Why is Hugh Jackman still super-friendly with Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner?

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While I was at the gym yesterday, I watched a CNN segment about how celebrities were coming out in droves to encourage people to vote in the midterms, and how so many celebrities had endorsed particular candidates, like Beto O’Rourke or Stacey Abrams. CNN framed the story as “do celebrity endorsement hurt more than they help?” And while that’s been the question for decades, in this particular era of politics, can we just stop? The Trumps are utter famewhores, desperate for any kind of celebrity legitimacy or attention. Donald Trump is a C-list wingnut reality star, and his children are craven starf–kers.

So, with that in mind, WTF is Hugh Jackman doing? Ivanka and Jared Kushner were invited to Hugh Jackman’s 50th birthday party in New York a few days ago:

Hugh Jackman celebrated his recent 50th birthday with a starry party at Donna Karan’s West Village space Urban Zen, sources exclusively told Page Six. At the party were guests including Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett as well as Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. Some of the liberal Hollywood types were taken aback by the presence of the president’s daughter and son-in-law. But a source said, “There was no snubbing. Everyone was polite.”

Jackman and Ivanka have been known to be close pals. He called her “my lovely friend” in a 2015 tweet. In June, Ivanka was spotted with Jackman and his wife leaving their apartment in the West Village.

[From Page Six]

Hugh is currently on the promotional trail for The Front Runner, which is about Gary Hart’s presidential run, and so he’s getting questions about American politics anyway. It feels like a lot of different outlets asked him about his friendship with Javanka too. He told Page Six: “I’ve been friends with them for 15 years so I am sure they were happy not to talk politics for a night.” When asked about it by Variety, he said: “I’ve known those guys for 15 years, and we don’t talk politics at birthday parties.” Those are very lame answers.

I understand the whole “we’re social friends, I’m not going to get into a screaming match with a Republican a–hole on my birthday” idea. But these people are destroying America. They’re unhinged fascists. Stop normalizing them to the point of “well, we just won’t talk about it while we eat birthday cake.” And what about the guests? If you went to your friend’s birthday party and suddenly Ivanka and Jared turn up, what would you do? I would not just sit quietly and eat cake, I’ll tell you that much. I would probably be That Bitch Who Got Arrested At Hugh Jackman’s Birthday Party.

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  1. Char says:

    Because he is white, rich, can get away of America any time he wants and hasn’t learned nothing about the character that made him famous and why X-Men were written.

    • AnnaKist says:

      And that’s why I’m done with him.

      • Sarah says:

        Whoa, Hugh Jackman has a reputation for being one of the nicest, classiest people in the entertainment industry, yet he’s cancelled because he chooses not to turn into a rage monster when in the presence of the Kushners? I’m thinking he may not be the one with the problem here.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Sarah: no. He’s canceled because he invited those people to his birthday party in the first place.

      • Queenb says:

        Its not like he went by them on the streets and people here are calling for him to punch them in the face. He is friends with them and invited them to his birthday party. He has chosen to support those people.
        His niceness is an image, not the reality.

      • Char says:

        @Sarah what does it matter if you are nice and classy if your friends are racists white supremacists that live in a bubble of desilusion that spreads cruelty around?

      • whatWHAT? says:

        “he’s cancelled because he chooses not to turn into a rage monster when in the presence of the Kushners?”

        no one is saying he has to “turn into a rage monster”, just not associate with this horrible, racist, baby-stealing family of grifters who think Nazis are “fine people”.

        we know what kind of people they are. and he chose to invite them to a milestone birthday celebration. if you are not actively speaking out against what they’re doing, you are complicit. his privilege allows him to be complicit and, as nice as he may be, he’s either (at best) being willfully ignorant and (at worst) is OK with their actions.

        so, yeah…cancelled.

      • holly hobby says:

        He’s done because he chose to remain friends with these bozos after everything that’s happened (caged kids! threats to health insurance. Erosion of American rights. not to mention the lies, that poor dismembered journalist).

        Sorry this is beyond talking politics. This family is actively fleecing the US govt. Don’t forget the RICO lawsuit too.

        Complicit Barbie and Dickless Ken are active in the regime so they bear responsibility. They are not just hapless family members like the Bush girls. They promoted the worst policies ever.

        So yeah, if Hugh is still friends with them then he thinks it’s ok to do all of the above.

      • Wilma says:

        Yeah, not going to spend money on him anymore.

      • Carrie says:

        These times bring to mind the build up of Hitler. No lie.

        I think it’s dangerous to distance if you were already on friends or speaking terms with any of the scary people right now. You have to keep up occasional contact. Also it’s an in, possibly, to future info as to developing plans etc.

        Think of Schindler and others who used their relationships to help without the nazis knowing. These are the times we are living in. Hugh is being smart. We all need to do the same if not for ourselves then to help protect others we meet or know already who may soon need it.

    • Mara says:

      This is a guy who pushed a movie that celebrated and whitewashed PT Barum of all people.
      Why should we expect anything better from someone who has already proved they lack any real awareness?

    • Xi Tang says:

      And lets not forget that he’s tight with Bryan Singer and used to party with him and other “rumored” perverts. So yeahh cancelled.

    • horseandhound says:

      if you cancel everybody you won’t be able to see a single movie because nobody is perfect and everybody does something we don’t approve of. I doubt he’s a bad man. those people must’ve been really nice to him and his family. everybody has friends they don’t agree with when it comes to some important issues. I might be wrong and he might be a bad person, but we don’t know that.

      • Jag says:

        The Trumps are Nazis. There are babies and children right now as you’re reading this who are being put up for adoption after being torn away from their parents; parents who love them and were deported because their skin is a different color than Trump’s.

        Anyone who is friends with them is cancelled, and I was a huge Jackman as Wolverine fan to the point that I overlooked the P.T. Barnum horribleness. Never again.

    • maisie says:

      Too right. He and his wife can take their kids & split back to Sydney (as can Nicole, Urban & Naomi) if it gets too “uncomfortable” for them in the US. So to paraphrase what Melania once declared on a jacket, they really don’t care. Also – seems as if the Kushners are definitely “you scratch our backs, we’ll scratch yours” sort of people, which makes me wonder what the Kushners “fixed” for Jackman, and what he did in return. Shady, in any event, because Jared & Ivanka are greedy, toxic people.

      • Nana says:

        Thank you, but we don’t want them in Sydney. And I’m not surprised at all they have friends like the Kushners. They are conservative and exploit their celebrity to inappropriately influence child protection legislation and operations in our state of New South Wales.
        The minister responsible for child protection in NSW, where Sydney is, has been incredibly and inappropriately influenced by Deborah Lee Furness lobbying for increasing out-of-home care adoptions.
        So much so, that the group that Furness champions, Adopt Change, won the contract for delivering services that recruit and train foster carers in NSW, even though the lobbying group has no experience or background in foster care or in the child protection field (they won it over the highly experienced previous provider, Fostering NSW).
        Adopt Change’s background was in lobbying on behalf of prospective adoptive parents for overseas adoption; and when source countries finally tightened up their laws and protections for families exploited by child traffickers and started closing doors to overseas adoption, they turned to other voiceless, unprotected sources – vulnerable families in low socio-economic groups with no access to supports and services, or legal advice.
        Recruitment of foster carers since Adopt Change took over the foster care training and recruitment programme has since collapsed and there are now many more vulnerable children getting lost, and at risk of getting lost in our care and protection system, and now less families being recruited as foster carers, ie: genuine people who want to support those kids who may only needed temporary foster care and restoration back to their own families – not just people only interested in adoption.
        They purport to be all about child protection, when they are by their own admission, purely an adoption lobbying group, and even though they are a driving force (besides a conservative, reactionary, sycophantic star f*cker of a government minister) behind the collapse of the system and the erosion of children’s rights, all in the name of a ready adoption pool from the “have nots” for the “haves” of the community.
        Adopt change also argues for the adoption of Aboriginal children from care, despite the fact that it’s well known that adoption is not appropriate for Aboriginal kids. Google the “Bringing Them Home” Report if you really want to know why it’s not appropriate and the profound, wide-spread multi-generational damage caused by adoption and other past child welfare practices here.
        Looking at this photo makes me physically and emotionally sick.

      • Lilly says:

        Thanks Maisie and @Nana for that education. Just wow! Stop plundering indigenous children, it’s not so long ago you could buy Native children for $10 and there are people working hard to backpedal on rights achieved to not have our kids taken to white systems and adoptions. Terrible. Yes, cancelled and there will still be plenty of better movies to see.

    • Haapa says:

      Exactly. What a privilege it is to be able to “put politics aside”. PoC don’t have that luxury. And it smacks of respectability politics.

  2. OriginalLala says:

    I judge him on the company he keeps. These people are tearing the US apart (and literally people are dying) and if he is ok socializing with them and actively wants to be seen as their friends, then Im sorry he is cancelled in my books.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      yeah, I hate to outright do it, but I’m with you. if you think Javanka are “OK people”, YOU ARE NOT OK IN MY BOOK.

      and look, a couple of Ivanka’s old faces!

      • Chaine says:

        She was much prettier with her old nose, I don’t know if it’s the original, but the one as shown in the pic of her with the short hair.

      • Laura says:

        That black dress did not do Ivanka’s boobs any favors and Jared looks stupid. As always.

    • CheckThatPrivilege says:

      Absolutely. His choices in friends and who he’s willing to be seen with tell us plenty. Just as I think far less of him for hanging out with these monstrous grifters, I really respect Natalie Portman for refusing to share a stage with the odious Netanyahu.

    • Darla says:

      Definitely. I had friends going back to school days who I cut off because of their support for trump. If it’s family, I would be more understanding. Friends? Nah.

    • Susannah says:

      Hugh is the godfather of Rupert Murdoch’s daughter. I think the Kushners are right up Hugh’s political alley, unfortunately.

  3. perplexed says:

    What do they talk about with each other? That’s the part I don’t get,

    I read somewhere that Hugh is a loyal person, but what are their conversations about to maintain that loyalty?

    • Kitten says:

      IDK…rich people stuff?

      I love Hugh and his wife, but this is not cool. I get that he’s a nice guy, but he’d be better off distancing himself from these toxic aholes. In addition to being terrible people, associating yourself with them is probably career-damaging at this stage. Everyone in this administration should be publicly shunned.

      I’m disappointed.

      • perplexed says:

        “IDK…rich people stuff?”

        That makes sense. I just figure anything Jared and Ivanka are involved with is illegal, so I probably wouldn’t want to know.

        Imagine if they have to call Hugh Jackman to testify.

        If I were I one of the party-goers, maybe I’d try to get a few drinks into Jared and get him to reveal all his secrets to me which I would hand over to the FBI.

      • ReeseSmith89 says:

        you better get mad at everyone in Hollywood then they knew about trump and welcomed their family in with open arms.

      • LadyMTL says:

        I’m really disappointed too! I understand wanting to be loyal to his friends but at a certain point didn’t it dawn on him that Javanka are not good people? I mean, you can tell a lot about someone by the company they keep, and sadly I’ve lost a lot of respect for him now.

      • Lydia says:

        @reesesmith89, lots of people denounced Trump in Hollywood once he became political. Even before that, he only got C-listers to his Celebrity Apprentice. Even Omarosa was at celebrity apprentice simply because she became known in an earlier apprentice series. If he had been so welcome, more famous people would have shown up.

      • Algernon says:

        @ ReeseSmith89

        Numerous filmmakers have talked about shooting on his properties and he would make getting a cameo in the movie a stipulation of the contract. He had to force people to be around him and any time he went anywhere, like an award show or the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, he was the butt of jokes. We’re stuck with 45 because Hollywood *didn’t* welcome him. If Hollywood had been more welcoming, maybe he wouldn’t have run for president. If only he had won one Emmy…

  4. Mia4s says:

    Wow, that really makes me question a lot about he and his wife that those…“people”…are close friends? I mean, not just acquaintances or other parents at their kids’ school; but close friends? Yikes.

    • Jen says:

      I agree. This isn’t even being close friends with his supporters-this is being close friends with Jared and Ivanka. These are people actively involved with and complicit in what Trump is doing to our country. That’s very hard to wrap my mind around.

  5. Queenb says:

    I am sure Jared is such an interesting, witty and funny guy that enriches every party… Come on, even if you are a hardcore republican you wouldnt want that guy at your party.

    Jackman is canceled. What a stupid answer. Of course he doesnt have to talk about politics on his birthday party but why on earth does he wants to celebrate with kidnapping facists?
    He is acting like its two couples who have different opinions on term limits for presidents. Thats something you can just ignore and still be friends.

    I always say: Be careful of every celeb. Its always just lipservice when they say something about social justice.

    • Dali says:

      QueenB, totaly true! That’s what i also always say, be careful what you believe, it is mostly lipservice. celebrities are usually totally full of themselves, narcissistic and using charity etc. For their image. Even the C-listers. Every Talent Agent advices them to do so. Most of them don’t really care even if they were poor themselves before they got famous. They become quickly very rich, but they also forget very quickly how it was before the money came. Seen it myself with a friend. Just because someone was „poor“ (or middle class) doesn’t mean they care for others when they become rich. That’s a naive thought to be honest.

      Just the fact that he is friends with people like Ivanka and jared is to me totally frustrating because i really liked him. Now hes cancelled.

    • Erinn says:

      Yeah, pretty much all of this.

      Celebrities from all professions get where they are by being charming and putting on a show. ESPECIALLY actors. It’s literally their job to pull people in and put on an act.

    • jojo says:

      And his party was held at Donna Karan’s house. Let’s flash back a year ago when she defended Harvey Weinstein and blamed the victims (on camera, no less!). Now add Jared and Ivanka, and this is who Hugh Jackmans’s friends are. Says a lot about him and how rich, entitled, out of touch and gross he is. Later, Hugh.

      • ChipnSticks says:

        Ugh. What an a$$ he’s turned out to be in reality. Interesting how these small red flags were always there, but we never really saw them.

  6. Helen says:

    definite, definite side-eye.

  7. Veronica S. says:

    *cringe* Not his best look.

    I get that they go back years, and I realize this isn’t his country, but like…celebrities need to understand this administration is going to force us to pick sides at some point. The entire point is division. Your long friendship doesn’t seem quite as significant to those of us who have had to cut off family members over this.

    • K.T says:

      yeah, makes me think much less of Hugh and his Deborra. Quite frankly, by his statements and all the posed smiling pictures, in a time when racism and fascism is killing people at an alarming rate…he’s endorsing two of the biggest White House/Trump representatives. You can be friends (perhaps) but you could also make public statements against their policy and political power. Maybe Hugh’s one of those secret GOP supporters as he’s also he’s best friends with Rupert Murdoch too and has always been happy to defend that garbage racist Murdoch media outlets.

      Woooo, people are really showing their true colours nowadays 😩

      • tw says:

        Agreed. So disappointing. True colors definitely showing.

      • Queenb says:

        “people are really showing their true colours nowadays” In a way thats good. I am actually surprised he and his team didnt think about this at all. This is clearly taking a side.

      • Veronica says:

        I don’t even think beliefs really add into it for most of them. Wealthy people have always had the benefit of not caring. The 1% votes in America to increase wealth, not because they actually care about real issues. They’re only interested in cutting off rights where it may expand the consumer base they can exploit.

      • Nana says:

        They adopted two African American kids…. how do they go home from any social engagement with the Trump/Kushers and look their kids in they eye?
        How will their kids view this once they’re old enough to understand exactly where their parents stand on racial issues? What will it do to their sense of self and their sense of identity?
        N.F.I. At best they are tone deaf…. But at worst??

  8. Jane says:

    He’s close with various Murdoch’s too.

    • Kerfuffle says:

      Which also easily explains how he knows Jared & Ivanka.

      Hugh was introduced to Rupert (and became close friends) by Nicole Kidman, who was very tight with Wendi Deng.

      Wendi is also extremely close to Jared & Ivanka.

      Wendi and Rupert may have divorced, but they made a lot of social connections as a couple (and she’s still far more socially connected than Rupert & Jerry Hall).

  9. anniefannie says:

    Aren’t Donna Karan and Barbara Streisand super tight? Something tells me Karan wasn’t informed those two would be haunting her house…
    Donna will need some major sage to rid the bad juju….

    • The Other Katherine says:

      I dunno. Donna Karan had ugly things to say about the Harvey Weinstein accusers, IIRC. I don’t think she’s that fussy about the company she keeps.

  10. Case says:

    How disappointing. I thought he was one of the few good ones.

  11. Sonia says:

    For the same reason he’s still BFFs with Ruper Murdoch and godfather to his children – because Hugh is a rich white male who can afford to just “not discuss politics” with Javanka because none of it effects him in any way.

  12. Polly says:

    This is beyond disappointing. I’m not even particularly a fan of his but he is known for being a kind, decent person, right? So I’m baffled how he can justify continuing to be friends with such awful people. I find it hard to believe that he supports Trump’s policies so maybe he’s just deep in denial about his “lovely friend”. Either way, he’s cancelled.

    • Thirsty Hirsty says:

      @Polly deeply disappointing. You said it well. I’m deeply sad to have to cancel Mr. Jackman, but no longer will any of my desperately hard earned pennies go towards supporting any film he is in, so yes, I am self-inflicting a wound to live by my principles and values…again. Doing the right thing has been costly in my life; my entertainment dollars may be few, but they are hugely valuable to me. Mr Jackman and anyone who works with someone who attempts to normalize GOPs behaviour in any shape or form is OUT. GONE. ‘BYE

  13. Kerfuffle says:

    Hugh is famous for being an incredibly nice guy, but he’s never been the deepest thinker. This is a guy who made a movie about PT Barnum as some sort of hero.

    • Mara says:

      This but also more. You don’t need to be clever to realise that Barum was a bad guy, all you need is basic empathy.

      • Kerfuffle says:

        Did he even Google the man? I don’t get how someone can be as deliberately obtuse on the subject as Hugh is.

    • Carrie says:

      Yeah. He’s just in this game for the money. That’s always been clear.

  14. smcollins says:

    Oh, Hugh….I get you’ve known them for years, before they started destroying this country from within and for their own personal gain, but the fact that you’re *still* friends with them is beyond problematic. I definitely think less of you now, which is so disappointing because I was such a big fan.

  15. Eric says:

    Never been a fan of Jackman and now it’s got cement shoes just like the mobsters use to sink someone. Jackman’s a sham, just like jarvanka.

  16. Marjorie says:

    I was waiting for this site to cover this. I’ve been a big Hugh fan forever and he’s cancelled. I too would be that Bitch that Got Arrested, Kaiser.

    • iconoclast59 says:

      And I’d be that bitch joining y’all in the arrest roundup, for following Ivanka around the room hissing, “Compliccccccit!”

  17. Andrea says:

    Gross. Done.

  18. Kerfuffle says:

    On another note, I had to give Hugh a huge side eye for performing at a major MLM convention. MLMs are SO predatory, it’s really icky. He was likely paid a boatload of money to do it too.

  19. Who ARE these people? says:

    MLM? men’s lives matter?

    Ugh, we’ve found Jackman’s Achilles Heel.

    • Jane says:

      Multi Level Marketing (pyramid schemes).

      He performed at one of the big essential oil pyramid scheme conventions, and promoted their oils. It was gross.

      • Kerfuffle says:

        That’s correct. Multi Level Marketing schemes are all over the place (chances are, your FB feed is filled with stuff like essential oils, shakes, skincare, jewelry, makeup, supplements,clothing) that purport to be someone’s amazing business. But they’re scams. The “consultant” pays $$ to the company, and then tries to sell the vastly overpriced product, but makes the real $$ by getting OTHER people to sell for them (called the downline) because they get a commission on whatever those people sell. And it goes down – someone who has a team that expands into a whole line of downlines (as in, each of those people form a team of their own, who then form a team) – essentially you make your money by getting other people to sign up and sell for you. The consultants themselves are the biggest customers of the products. It’s a total and complete scam packaged as “wellness”, “independence”, “supporting local businesses”.

        MLMs are also infamously predatory. They rely hugely on Stay At Home moms and military spouses, who often can’t afford to sign up without going into debt. But statistically, 99% of constants don’t make more than a few hundred dollars a year.

        So I give Hugh a huge side eye for supporting a fancied up scam. But the guy is very much a “it’s not a big deal if it doesn’t actually affect me”. By all accounts the guy is SUPER nice and a good dude, but even the article above is a great example.

      • lucy2 says:

        One of my friends has fallen for pretty much EVERY SINGLE one of those MLM schemes. She always thinks she’s going to make a ton of money selling stuff that no one wants, and it NEVER works out.

    • EllieMichelle says:

      I had no idea MLM wasn’t a popular term. It’s the oils, make up, supplements, candle wax, jewelry etc that your old high school classmate tries to sell to you on fb. Multi level marketing aka pyramid scheme.

  20. Steff says:

    They are criminals aside from their involvement with the Trump administration. How can people around them not acknowledge that and distance themselves? His response reminds me of Tom Brady when he was repeatedly asked about Trump. Completely brainless.

  21. Tania says:

    Much like we side eye Karlie Kushner with the other Kushners, and Duchess Megan with the Mulroneys, so too goes Jackman with the Kushners.

    This is the bubble of the elite. This is Kaitlin Jenner. It only matters when it affects me kind of b.s. It means lack of empathy for every other member of society.

    Basically, Jackman is pretty damn well close to being cancelled now too.

    I always remember, “You either die a hero or live long enough to be a villain.”

    • MaryContrary says:

      What exactly is wrong with Duchess Meghan being friends with the Mulroneys??

      • Jane says:

        Ben Mulroney is the son of Brian Mulroney, Canada’s former Prime Minister, a Conservative who’s been involved in all sorts of Trump-esque financial shadiness (accepting kickbacks, accepting cash from arms dealers, tax fraud etc.). As with Trump, there’s a ton of nepotism in the mix, and Ben and Jessica have benefited from his fathers shady connections and dealmaking.

        If you distrust anyone who associates with the Kushners, the same should go for the Mulroneys. They’re birds of a feather.

    • Jaded says:

      Comparing the Mulroneys to the Kushners is like comparing a mouse to an elephant. Yes, Brian Mulroney did some shady things ( accepting kickbacks from Karlheinz Schreiber on the sale of Airbus planes to the government-owned airline during Mulroney’s term as Prime Minister of Canada) but in no way is he even remotely like the Kushners. Charles Kushner was convicted of illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering, and served time in federal prison. Kushner companies need a ton of money and are looking for it from foreign sources as Jared holds a foreign policy portfolio for his shit-stain of a father-in-law. Jared’s approached Saudi billionaires, Russian oligarchs and shady diamond merchants who are under law enforcement scrutiny in at least four countries, including the US, for potential crimes such as bribery and money laundering. Big difference. As far as I know, Jessica Mulroney has nothing to do with any of her father’s “alleged” misdemeanors” as Ivanka does.

      • Carrie says:

        Yep. Plus, the Mulroney kids are all genuine friends with PM Trudeau. Mulroney Sr. Has spoken out in support of a Justin when he was running for PM even and that’s rather huge for Mulroney Sr.

      • Nic919 says:

        Brian Mulroney has accepted bribes in paper bags, but Jared Kushner is helping commit war crimes with what he’s doing with the Saudis and complicit Barbie is just as corrupt with the dump business. This is not the same level at all. Ben Mulroney is at worst an annoying tv host but he has not been involved politically at all in his life and Jessica even less so. It would be like trying to blame the Bush girls for what their dad did, but without the whole starting anfake war in Iraq because Canada never joined and Mulroney was well out of office by then.

  22. Jessica says:

    The worst thing is I believe one of his kids is black. So he’s normalising a racist admin while raising people of color.
    White people who raise black kids should be forced to take classes in the history of black America. It’s not good enough to be “ color blind” you have to be an ally. Imo.

    • Renee2 says:

      He and Nicole Kidman both have racialized kids, so they are both deserving of side eye for hanging out with Rupert Murdoch.

      Also, I like Zendaya and she seems pretty woke so then why aren’t we giving her grief for her, and Michelle Williams for that matter, grief for also participating in that greatest show on Earth schlock??? (This isn’t directed towards you, it’s just a question I have.)

      • Jessica says:

        Kidman seems to have nothing to do with her AA son Jackmans son was probably at that party. Smh.
        What did Michelle Williams and zendaya do?

        Btw my mom swears Australia is the most racist country. Maybe she’s right.

      • Tiffany says:

        @ Jessica. Zendaya and Michelle were part of The Greatest Showman cast.

      • The Other Katherine says:

        While I agree that Kidman deserves criticism for giving social cover to the Murdochs, the situation with her two adopted children with Tom Cruise, Connor and Isabella, has everything to do with the Church of $cientology and their policy of disconnection. Because of how her divorce with Cruise went down and the fact that she is clearly not a $cientologist now, she is most likely regarded as a “suppressive person” by the Co$, which means that all of their members must sever contact with her, including family members. Connor and Isabella are still Co$ members and are most likely following the cult’s orders in disconnecting from their mom. There’s no reason to think Kidman’s estrangement from her son has anything whatsoever to do with race. Prior to the divorce, she appeared to be a loving and involved parent to both children.

        Renee2, may I ask what you meant by “racialized kids”? Based on context I’m guessing English may not be your first language and that you simply are referring to the fact that both Jackman and Kidman adopted children of other races. However, referring to people of color as “racialized” would be offensive in English as it implies that white is the default setting, so I thought I would ask.

      • FF says:

        @ Renee2

        Michelle Williams and Zendaya were not the headliners in that film and probably took less than 20% of what Jackman earned, as such they most likely had no say in elements of the scripting unlike the headliner/lead Jackman.

        Zac Efron starred in it too and nobody brought him up for the same reasons.

        And I don’t even get the people on this thread complaining about people cancelling Jackman when others are just choosing to support something with their time and money, why is that a problem – time, especially is non-refundable. It’s not like they’re being disparaging or making threats.

        Those two are part of the face of the current admin that’s getting people killed, cancelling Jackman is a reasonable response as I see it. If he doesn’t care about it affecting his career why should anyone else?

      • Julie says:

        Jessica, I have heard that as well! Australia had its own immigration issues and that they are highly xenophobic people. Murdoch is famous for that and also there was an actor from House, MD whose parents were leading a political movement to expel or prevent immigrants and immigration to their country. That Rupert Murdoch just wants to spread his hate all over the world but I don’t think all Aussies are like that but I have heard that they have this reputation.

      • Veronica S. says:

        I was going to say, I’m pretty sure the situation with the Kidman-Cruise era kids is the Scientology connection. They’re no longer at the age where Kidman can legally enforce her right to be a part of their lives. It’s the same reason Tom Cruise isn’t actively involved with Suri Cruise. So I’m not going to get her case about that because it must be heartbreaking, since I explicitly remember her trying to get them removed from that influence during the divorce.

        Michelle Williams and Zendaya are also a different situation, IMO, because their options are more limited than Jackman’s – particularly Zendaya. The dearth of good roles out there for women and minorities means turning down a role has greater consequences than it does for a white man.

      • LT says:

        Yeah, as others have said, the estrangement between Nicole and her son is likely caused by Scientology, not race. Nicole has talked about how dating Lenny Cravitz was providing a good role model to her son.

  23. tw says:

    Nazis should be shunned! You don’t get to say, “Well they’ve always been nice to me, so…” I’m very disappointed in Deb and Hugh. I have mutual friends who were at the party, and to them I said this isn’t a time to be polite, it’s a time to stand up for what is right!!

    • Sarah says:

      Harvey Weinstein should have been shunned years before he actually was. It took a tsunami of bad press to get the Clintons and Obamas to finally stop kissing his rear end.

      • Betsy says:

        The difference being: lots of the Weinstein stuff was rumors for a long time and lots of people have rumors about them. The trumps are in fact out there being horrible with their actions all the time.

      • Patty says:

        I’d hardly say the Clintons or Obama’s were kidding HW rear end. They took his money and were okay with him using his influence to get more money from his wealthy friends. It’s a lot of things but it’s hardly ass kissing.

    • Veronica S. says:

      The “polite” responses from other people at the party is really telling, to be honest. Never trust rich people to side with the rest of us.

      • Nic919 says:

        People with lots of money don’t take sides unless it benefits them to do so. Morality isn’t something more wealthy people have an abundance of.

  24. Marty says:

    Rich, white privilege. None of this hurts him or his bottom line, so he doesn’t care.

  25. lucy2 says:

    “Oh so sorry, your invite must have gotten lost in the mail!”
    See how easy that could have been, Hugh?

    Or he could go a step further and actually make it productive by saying “you know, we’ve been friends for a while but I’m really disappointed/disgusted/horrified by everything with your family right now, and I don’t particularly want you at my birthday party.”

  26. NotHeidisGirl says:

    WTF Hugh?!?!

  27. Maddie says:

    Gross. I was never a huge fan, but yeah he’s canceled. So how do they explain to their black kid that mommy and daddy are friends with racist? But sweetie, they’re nice racists and we’ve been friends for so long.

  28. Algernon says:

    I was already side-eyeing him because of his friendship with the Murdochs, who have done more to destroy political discourse and usher in the era of 21st century fascists, and also his hard on for PT Barnum.

  29. yiza says:

    I’m sad to say he’s cancelled. Eddie the Eagle is one of my favorite movies; I loved him.

  30. Lala11_7 says:

    Yea…the Kushner’s BILKED their real estate empire off of exploiting, denigrating, humiliating and dehumanizing the majority of Black people that had the unfortunate opportunity to live in their shoddily kept slums…while they paid off government officials to look the other way….I’m not even going to get into the Tramp dynasty of crud that has ALWAYS lowered society as a whole…

    Hugh Jackson is so cancelled for me…it’s as if he was NEVA here! I’m so SICK OF RICH WHITE FOLKS ACTING AS IF THE MAJORITY OF THE WORLD DOES NOT MATTER!

  31. 2bounce4u says:

    Donna Karan. Mr and Mrs Kushners. Might add pals of Murdoch to the list.

  32. greenmonster says:

    I liked him for the longest time and always thought he was incredible nice and sweet. Then I started to notice how he only used his Twitter to promote his movie (esp. The Greatest Showman) and I side-eyed him for that. So many celebrities use their Twitter to support what they believe in and to speak out against this Administration… Hugh was all “Greatest Showman” here… “Greatest Showman” there… Sorry, at some point you have to stand for something. Hugh hasn’t done this or maybe he has and it is a stand I don’t like. For now, Hugh Jackman can kiss my butt.

    And by the way… I would have given him my two cents about inviting Javanka before I would have left the party and blocked his number.

  33. Svea says:

    He just seems so thirsty and spreads himself all over New York. Can he even vote here?

    • French girl says:

      Is he american citizen ? He is australian si probably he doesn’t vote on USA.

      • chinoiserie says:

        I do not think him spending time with these people is great. But he has a long friendship and isn’t American he should not have to think of husband friendships politically.

    • Mia4s says:

      He’s said he can’t vote, so he’s not a citizen. But given that their two children are POC growing up in Trump’s America (his son is a teenager FFS)….he’s got a stake to say the least!

    • Veronica says:

      No, he’s an Australian citizen. He’s here for work, but otherwise, he gets photographed at home.

  34. Lana says:

    Yeah, he’s cancelled. I can’t with anyone who supports this admin. They literally stole refugee children from their parents. Utter trash.

  35. holly hobby says:

    He can say he’s friends with Dickless and Complicit but how to explain the ugly troll (Don Jr)? Was his plastic girlfriend, Kim there too? It’s like a Faux party!

  36. Wannabesith says:

    So what?

    • Stella Alpina says:

      The reasons why it matters to people have been clearly expressed throughout this comment section. All you have to do is read.

      Instead, you came here to show your indifference — but you cared plenty enough to write that you don’t care.

      RME at the affectation.

  37. Valerie says:

    Well, that seals it: I no longer care about Hugh Jackman anymore.

  38. Bkittyb says:

    Wait so classy looking so called nice (read: polite) people cannot be racists? And even if he’s not that he would keep company with them shoes he is passive and by not acting he is condoning their actions. And it is a pity because he has family members of color. SMH. Oh well. Canceled. He does not get a pass.

  39. Nat says:

    Two boxes of “Laughing Man” coffee arrived in the mail yesterday. I didn’t realize it was Hugh Jackman’s company until I saw his signature below an illustration of him kneeling in the dirt w/ a coffee plant in between his hands. Next to him is an Ethiopian coffee farmer who (according to the box) inspired Jackman to create a coffee company that practices fair trade.
    I’m tempted to suggest a bees to honey hypothesis for why Jackman would choose to nurture a relationship w/ the Kushners . . . but at this point in the Trump Administration we all must Be That Bitch Who Got Arrested at Hugh Jackman’s Birthday Party.
    Did anyone else see “The Greatest Showman” as a dystopian commentary on American culture? It’s a shame about the coffee. Both blends are tasty. Principles first though. Please wake up Hugh Jackman!

  40. Melania says:

    I don’t like him.

  41. CairinaCat says:

    I won’t be spending any more money on him

  42. Lisabella says:

    I’m not that surprised. Jackman’s living a life of his own ..

  43. Sydneygirl says:

    Hey @Julie How about you don’t make sweeping generalisations about my country (Australia) as being racist and xenophobic.

    How about if I generalise all Americans by the fascist that is your POTUS? Would you like me to equate all Americans as being the same as him?

    Miss me with that ish.

  44. Yes Doubtful says:

    I don’t think some understand that A LOT of Hollywood are friends with, in business with or are acquaintances of some member of the Trump team. Google a picture of Trump with any celeb and you’ll find it. You all would have to cancel everybody.

    • Dworkins says:

      Is this the one millionth comment here about ‘YOU D AHAVE 2 CANcEELL EVERYRRYBODY!! CHECKMAT!!!’ on here? Must be a talking point; I remember it from all the posts about sexual abusers.

  45. Amelie says:

    Hugh is definitely CANCELED! I’m glad I was never a fan of Jackman. I knew there was something weird about him. It’s never okay to be friends with racists, Neo-Nazis, who pardon rapists.