Tony winner Andrew Garfield slices into Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling
Author: Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner - June 11, 2018 - Updated: June 11, 2018
Actor Andrew Garfield called for greater tolerance and referenced a Colorado case June 10 while accepting a Tony Award for his role as Prior Walter, a gay man with AIDS, in a new production of “Angels in America.”
“We are all sacred and we all belong. Let’s just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked,” Garfield said during his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Play, referring to the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial June 4 decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) June 11, 2018
Earlier in the evening, Garfield — a British-American citizen — urged “the old guard” to “quietly vanish into the night” because decisions like the one handed down by the Supreme Court “only embolden other human beings to think it’s OK to hold on to their old, bigoted ideas.”
“Graciously give the world to the new generation, to the generation that knows we are all interconnected, to the generation that knows we are all created to love and to live,” he said in an interview with Variety. ” … So we have to keep working until the change that we want to see happens. It just may take a bit longer.”
The Supreme Court came to a 7-2 verdict in the Masterpiece Cake Shop Ltd v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case, in which a Colorado baker objected to making a cake for a gay couple’s wedding due to his religious opposition to same-sex marriage.
The court’s decision focused narrowly on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s actions toward baker Jack Phillips, finding the commission was hostile to Phillips’ faith and failed to act neutrally toward his religion.
“Angels in America,” an epic two-part play written by Tony Kushner, explores homosexuality in the U.S. in the 1980s. Garfield was honored for his role in a revival of the play, which originally debuted in 1991.
Garfield may be best known for his starring film roles in “The Social Network,” “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “Hacksaw Ridge.”
Garfield did not make the only political statement of the 72nd annual Tony Awards from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Noma Dumezweni, who stars as Hermione Granger in “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” also told Variety that President Donald Trump wasn’t welcome at any of the production’s performances.
“Anybody else, yes,” Dumezweni said.
And Robert De Niro launched into a profane attack on Trump before introducing a performance by rock star Bruce Springsteen.
“I’m going to say one thing: F— Trump,” De Niro said from the stage at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. “It’s no longer down with Trump. It’s f… Trump.”
Many in the show-business audience stood, clapped and cheered following the actor’s fist-pumping outburst. CBS, which broadcast the awards show, bleeped De Niro’s comments in the Mountain Time Zone.
As of Monday morning, Trump had not yet taken to Twitter to respond to De Niro.