Hollywood was largely disappointed during the first Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday night, with reaction spanning from pillory to praise to panic.
“I already heard six candidates tonight that can see themselves out, permanently,” actress Amber Tamblyn fumed, sounding unenthused with over half of the Democratic candidates on the debate stage.
I already heard six candidates tonight that can see themselves out, permanently.
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) June 27, 2019
“Not a promising start,” said HBO late-night host Bill Maher, who pointed out how most of the candidates dodged the first question and failed to answer how they could justify pushing sweeping economic policy while a large majority of America (and 60 percent of Democrats) say they are doing well in President Trump’s economy.
“Nobody came close to answering the first question, a good one: With 70% saying they like the economy, shld we make radical changes to it? Only interchangable chunks from the stump speeches. You’re going to have to answer that at some point, guess not tonite,” the Real Time host said.
Not a promising start. Nobody came close to answering the first question, a good one: With 70% saying they like the economy, shld we make radical changes to it? Only interchangable chunks from the stump speeches. You're going to have to answer that at some point, guess not tonite
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) June 27, 2019
Actor Don Cheadle seemed completely put off by the debate halfway through the first hour. “why don’t we just have running color commentary from the booth and a scoreboard and throw instant replay in there too to make it all complete …?” the Avengers: End game star suggested.
why don't we just have running color commentary from the booth and a scoreboard and throw instant replay in there too to make it all complete …? https://t.co/dldzwriC0c
— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) June 27, 2019
Actor Michael Ian Black said, “I’ll start watching the debates when we’ve whittled it down to the top 100 candidates.”
I’ll start watching the debates when we’ve whittled it down to the top 100 candidates.
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) June 27, 2019
Actor Billy Eichner was apparently disappointed by all 10 Democrats on the stage Wednesday night, and declared that he’s “voting for Hillary.”
Voting for Hillary.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) June 27, 2019
As the Democratic White House hopefuls began attacking each other, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane pleaded for peace, saying “Candidates – please stop yelling. We’re all on the same side.”
Candidates – please stop yelling. We’re all on the same side.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) June 27, 2019
Beyond boring Hollywood Democrats, the debate was rife with embarrassing moments from a major technical debacle to half the candidates answering questions in Spanish to a format the largely saw the Democrats shouting over each other and the NBC News moderators.
Nevertheless, below is all the latest Hollywood reaction to tonight’s debate.
So, ok, most of them are saying something good on most issues. Well prepared sound bytes that they believe are true. But the one question on everyone’s mind while watching this is: WHO IS GOING TO CRUSH TRUMP? And the 2nd question: WHO’S FOR US AND NOT WALL ST? Whom do you think?
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 27, 2019
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) June 27, 2019
Hmm, good question! How DO you fix something that’s not working, De Blasio? #DemDebate
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) June 27, 2019
Warren has a comprehensive righteousAF thought-out plan for everything. She’s so badass. But mostly I like her because she purty IM SORRY #DemocraticDebate
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) June 27, 2019
Dem candidates should just address the climate crisis regardless of the questions.
It’s too huge.
I kind of thought this was what @JayInslee was going to do.
Don’t wait for the question.
The corporate press doesn’t get the urgency at all.
— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) June 27, 2019
All the topic being discussed by these candidates are important. I feel proud to be a Democrat. 🇺🇸
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) June 27, 2019