Rosanna Arquette and Alyssa Milano shared similar reproaches from the CPAC 2021 event and Hyatt, the hotel chain that hosted it, amid a wave of controversy over stage design.
Both actresses pushed forward a conspiracy theory by claiming that the CPAC set design resembled a hate symbol known as a Norse rune, which appeared on Nazi uniforms.
Arquette, 61, disparaged Hyatt and predicted boycotts were coming in the near future for the hotel chain.
“Hello Hyatt hotels. Highly inclusive, does not mean welcoming people who are NOT, hosting a Nazi fascist convention is the antithesis of inclusion. You have made a serious error in judgment. The impending boycotts that you will feel for years to come”, Arquette wrote in a tweet.
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Left-wing activist Milano, 48, shared a comparative photo of the CPAC stage under a Nazi uniform.
“This is the stage at CPAC. THEY ARE NEVER TRYING TO HIDE IT ANYMORE. @Hyatt, this is what’s happening in your building. @Tedcruz, you stood on this stage,” Milano wrote on Instagram.
The three-day event, of which Fox Nation is a sponsor, was held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Florida, and featured a host of prominent Republican speakers, from lawmakers and former administration officials to President Donald Trump.
Last week, the #boycottHyatt hashtag began to spread on social media after users learned that Hyatt would host the conservative event, which some people alleged the company was backing by allowing it to happen at one of its properties.
At the time, a Hyatt spokesperson told FOX Business in an emailed statement that their primary goal was to provide a safe and inclusive environment for their colleagues, guests and clients.
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When critics began pushing the Nazi conspiracy theory on social media, Hyatt said in a statement that the Conservative Union of America, which organizes and manages the event, “manages all aspects of event logistics, including the design and the aesthetics of the stage “.
“We spoke directly with ACU leaders, who told us that any resemblance to a hate symbol is unintentional,” the statement continued.
On Monday, representatives of the Conservative Union of America chose words for the leadership of Hyatt Hotels after the hotel chain claimed that the ACU had “belittled and defamed” it.
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Matt Schlapp, president of the Conservative Union of America, told Fox News that the political group intends to defend itself, as it says Hyatt Hotels “gave in to the lies of canceling bodybuilders on the left” amid the controversy.
Schlapp said that because CPAC is such an “effective” platform, he expected critics on the other side of the aisle to target the event “in an attempt to cancel us,” but the Conservative Union of America did not expect to defend itself against what it perceives. as attacks from the company you worked with to organize the event.
“Contrary to Hyatt’s own mission statement of inclusion, your company just attacked its own customer by giving in to pressure from politically motivated social media agitators seeking to destroy CPAC, our attendees and speakers from across the globe. country, and the millions of Americans who support our work, “said David Safavian, general counsel of the Conservative Union of America, in a statement.
In another statement, the group said that had it recognized “potential” hate symbolism it would have proactively addressed it. However, he said he “allowed the event to continue” after CPAC organizers assured them that any resemblance was totally unintentional.
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Schlapp, who refers to the allegations as “absurd,” said event organizers had been working with Hyatt on a coordinated public response, but claims the company waited until CPAC was done to break their understanding and “disparage” us as a way to try. to “win the favor of the canceling bodybuilders on the left.”
“We are going to defend our honor and our character and it is simply absurd to accuse this conference and our organization of being anti-Semitic when we had the [U.S. ambassador] speak to Israel from that stage, “Schlapp said, adding that there were also standing Jewish religious services that the hotel helped facilitate.
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Safavian’s letter said the conservative group collaborated with Hyatt Hotels and subcontractors throughout the planning process, including set design, and noted that no one from the company raised concerns during that time.
Brittany De Lea of Fox News contributed to this report.