Bryan Cranston calls Trump 'Enemy of the People' in Tonys speech
Bryan Cranston is the one who knocks. At the 73rd Annual Tony Awards, Cranston took home the trophy for Best Leading Actor in a Play for his turn as Howard Beale in Network. When the actor was called to the stage to give his speech, he took the opportunity to support journalism and call out "the real enemy" of America.
After giving thanks to those who had a hand in putting Network together, Cranston notes, "Howard Beale is a fictitious TV newsman who found his way in the line of fire because of his pursuit of the truth. I would like to dedicate this to all the real journalists around the world." Cranston continues, highlighting the tense media climate as well as the journalists who are in the line of fire every day. "Media is not the enemy of the people," Cranston says as he ends his speech. "Demagoguery is the enemy of the people."
While Cranston doesn't call out Trump by name, his speech is in reference to a Twitter rant that Trump had gone on earlier on Sunday morning in which the president called the New York Times and CNN the "enemy of the people."
The stage play that Cranston won for was adapted from the 1976 film of the same name. Network follows a television journalist on a downward spiral as ratings at his network put his career in jeopardy. The film won four Academy Awards and was nominated for Best Picture.