Actress Patti LuPone Says Christian Right Is No Different from Taliban

Originally published April 19, 2023 9:00 am PDT

Actress Patti LuPone said on “The View” this week that she doesn’t know the difference between “our Christian Right and the Taliban.”

  • Actress and musical theater star Patti LuPone declared Tuesday that “our Christian Right” is no different than the Taliban in Afghanistan.
  • “I could cry… I don’t know why he’s doing this,” LuPone said about Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ moves against certain ideologies promoted by the LGBT community. “I don’t know, I mean I’ve said this before and I’m going to get in trouble. I’ve said this before, and it’s been in print. I don’t know what the difference between our Christian Right and the Taliban is. I have no idea what the difference is.” 
  • Gov. DeSantis has been criticized by LGBTQ groups for signing a bill into law in his state that critics have inaccurately labeled the “Don’t Say Gay” law, which limits sexualized discussions of LGBTQ issues in schools.
  • Co-host Whoopi Goldberg responded to the actress LuPone, saying that she was not the only person who has said that. 
  • “It’s not this country. It’s not America,” LuPone continued. “When I was growing up, I didn’t know America was an experiment. They never said America was an experiment when we were growing up. It was a democracy. And now it’s in such danger. It’s so upsetting. It’s upsetting to hear the loudest voices and not any kind of pushback to the loudest voices that are the extremity in this country.”

“What’s happening in this country right now in the name of religion is so dangerous,” LuPone said. 

  • In November 2022, “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin made headlines when she compared Republican women to “roaches.”
  • Hostin claimed that white suburban women are like “roaches voting for Raid” regarding voting for conservatives.
  • In early 2022, “The View” was forced to formally apologize to Turning Point USA for comments made by Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar in which they insinuated that the conservative organization had let “nazis” into their conference.
  • The statement was found to be false and show host Sarah Haines even read corrections on the show a few days later, delivering formal apologies.