My my my… it seems as if things just keep taking new turns as Trump-supporting billionaires are getting exposed left and right.
Following the outrage and subsequent boycott of Equinox and SoulCycle after it was revealed that billionaire owner Stephen Ross, who owns many brands under the umbrella of Related Companies is hosting a Southampton fundraiser for Donald Trump — Call Me By Your Name’s Armie Hammer took to Twitter to call out Marvel’s former CEO and current chairman Isaac Perlmutter for being one of Trump’s biggest financial donors.
“Hey, while everyone seems to be on this Equinox thing, it might be a good time to mention that one of Trump’s largest financial contributors is the chairman of Marvel Entertainment (Isaac Perlmutter)..... jussayin.” Hammer said in a tweet.
ProPublica has called Perlmutter along with Bruce Moskowitz a West Palm Beach physician and lawyer Marc Sherman, the “three shadow rulers” of the Trump administration’s veterans policies.
According to documents obtained by ProPublica, Trump and Perlmutter “regularly talk on the phone and dine together when the president visits Mar-a-Lago.”
“On any veterans issue, the first person the president calls is Ike” a former official told ProPublica.
Perlmutter donated $1 million to Trump’s fundraiser for wounded veterans in 2016 while Trump was still running for president, (Perlmutter’s wife, Laura, was a member of Trump’s Inauguration committee) and has recently donated $360,000 towards Trump’s re-election campaign.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Perlmutter has also attended press conferences with Trump and appeared again with Trump at the U.S. Central Command Headquarters.
It seems that Marvel/Disney has been allowing Perlmutter to fly under the radar for some time now. But there is no doubt about where Perlmutter stands in his association with Trump — being one of his largest backers means he stands at the forefront of Trump’s continued attack on LGBTQ+ policies, his anti-immigration rhetoric and “migrant detention centers” (concentration camps), and more.
And so for your boycotting consideration … maybe consider adding Marvel’s. Or, admit that there is no ethical consumption under capitalism, and use your money on protests and donating to your favorite queer nonprofits.