Several Hollywood stars, such as Barbra Streisand, Ben Stiller, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and JJ Abrams, criticized the NBC channel for scheduling an interview with Donald Trump at the same time as the event of his opponent, Democrat Joe Biden.
The President of the United States and Biden participated in simultaneous conversations on television this Thursday, after the cancellation of the face to face after Trump tested positive for COVID-19.
Donald Trump refused to participate in a virtual debate with his opponent, prompting Biden to schedule an interview for this Thursday night on competitor ABC.
“[Nós] we were devastated to learn that you chose to broadcast President Trump’s interview, directly in opposition to Vice President Biden’s interview, “said an open letter to NBCUniversal executives signed by more than 100 actors, writers and directors.
“By agreeing to display your interview as a counter-program (…) you allow the president’s bad behavior,” he added.
The letter – signed by many current famous officials and former NBC employees – insists that it does not want to deprive Trump of television time, but called for his appearance to be rescheduled “so that American voters had the opportunity to watch both”.
Stiller, Abrams, Julianne Moore, Seth Rogen and Aaron Sorkin are among the signatories.
The NBC decision had already sparked a reaction on social media, with Louis-Dreyfus – who starred in the NBC hits “Saturday Night Live” and “Seinfeld” – among those who wrote “#NBCBlackout” on Twitter.
“NBC has decided this now, after he has cowardly given up on a debate, giving Donald Trump an hour of interview against Joe Biden,” wrote Streisand.
“All Trump wants is to win the audience game. He is more of a contest presenter than a president,” he concluded.