Broadway legend Patti LuPone has drawn harsh criticism for an attack on Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, insinuating that he is gay.
‘Lindsey Graham you are a disgrace. On a personal note, why don’t you just bite the bullet and come out. You might just come to your senses,’ LuPone tweeted on Thursday.
LuPone, who won a Tony in 2008 for her leading role in the musical Gypsy, drew swift backlash from critics who called her remark ‘homophobic’.
‘Wow! Patti LuPone is homophobic! Who knew?’ one Twitter user commented.
‘I’m guessing twitter won’t consider this homophobic because it’s directed at a republican,’ another wrote.
Graham, a lifelong bachelor, has flatly denied rumors that he is gay in the past.
‘To the extent that it matters, I’m not gay,’ Graham said in October, responding to a tweet from comedian Chelsea Handler implying that he was gay.
Graham, a close ally of President Donald Trump who golfed with him over the weekend, has remained a staunch defender in Trump’s recent battle with Rep. Ilhan Omar and her ‘squad’ of freshman Congresswomen.
Nevertheless, Graham advised Trump to ‘aim higher’ during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s ‘Fox & Friends,’ even as he accused the four Democrats of being ‘anti-Semitic’ and ‘anti-American.’