Published Jan 16, 2017Anyone who follows Judd Apatow on Twitter knows how the producer feels about president-elect Donald Trump, and — spoiler alert — it's not great. In addition to his constant stream of tweets, retweets and personal political commentary condemning Trump's actions, Apatow recently sat down with the New York Times to discuss just how much the incoming president has consumed his brain.
He jokingly takes responsibility for Trump running, after co-writing a Celebrity Apprentice joke with Jon Lovett for the 2011 White House Correspondents' dinner (an event that absolutely roasted the reality star-turned-president, and some think may have lit a fire under his butt to actually join the race) — but he's definitely not endorsing the guy.
In fact, Apatow remarked that the impending presidency is testing his ability to stay in shape. "I'm trying so hard to have it not turn into 30 pounds," he told the newspaper. "I think it tests our ability to not want to numb out. There's so many things that are hard to hear every day that you do want to have some Oreos. Like people say, what do you invest in during the Trump era? I feel like, Hostess Cakes. Most of us are just scared and eating ice cream."
He also shared his thoughts and fears on how the Donald's TV track record could translate into the White House. "I watched an enormous amount of The Apprentice," he admits. "Donald Trump sits in his office. He sends his kids to watch the teams do their missions. Then they come back and tell him what they think of it and then he makes an impulsive decision based on the information that Donald Jr. or Ivanka give him. That's how he's running the country."
The producer concluded by urging Americans to tackle the next four years "issue by issue," making the leap from social media — where he claims "you see an article about a disease and retweet it and think 'It's cured now!' And you've fooled yourself into thinking that you've done something productive" — to actual, tangible activism.
"I'm trying to transition from making comments on social media to choosing one or two organizations to work with and support so that I feel like I'm actually being a positive part of the process," he said. "You don't want to be a crank."
Read the complete interview with the New York Times here.
This is what you do when you are going to be bad. You keep the press away. https://t.co/D0kD3pv2tu— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) January 15, 2017
Will Trump run to him through a field of daisies with open arms? https://t.co/7l1cw6VIY4— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) January 14, 2017