Obama's Final State of the Union Speech: Hollywood Reacts
The MPAA and celebrities such as Amy Schumer and Russell Simmons praised the speech, while Rupert Murdoch blasted the president for being "divorced from reality."
President Barack Obama's hopeful and unifying final State of the Union address got an immediate response from the great and the good in Hollywood on Tuesday night.
The MPAA was among the first industry groups to react, praising the president for pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. MPAA's chairman and CEO, former senator Chris Dodd, said in a statement that the TPP was a "top economic priority" for the U.S., particularly "because the U.S. film and television industry is a global economic sector that relies on open-market access and strong copyright protections to support nearly 2 million American jobs."
Dodd added that the TPP was a boon for Hollywood, as it will "lower trade barriers and help creators protect their content, allowing our industry to expand in key foreign markets."
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump surprisingly didn't live-tweet the speech, instead decrying it for being "really boring, slow, lethargic" and "very hard to watch."
News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch fired off a few tweets about the speech, saying in one that it "sounded mostly great, but totally divorced from reality." Murdoch also slammed Obama for talking up the Iran deal just as news broke of 10 U.S. sailors being captured by Iranian authorities.
Here's a selection of tweets showing how Hollywood reacted to Obama's final State of the Union speech.
The #SOTU speech is really boring, slow, lethargic - very hard to watch!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2016
O speech proclaims great virtue of Iran nuclear deal. Tomorrow's headlines: "Iran grabs ten US sailors"!— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) January 13, 2016
Thank you Barack. Thank you. One more year to go. Let's get criminal justice reform done this year! #SOTU— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) January 13, 2016
When I was 10 I ruined the Easter family photo because I was moody, fussy & didn't want to be there.That's how every GOP looks at the #SOTU.— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) January 13, 2016
Kim Davis in there wearing one of Bill Cosby's old sweaters! How she get a ticket? #sotu— Arsenio Hall (@ArsenioHall) January 13, 2016
The only way to keep out Muslims terrorists, is to keep out Muslim immigrants.— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 13, 2016
No matter who wins in 2016, they should farm out their #SOTU speeches to Obama to deliver— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) January 13, 2016
It’s the son who finds the courage to come out as who he is & the father whose love for that son overrides everything he’s been taught #SOTU— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) January 13, 2016
"Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't lose" Obama— Amanda Seyfried (@AmandaSeyfried) January 13, 2016