If there’s one thing Broadway legend Patti LuPone is not it’s a homophobe. She’s been an LGBTQ ally since the very beginning and we’re proud to have her in our corner.
That said, even allies mess up sometimes.
Yesterday, the two-time Tony and Grammy award winner took to Twitter to express her disgust with Sen. Lindsey Graham after he declined to call Donald Trump racist over the whole “go back to where you came from” controversy.
“Lindsey Graham, you are a disgrace,” LuPone tweeted. “On a personal note, why don’t you just bite the bullet and come out. You might just come to your senses.”
Lindsey Graham you are a disgrace. On a personal note, why don’t you just bite the bullet and come out. You might just come to your senses.
— Patti LuPone (@PattiLuPone) July 18, 2019
Now, we totally get it. Lindsey Graham is not a good guy and certainly no friend to the LGBTQ community. Not only did he oppose the repeal of DADT and gay-inclusive immigration reform, but he opposes gay marriage, calling it a “road to polygamy.”
That said, peddling gay rumors is not a productive way of getting one’s point across, and outing people is never OK. Not to mention, the whole “Lindsay Graham is gay!” joke is so passé. And, anyway, his sexuality has absolutely nothing to do with Donald Trump’s racist remarks.
Needless to say, people were not pleased with Ms. LuPone’s wisecrack.
come on, Patti
— Hale (@halemcsharry) July 18, 2019
Wow! Patti LuPone is homophobic! Who knew?
— Kevin (@razorchild63) July 18, 2019
The double standards at play here. Imagine a conservative tweeting this at Anderson Cooper. It would be national news.
— Dave (@SpannerDave) July 18, 2019
Don’t use us as a weapon, Patti.
— Tryx™?? (@Tryxt3rocks) July 19, 2019
Spouting homophobia to own the conservatives
— TheoryCraft (@Taobender) July 18, 2019
I was a fan. Saw you in concert years ago in New Orleans and then again a few years back at Symphony Hall in Atlanta. Shame on you!
— Pink Elephant (@PinkElephantBoy) July 19, 2019
I fail to see how Lindsey’s sexual behavior is any of your business.
— Steph (@steph93065) July 18, 2019
Oh Patti this ain’t it
— Peter Tingle (@heyitsurban) July 18, 2019
So woke that homophobia is okay just because it’s directed at someone on the right
— Wes (@wesman0615) July 18, 2019
Ms. Lupone, I teach a high school theatre class and want my students to admire your work. Please don’t ruin it for me 🙁
— Rachelle Thompson (@rwtopaz5) July 19, 2019
LuPone is yet to address the backlash and the tweet remains up on her Twitter page. We believe this was just a slip up and she’ll make it right.