without any experience attending public school or sending her children to public school. She was widely mocked for answers she gave during her confirmation hearing, both for her lack of knowledge about basic education terms and laws as well as her answer that guns should be allowed in schools to protect children from grizzly bears.
After the vote, Hollywood actors, executives and late-night hosts were among those taking to social media to criticize DeVos' confirmation.
The Late Show's Stephen Colbert offered up an example of "elementary math" under DeVos. "Q: Ned and Sheryl each have 4 apples. Who has more apples? A: Whomever Mike Pence decides has more apples."
"For $200,000,000 you can have whatever job you want," tweeted actor Zach Braff, referring to the DeVos family's alleged donation of $200 million to the Republican party, a number DeVos herself acknowledged was possibly accurate during her hearing.
Silicon Valley actor Kumail Nanjiani tweeted, "Everyone who voted for [DeVos] should be ashamed. Party before country. They're using children's education as pawns."
On Tuesday night, Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers all mentioned the confirmation in their monologues.
Colbert referred to Devos as the "woman ahead of you at Starbucks with a complicated order." He said that there was a "tiny chance that money played a role" in her confirmation. "How much money can she give to each senator to make sure public schools get less?" he added.
Fallon said that an education secretary's confirmation is the only place where "51 is a passing grade." He joked that Trump gave a reason why he picked her, and then played a clip from Trump's campaign where he says "I love the poorly educated."
Meyers talked about Pence casting the tie-breaking vote to nominate her. "And if you don't know what that means you're probably Betsy DeVos," he said. He jokingly pretended to be DeVos, "I got confirmed? Well that's terrible news... Oh that's good news?
George Takei, Samantha Bee, Seth MacFarlane and more stars also joined in on social media. Here's a look at their reactions:
Elementary math under Betsy Devos— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) February 7, 2017
Q: Ned and Sheryl each have 4 apples. Who has more apples?
A: Whomever Mike Pence decides has more apples.
The DeVos pledge: If your senator voted YES, you pledge to vote AGAINST them in the next election and to donate to their opponent. Please RT— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) February 7, 2017
For $200,000,000 you can have whatever job you want.— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) February 7, 2017
Betsy Devos got confirmed. Everyone who voted for her should be ashamed. Party before country. They're using children's education as pawns.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) February 7, 2017
Pence: "WE WILL CUT THE BABY IN HALF!"— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) February 7, 2017
Clerk: "Um, we just need you to cast a tie-breaking vote."
Pence: "IN HALF!!!"
Betsy DeVos confirmed. What is also confirmed is that there is not one single man of courage in the Republican Congress.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 7, 2017
a terrible moment in US history to confirm such an incompetent person as #Devos a total rejection of logic or concern for education— Sandra Bernhard (@SandraBernhard) February 7, 2017
America has a new Education Secretary who wants guns in schools to protect kids from Grizzly Bears - who've never attacked kids in schools.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 7, 2017
The swamp is being drained and filled with Chuck E. Cheese sea of plastic balls.— josh groban (@joshgroban) February 7, 2017
Grizzlies .... run for the hills https://t.co/03u1VIyYDn— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) February 7, 2017
By supporting the magnificently incompetent Devos tthe GOP has earned its place as the most cowardly party in US history. We won't forget!— Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) February 7, 2017
Try to imagine something more beautiful than the ideals of public education. And now imagine a rich old lady being like 'meh fuck that'.— Timothy Simons (@timothycsimons) February 7, 2017
With confirmation of DeVos, rich can again sigh in relief, as poor will now have even bigger hill to climb to be on a level playing field.— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) February 7, 2017