Seth Rogen Canceled A Radio Interview To Protest Steve Bannon's Show On The Same Channel
It was announced Thursday that former Donald Trump advisor and Breitbart chief Steve Bannon will return to host his old radio show on SiriusXM. The next day, Seth Rogen canceled a planned interview on Sirius XM in protest of the Bannon hire. Rogen is currently on a promotional tour for The Disaster Artist, the new film starring himself, James Franco and Dave Franco.
"I was supposed to do a press tour on @SIRIUSXM on teusday [sic] but I'm no longer doing it because I can't bring myself to appear on the same service that has decided to support Steve Bannon," Rogen tweeted. "Apologies to the shows I had to cancel."
"And f*ck Steve Bannon," the former Freaks and Geeks star added.
In addition to being a successful actor and writer, Rogen is an outspoken progressive and prominent Trump detractor. He occasionally trolls Trump supporters on Twitter and has, on several occasions, slid into Donald Trump Jr.'s DMs to confront him about Trump's conduct as president.
Bannon became a household name when Trump plucked him to manage his presidential campaign and, later, serve as a top advisor in the White House. The former chief of right-wing media site Breitbart, Bannon has been called a white nationalist due to the nature of Breitbart's news coverage and comments Bannon personally has made about race. Bannon publicly rejects the white nationalist label, although he has acknowledged that Breitbart was "a platform for the alt-right" under his leadership, and furthermore, that the alt-right has drawn support from bigots.
"Look, are there some people that are white nationalists that are attracted to some of the philosophies of the alt-right? Maybe," Bannon said in an interview with Mother Jones. "Are there some people that are anti-Semitic that are attracted? Maybe. Right? Maybe some people are attracted to the alt-right that are homophobes, right?"
Bannon also used to host Breitbart News Daily, a conservative radio show on SiriusXM, before he teamed up with Trump. As host of that show, he often spoke glowingly about The Camp of the Saints, a shockingly racist novel about people of color invading predominantly white countries and systematically destroying western civilization.
“It’s not a migration,” Bannon said on Sirius XM in January 2016 while discussing Muslim immigration to Europe. “It’s really an invasion. I call it the Camp of the Saints.”
Bannon joined Trump's campaign seven months later, and Trump soon hired him to serve as a top White House advisor. Although he stopped hosting his radio show during that period, Bannon left the White House in August, and Bloomberg reported Thursday that he'll be returning to Sirius XM to host his old radio show, where he'll cover the 2018 midterms and the 2020 presidential election. Shortly after this was reported, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean announced on Twitter that he won't be renewing his subscription to Sirius XM over the station's decision to hire Bannon.
Since leaving the White House, Bannon has continued to play an active role in Republican politics. Most notably, he endorsed Roy Moore over the GOP establishment's favored candidate, Luther Strange, in the Alabama Senate primary earlier in the year. Moore won that primary, but later was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old and initiating romantic contact with several other underaged girls (Moore denies all of the allegations). Bannon doubled-down on his support, and Trump himself endorsed Moore, twice, after the allegations were made public. A former spokesperson for Breitbart News announced Friday that he's switching parties and will now be a Democrat due to the Republican Party's support for Moore.
Though they disagree politically on just about everything, Bannon and Rogen do have at least one thing in common: They've both been known to register their opinions on Republican presidential candidates.
"F*ck you @realbencarson," Rogen tweeted to Ben Carson during the Republican presidential primary in 2015.