Actor Patrick Stewart supposedly gave a man who media outlets are describing as homeless five bucks so that he wouldn’t vote for Donald Trump.
On a New Orleans street corner, the man held a cardboard sign that read “give me a dollar, or I vote for Trump.”
The TV and film star who portrayed Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men movie franchise apparently upped the ante by a factor of five.
Stewart tweeted out a picture of the man along with a message declaring that “Made me forget the humidity for a moment. Worth 5 bucks.”
The whole premise of the unconventional panhandling technique appears to be tongue in cheek obviously, but some might wonder about a possible election law violation.
Stewart, 75, is currently making the rounds promoting a new movie called Green Room.
In an interview published earlier this month, Stewart informed Vice about his lifelong interest and involvement in politics.
About the GOP presumptive presidential nominee, he dismissively added, “Well, of course, we had no idea that Dreadful Trump would be up to these antics that he is up to now, and I call them ‘antics’ because how could they possibly be taken seriously?”
Made me forget the humidity for a moment. Worth 5 bucks. pic.twitter.com/lRvEoZ31mF
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) May 11, 2016
Stewart has more than two million Twitter followers, so the anti-Trump tweet gained a lot of traction on social media.
“Consider his latest tweet, which presumably features a homeless New Orleans man holding a cardboard sign begging for money. Residents of major urban centers are used to seeing such individuals, and if they’re semi-decent people, they’ll help out on occasion. Stewart, however, couldn’t resist quintupling this fine gentleman’s request for $1. Why? Because the skinny Dog the Bounty Hunter doppelganger was threatening to vote for Donald Trump,” Uproxx explained.
“Many people believe that Patrick Stewart might have had the notion that if he quintupled his donation to the homeless New Orleans man, the chances of preventing Donald Trump from becoming America’s next president will be higher. The way that the photo was shared clearly appealed to many people,” the Parent Herald observed.
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 12, 2016
Many celebrities have spoken out against Trump’s presidential candidacy, but in general liberal Hollywood disfavors — at least publicly — virtually any Republican office seeker, even those far less politically incorrect than the brash New York real estate mogul, who himself was a former Democrat and Independent. It’s a similar rite of passage in which rock bands often demand that GOP candidates stop using their tunes as entrance or exit music. Time will tell if celebrity endorsements or non-endorsements have a significant impact on the electorate.
Parenthetically, this was not the first instance of Trump-related street theater. Back in March, a Donald Trump impersonator in New York City holding a “beat up Trump” sign supposedly allowed passersby to abuse him for a fee on a sliding scale of severity.
Patrick Stewart this week confirmed that he will reprise his Professor X role in Wolverine 3 starring High Jackman.
— ScreenCrush (@screencrushnews) May 15, 2016
In a departure from the progressive agenda, self-described LGBT champion Patrick Stewart last year backed the Christian-owned Irish bakery that declined to make a gay marriage-themed cake, as the Inquisitr previously reported. Stewart cited personal freedom, including the right to object, as part of his reasoning. Ashers Baking Co. in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is currently appealing a court ruling that found it guilty of discrimination in the controversy.
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