Bryan Cranston got as “mad as hell” as his “Network” character on Sunday, using his Tony Award acceptance speech to chastise the president’s attacks on the media.
The “Breaking Bad” actor accepted the best leading actor Tony for his portrayal of a fed-up news anchor Howard Beale in “Network,” who famously says the line, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” And while Cranston didn’t mention President Trump by name, he criticized calling the media “the enemy of the people” – a phrase that Trump has used to describe the press in the past.
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“I would like to dedicate this to all the real journalists around the world, both in the press, the print media and the broadcast media – who actually are in the line of fire with their pursuit of the truth,” Cranston, 63, said at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday.
Cranston, who wore a blue pin on his suit to support reproductive rights, had even more to say to reporters backstage afterward, USA Today reported.
“If that message keeps getting propagated over and over and over again, sometimes it starts to seep in,” he warned. “And the perception of the truth is often more important than the truth, because if people believe it, it doesn’t matter whether it’s true or not. So the opposite message has to continue to be put out there, whether it’s diversity or the fight against the media or women’s reproductive rights or voting rights. It’s important to keep sounding the alarm.”
While the president didn’t respond to Cranston’s remarks, he posted several tweets on Monday morning calling a front page New York Times story a “fraud” and “sick journalism.”
When will the Failing New York Times admit that their front page story on the the new Mexico deal at the Border is a FRAUD and nothing more than a badly reported “hit job” on me, something that has been going on since the first day I announced for the presidency! Sick Journalism
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 10, 2019
“Network” has been a Broadway hit, grossing more than $1 million a week since opening in December.
The other big winners at the 2019 Tony Awards include “Hadestown,” which scored eight trophies including best new musical, and Elaine May, Santino Fontana and Stephanie J. Block taking the other actor and actress awards.