Broadway actress and singer Patti LuPone left little room for interpretation for how she felt about President Donald Trump.
"I hate the motherf***er," LuPone told Variety when asked how she would react if Trump showed up at one of her plays. During the Tony Awards on June 12, LuPone was stopped on the red carpet and asked to give a reason why Trump should attend her latest Broadway musical, "War Paint."
"Well I hope he doesn’t, because I won’t perform if he does," LuPone said. When the reporter asked why, LuPone left nothing to doubt.
Not every thespian shared LuPone's strong opinion. Denee Benton, who's starring in "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812" would welcome Trump at her play, suggesting it may stir humanitarian feelings in the president.
"Maybe it would give him a little bit of a soul? It’s hard not to feel things when you’re watching our performance,” she said.
Leslie Odom Jr., a lead actor in sold-out musical "Hamilton," said he would love for Trump to attend a showing.
"I love the message of that show. Obviously I put my whole heart behind the message of that show. I believe that that show speaks for itself," he said. Trump has called the show "highly overrated."
Corey Hawkins of "Six Degrees of Separation" also extended an offer to the president, "because it’s about connection," he said, according to Breitbart. "It’s about reaching out, and it’s about seeing each other for who we are, and it’s about honesty, and it’s about love. I think our country could stand to use a lot of that right now."
Not everyone appreciated LuPone's tone when speaking about the president.
"Hate speech is OK again guys!" wrote a sardonic user on Twitter. "Hard to keep up with the rules." The user continued, arguing that what LuPone is doing is denying a service based on hate.
"So Libs can force people to perform against religious beliefs but can refuse to perform because of personal beliefs? / Including hate?" wrote another.
LuPone was born in Long Island, New York, and has enjoyed a long and successful acting career, per IMdB. She is primarily known as a stage actor with great success as an operatic singer, winning a 1980 Tony Award for her role in "Evita." She also won two Grammy Awards in 2009 for her performances in "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogonny." She became a Broadway regular by her mid-20s, continually starring in successful musicals throughout the 1970s and 1980s.