Judd Apatow Calls for Fox Talents to Speak Up Over Fox News Child Separation Coverage


Judd Apatow is calling for Fox showrunners and talent to boycott the network. The producer's plea, in a series tweets on Monday, comes after Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane made a similar comment in response to Fox News and its reporting over the weekend.

In particular, Apatow took issue with Fox News' coverage the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy that has separated children from their parents at the southern U.S. border — which has drawn ire from celebrities and politicians alike, including former Secretary State Hillary Clinton.

“I haven’t worked with Fox since 2002. That family promotes evil ideas and greed and corruption. We all choose who to work with. I understand why that is easier for some than others but many powerful people are powerful enough to speak up to their bosses at a moment like this,” Apatow wrote Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox.

Apatow continued: “AG Sessions] is a fucking kidnapper! The Murdoch’s support these policies! Where are the Fox stars and executives speaking up?! Imagine if it was your kids. Who has a movie, TV show, sporting event, news show at Fox? How can you remain silent when they promote these policies?”

The writer and director — who last worked with Fox on his sitcom Undeclared, which ended after one season in 2002 — went on to say that “the MURDOCH family is part this torturing children,” adding that “they own the propaganda machine.”

Which is why Apatow is urging Hollywood to stand up to Fox and the Murdochs. “Fox stars and show runners should speak up! Journalists and athletes should speak up! Maybe their executives should speak up! @SethMacFarlane can’t be the only one with a conscience,” he wrote, later adding: “If EVERY Fox Star and show runner said this policy was evil and protested to the Murdoch family it would make a huge difference in this national debate.”

In response to Apatow's call to action, Modern Family co-showrunner Steve Levitan, who has an overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV, tweeted, “Let me ficially join @SethMacFarlane in saying I’m disgusted to work at a company that has anything whatsoever to do with @FoxNews. This bullshit is the opposite what #ModernFamily stands for.”

On Saturday, MacFarlane slammed Fox after Fox News host Tucker Carlson told viewers not to trust other news networks during Friday night's broadcast his eponymous show.

“In other words, don’t think critically, don’t consult multiple news sources, and in general, don’t use your brain. Just blindly obey Fox News,” tweeted MacFarlane, whose animated series Family Guy has been airing on Fox for nearly two decades. “This is fringe shit, and it’s business like this that makes me embarrassed to work for this company.”

MacFarlane's Fox series also include American Dad, The Cleveland Show and his newest fering, the space dramedy Orville.

Comcast recently fered to buy 21st Century Fox for $65 billion, potentially entering a bidding war with Disney, which initially fered $52.4 billion. On Wednesday, 21st Century Fox will weigh in on Comcast’s bid. If it accepts, Fox News will remain under the control the Murdoch family and MacFarlane’s creations will be included in the deal.

This article originally appeared in THR.com.