The world is still in shock after a fire ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, yet Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) decided to make an insensitive joke about it after Disney pledged a donation to help rebuild it.
Flames toppled the iconic spire of the medieval structure and destroyed the roof, causing a loss of history and art that can never be truly replaced. But the structure itself survived the blaze, and France has already vowed to restore it to its former glory.
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Hundreds of millions of dollars have been donated toward the restoration effort so far even though the Catholic Church is wealthy and three recently burned down black churches in Louisiana could use the donations more.
As the maker of the animated film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” Disney gladly pledged $5 million to restore the cathedral.
“Notre-Dame is a beacon of hope and beauty that has defined the heart of Paris and the soul of France for centuries, inspiring awe and reverence for its art and architecture and for its enduring place in human history,” Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger said. “The Walt Disney Company stands with our friends and neighbors in the community, offering our heartfelt support as well as a $5 million donation for the restoration of this irreplaceable masterpiece.”
It’s a touching gesture and one the people of France likely appreciate. Cruz, on the other hand, not so much.
He seems to think Disney will demand the princesses from its animated features be adorned on any new stained glass even though all of the stained glass survived.
Wonderful! Will we see Disney princesses in the new stained glass? https://t.co/al6W7bvFyb
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 17, 2019
Once again, Cruz demonstrates that he sucks at comedy and that he is incapable of saying something that isn’t insensitive at the wrong time.
And he received instant backlash from Twitter users.
What the fuck is wrong with you?
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) April 17, 2019
You’re almost as funny as you are creepy
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) April 17, 2019
Seriously, I do not understand how anyone supports you.
— Janet Banker (@saysthepea) April 17, 2019
Imagine if @IlhanMN tweeted this..
— Chris (@wabisabi89) April 17, 2019
Turns out the destruction of the stained glass was incorrect, Senator Cruz.
Also, Disney throwing some of their Hunchback profits the way of Notre Dame is just good business sense and mighty decent of them.
Why do you hate the free market?
— Joseph Nobles (@BoloBoffin) April 17, 2019
If @NRA pledged funds, would we see Christ armed with an AR-15 or AK-47 in the new stained glass?
— Maggie Jordan (@MaggieJordanACN) 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
— Kurt Davis (@kurtdavis) April 17, 2019
So, Disney pledges $5M to help rebuild an institution that means very much to the Roman-Catholic community, not just in France, but all over the world, and THIS is your response?
— Ser Duneedon of the Blackwater (@MrDonEden) 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
The only thing Cruz did with this tweet is make a complete a** of himself.
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