Hollywood Reacts to Betsy DeVos' Controversial Confirmation as Education Secretary

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"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:

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