Celebrities were in love with and fawned over New York Governor Andrew Cuomo during the early days of the pandemic but now are strangely silent as he faces dual scandals between mandating infected patients back into nursing homes and numerous sexual misconduct allegations.
In 2020, comedian Chelsea Handler claimed she was “pretty hot for” Cuomo. Cher tweeted that she was “in love” with him. Jada Pinkett Smith called the Luv Guv her “celebrity crush” and claimed she never missed one of his press conferences. Celebrity sycophants lined up to proclaim their devotion for Cuomo. Now, not so much.
Actor Robert De Niro talked about playing Cuomo in a movie featuring the coronavirus. And Leonardo DiCaprio was still in Cuomo’s camp as of January even though the beleaguered governor at that point was accused of facilitating the deaths of potentially thousands of elderly New Yorkers in nursing homes. To be fair, DiCaprio was in it mostly for the climate change aspect of Cuomo’s stances but even so, the optics were not good.
Others lined up. Hollywood producer Corin Nelson said to Variety in October: “I wish he could be our president—or my personal president.” Celebrities such as Chloë Sevigny, Ellen DeGeneres, Billy Crystal, Billy Joel, Ben Stiller, Rosie Perez, Spike Lee, Stephen Colbert, Sarah Silverman, Christina Applegate, Alyssa Milano, Jimmy Fallon, and Trevor Noah professed their undying devotion for the governor as well.
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Ellen DeGeneres once called herself a “fan” of the governor’s in a now-deleted tweet. “Can I say that I’m a Cuomosexual?” DeGeneres joked in April. “You know that’s going around. People are saying they’re Cuomosexuals.” Cuomo replied: “I think that’s a good thing. I don’t think that’s a bad thing.” People, DeGeneres stated, “are in love with you.”
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Not all of Hollywood is in the tank for Cuomo, however. Those who are calling for his resignation include Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, and Rose McGowan.
Seven women have now come forward to accuse Cuomo of sexual misconduct and New York Democrats are calling for him to step down en masse. Many in the Democratic Party want him gone and Cuomo’s staff have quit showing up for work. By all accounts, it appears his days are numbered in office although he denies all allegations and refuses to resign. Even Biden appears to have turned on Cuomo.
I’m in Love With Andrew Cuomo 💋
— Cher (@cher) April 15, 2020
This is an important step forward from @NYGovCuomo to help address #ClimateChange 👇 https://t.co/Z6fUrMcIRc
— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) January 15, 2021
Silverman made a joke saying that she was Chelsea Handler’s competition for winning over Cuomo’s heart. Christina Applegate tweeted out praise for the governor for acting “real.” Milano gushed over his “passionate leadership.”
I really hope @NYGovCuomo sees this awesome @RandyRainbow video from one great New Yorker to another (@chelseahandler you got competish) https://t.co/nms03dutck
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) April 6, 2020
What’s been the nicest thing about self-quarantining? Getting to know @NYGovCuomo and all his goodness. I decided to put my thoughts on paper. You can read it on @voguemagazine. pic.twitter.com/c3gqta9UIh
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) March 31, 2020
While oblivious celebrities cooed and poured the love on for Cuomo, the public increasingly spoke up against him.
This was only 2 months ago.
Every single one of these phony celebrities should be ashamed to the point of publicly denouncing this man for the needless deaths he & his team hid.
But I suppose this will be memory-holed.#LiberalPrivilege pic.twitter.com/gQhiTakWZd
— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) February 14, 2021
Actress Rose McGowan spoke on Cuomo’s scandals with Fox News. “Celebrities don’t have to speak out on Cuomo,” she said. “But I mean, yeah, obviously if they supported him then they should — but that’s not a shock. I never expected any of them to.” That was after Lindsey Boylan, Cuomo’s top aide and first accuser, spoke up. McGowan says she believes Boylan and has called for Cuomo’s ouster.
As New York State Attorney General Letitia James moves forward with her investigation, Hollywood for the most part is still silent on Cuomo.
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