Ted Cruz made a joke about Disney’s Notre Dame donation — and Twitter is confused.
After the French landmark went up in flames on Monday, the Walt Disney Company joined many other corporations in giving money to a restoration project. The corporation, which has wide-ranging assets from its movie studios to theme parks, pledged $5 million of aid.
The Walt Disney Company today announced it is committing $5 million to aid in the reconstruction of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris following the devastating fire that severely damaged the historic landmark this week: https://t.co/5Bm3BpDTPV pic.twitter.com/MFXAvUjsjg— Walt Disney Company (@WaltDisneyCo) April 17, 2019
While most viewed that as a positive thing, the Texas senator used it as an opportunity to take a swipe at the Mickey Mouse company. He tweeted, “Will we see Disney princesses in the new stained glass?” — even though much of the cathedral’s stained glass actually survived the fire.
Wonderful! Will we see Disney princesses in the new stained glass? https://t.co/al6W7bvFyb— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 17, 2019
His comment was slammed as “snarky and disrespectful” — and even supporters found it “uncalled for.” And there were questions — ranging from “How much did you donate Ted?” to “Are you totally tone deaf? What is wrong with you?” Actress Joely Fisher just went with, “Idiot” and another imagined what it would be like if Rep. Ilhan Omar had posted it. Here are some of the reactions:
Idiot— Joely Fisher (@MsJoelyFisher) April 17, 2019
How much did you donate Ted?— Wanderlust (@kslgoblue84) April 17, 2019
They're trying to help rebuild an 850 year old church and this is what you have to say? How are you a leader? How are you helpful? WHAT DO YOU CONTRIBUTE?— Michelle (@RageMichelle) April 17, 2019
There is something very wrong with you, Ted.— Cheryl Walters Wentz (@WentzCheryl) April 17, 2019
Wth is he doing? Stop being unlikable for no reason— Robert Jansen (@Robcat72) April 17, 2019
Come on Senator. I support you bit this is completely uncalled for.— JT (@jtsfunny) April 17, 2019
@tedcruz being snarky and disrespectful toward a charitable gift. Why am I not shocked.— michael nicholson (@michael86420687) April 17, 2019
Are you totally tone deaf? What is wrong with you? Oh that's right - you love deficits and forget constitutional law when it is convenient. 76008 voter!— Brendajurgens (@Brendajurgens3) April 17, 2019
This was out of line.— Jay Kreusch (@JayKreusch) April 17, 2019
...dude...I know you're trying to raise your charisma to something better than soggy toast, but this...this ain't the way to do it.— Clay Pulse (@c_pulse) April 17, 2019
Do you think that’s funny? Fire is not a joke. Seeing a church of such historic significance in this state is not a joke. Why don’t you get off Twitter and focus on the job you were elected to do and not waste tax payer money with insignificant unnecessary comments #bebest— Keira (@KeiraMahoney) April 17, 2019
How much are you donating? How much did you donate to any of the 3 black churches that were set on fire here?— ZoCrowe (@Zocrowe1) April 17, 2019
This is a super weird angle to take. You only like large corporations donating to you? Is that the problem?— X (@Xtina908) April 17, 2019
Some donate to charity while others lie about campaign loans— Are We Great Yet? (@rewegreatyet) April 17, 2019
And this “born & bred Parisian” compared him to one of the cathedral’s gargoyles.
I am a born & bred Parisian who watched sobbing the fire of Notre Dame.— Sandrine Chouard (@ChouardSandrine) April 17, 2019
Just wanted to let you know the stained glass was spared by the fire (as you can see from this picture taken after the disaster).
But now that I am here, I realise that you would make a perfect gargoyle. pic.twitter.com/fROPvuZiqQ
Cruz’s boss, President Donald Trump, issued his own statement on the Notre Dame disaster.
Just had a wonderful conversation with @Pontifex Francis offering condolences from the People of the United States for the horrible and destructive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. I offered the help of our great experts on renovation and construction as I did....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2019
....in my conversation yesterday with President @EmmanuelMacron of France. I also wished both Pope Francis and President Macron a very Happy Easter!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2019
His tweet was similarly panned. Offering his advice during the fire to Parisian firefighters on how to contain the flame, many on social media said his advice was incorrect.
Donations have been flowing in to pay for the cathedral to be build. Salma Hayek’s French billionaire husband, François-Henri Pinault, pledged $113 million. Donations from two other of the country’s richest families added another $587 million.
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