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Patti LuPone faces backlash over gay rumor: ‘Why don’t you just come out?’

Patti LuPone faces backlash over gay rumor: ‘Why don’t you just come out?’

Patti LuPone holding up her hand and wearing sunglasses

Broadway star Patti LuPone is facing backlash over a public call-out of US Senator Lindsey Graham last night (18 July).

The 70-year-old star took to Twitter to express her disappointment in the American Republican politician after he refused to call President Donald Trump racist in light of recent events

‘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.’

Patti LuPone tweet causing controversy
Patti LuPone tweet causing controversy. | Photo: Twitter

In response, one social media user wrote: ‘Homophobic Tweet of the Day.’

Another responded: ‘I fail to see how Lindsey’s sexual behavior is any of your business.’

While another tweeted: ‘Spouting homophobia to own the conservatives.’

LuPone is yet to publicly address the backlash, while Graham is also yet to respond.

Why did Patti LuPone call out Lindsey Graham?

This week, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts called out President Donald Trump and his administration for the inhumane treatment of undocumented immigrants detained in cages.

Trump shot back on Twitter: ‘Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came? These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough.’

At a Trump rally in North Carolina on Wednesday (17 July), attendees then chanted: ‘Send her back!’ in reference to Representative Ilhan Omar. Yet Trump said nothing and didn’t call it out.

When asked if Lindsey Graham thought these actions were racist, he replied: ‘No, I don’t think it’s racist… I don’t think a Somali refugee embracing Trump would not have been asked to go back.’

This is despite Graham previously saying in 2015: ‘[Trump] is a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot [and] he doesn’t represent my party.’

LuPone tweeted her call-out of the Republican politician just hours after his latest remark.

Patti LuPone in the musical War Paint
Patti LuPone in the musical War Paint | Photo: YouTube/War Paint

Patti LuPone features in the second season of Ryan Murphy’s hit-show, Pose.

But LuPone is best known for her work in stage musicals. She’s won two Tony Awards, the first in 1979 for Evita and the second for the 2008 revival of Gypsy.

She is also a two-time Grammy winner.

LuPone’s resume includes numerous film and television titles, as well, including a previous Murphy project. She appeared in American Horror Story: Coven, the third season of the horror anthology. In the series, she played a devoutly religious neighbor to a coven of a witches.

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