Hollywood is beginning to squirm over the possibility of a Donald Trump upset victory at the polls Tuesday. For many, according to trade magazine Variety, which endorsed Hillary Clinton, " it’s a nightmare scenario."
“I’m f*cking terrified,” said writer-director Adam McKay:
“If Trump were to win we will see a dismantling of our democracy we cannot imagine. I know that sounds dramatic but I think it’s a safe bet. I’m hoping silent sane Americans rise up to stamp down this ugliness. At the end of the day I still believe humans are getting better and smarter and that Trump is a burp from a bygone era.”
Other celebs have taken to social media like Twitter to share their freakouts. Writer-director Judd Apatow tweeted, “I will be funny in December. For now I am more concerned with not electing a madman who incites violence and racism.”
Directors Ron Howard and Rob Reiner both tweeted about a woman’s claim that Trump raped her when she was 13 years old (she ultimately decided not to come forward after claiming to receive threats; Trump’s attorneys have characterized her accusations as “categorically false.”)
“Can you hear the rosary beads clicking in my hand?” producer Kevin McCormick asked Variety. “We live in a bubble, I am afraid,” he added. “Just talk to someone in Florida. It is wall-to-wall Trump ads.” He said that “everyone on both coasts I talk to, and even internationally, has a stomachache about it.”
California’s lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom, said in an interview with Variety‘s “PopPolitics” on SiriusXM that he and many others “cannot wait until this is over":
“It has been an enormously burdensome election in terms of the public discourse and the coarseness, and a conversation where we are talking past each other, and not too each other. Yeah, there is a lot to be nervous about because as a Democrat, I think the consequences are catastrophic in terms of the future of this democracy if someone like Donald Trump actually succeeds and has the kind of power that is afforded a president. It scares the living daylights out of me that he is this close.”
TV producer Norman Lear wrote a piece this week for the Huffington Post called “I Laughed So Hard I Started to Cry,” in which he wrote, “Day to day, as it plays out, the political/social/economic scene invites my tears. The American people deserve so much more by way of steady, apolitical, selfless leadership than is being offered them from any direction. I could — and do — cry.
“And then, through my tears, I see Donald Trump. He’d be grotesquely hilarious, if he wasn’t so f———g dangerous. Still, my tears do not end in laughter.”
Variety went on to report that "a slew of entertainment figures" will be stumping for Hillary over the remaining few days, including Stevie Wonder in Philadelphia and Jon Bon Jovi in St. Petersburg, Florida. Hillary herself will join up with rapper Jay Z in Cleveland and with pop singer Katy Perry in Philadelphia for mini-concert events. Singer Christina Aguilera will perform at a fundraiser in Pacific Palisades for the Hillary Victory Fund.
Meanwhile, ordinary Americans by the millions are rallying for Trump. Those celebs who swore they'd leave the country if The Donald wins might consider beginning to pack.