Kenneth Cole, Josh Gad and Other Celebs React to Tom Cruise's COVID Rant: 'Please Come Yell at America'

Celebrities and other notable Twitter users are offering witty and insightful commentary on a recording of actor Tom Cruise berating the London crew of the upcoming action film Mission: Impossible 7 for not following guidelines meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In the recording, Cruise, who is also the film's producer, threatened to fire any crew members who continue to disregard guidelines, yelling at them for potentially risking hundreds of jobs and livelihoods if the film's production was shutdown due to an outbreak.

He swore several times and shouted throughout his nearly two-and-a-half minute rant.

Full audio of Tom Cruise going off pic.twitter.com/sDsFNwFwNm

— Culture Crave 🍿 (@CultureCrave) December 16, 2020

After hearing Cruise's rant, actor Josh Gad wrote on Twitter, "Tom Cruise is correct here FYI. Sorry/Not sorry."

Tom Cruise is correct here FYI. Sorry/Not sorry.

— Josh Gad (@joshgad) December 16, 2020

Designer Kenneth Cole wrote, "'I want the truth'. 'You can't handle the truth'. -A few good men. Tom Cruise", quoting Cruise and actor Jack Nicholson's famous exchange from the 1992 military drama.

“I want the truth”. “You can’t handle the truth “. -A few good men. Tom Cruise https://t.co/7Z4cUPM617

— Kenneth Cole (@kennethcolereal) December 16, 2020

TV writer and former Simpsons showrunner Mike Scully wrote, "Dear Tom Cruise, Please come yell at America."

Dear Tom Cruise, Please come yell at America.

— Mike Scully (@scullymike) December 16, 2020

Comedian Matt Fernandez wrote, "I love the Tom Cruise audio. Not because I think that's the right way to talk to people. It's just nice to finally hear an unhinged white person who's PRO-mask."

I love the Tom Cruise audio. Not because I think that's the right way to talk to people. It's just nice to finally hear an unhinged white person who's PRO-mask.

— Matt Fernandez (@FattMernandez) December 16, 2020

Actress Bethany Anne Lind wrote, "I don't think it's for anyone to judge an out-of-context 'rant.' But someone screaming at people (with the pretense of others losing their homes - when you could pay your entire crew their yearly rent without batting an eye) is gonna be triggering for some."

She continued, "That being said... I for sure hollered in the privacy of my home tonight about someone not present and their decisions that affect me and the decisions I make during a pandemic and I would NOT want it to be shared."

That being said... I for sure hollered in the privacy of my home tonight about someone not present and their decisions that affect me and the decisions I make during a pandemic and I would NOT want it to be shared. If you’ve gotten through this without hollering...were you awake?

— Bethany Anne Lind (@LindBethanyAnne) December 16, 2020
Tom Cruise COVID rant recording crew Mission:Impossible
On Tuesday, a recording surfaced of Tom Cruise berating crew members of Mission: Impossible 7 crew members for not following COVID-19 prevention guidelines. In this July 13, 2018 photo, Cruise attends the UK Premiere of 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' at the BFI IMAX in London, England. John Phillips/Paramount Pictures

Abbi Crutchfield, host of the upcoming Hulu talk show Up Early Tonight, wrote, "In all fairness when I see someone with their mask below their nose at the post office I become Tom Cruise."

In all fairness when I see someone with their mask below their nose at the post office I become Tom Cruise.

— Abbi Crutchfield (@curlycomedy) December 16, 2020

Director Morgan J. Freeman wrote, "I'm fine with Tom Cruise's desire for safe Covid protocols on set but I'm not okay with his abusive Scientology-based Messiah complex where he truly believes he's the second f*cking coming of Christ."

I’m fine with Tom Cruise’s desire for safe Covid protocols on set but I’m not okay with his abusive Scientology-based Messiah complex where he truly believes he’s the second fucking coming of Christ. pic.twitter.com/fTMAoO7CTi

— Morgan J. Freeman (@mjfree) December 16, 2020

Daily Beast editor-at-large, Molly Jong-Fast, wrote, "Tom cruise can be both good on covid restrictions and a terrifying Scientologist."

Tom cruise can be both good on covid restrictions and a terrifying Scientologist.

— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) December 16, 2020

Author Douglas Karr wrote, "People cheering @TomCruise - making ungodly sums, hiring subcontractors with no benefits, no profit sharing, getting tax breaks, and protected as an 'essential' business Man facepalming - terrorizing his crew that he's 'saving' the industry... is a great end to 2020. People love tyrants."

TV writer Gennifer Hutchison wrote, "Y'all. Tom Cruise will be totally fine, even though I -- someone with zero power over him, who he does not even know -- said it's not cool to scream at the crew. No need to twist yourself in knots defending him to me. You're still allowed to like his movies, or even him, k?"

Y'all. Tom Cruise will be totally fine, even though I -- someone with zero power over him, who he does not even know -- said it's not cool to scream at the crew. No need to twist yourself in knots defending him to me. You're still allowed to like his movies, or even him, k?

— Gennifer Hutchison (@GennHutchison) December 16, 2020

Finally, New York Magazine writer Yashar Ali composed a long thread calling out Cruise's membership in the Church of Scientology.

"Please remember as you're praising the audio of Tom Cruise yelling at crew members who don't follow Covid restrictions that he's the chief enabler of a criminal organization that has destroyed people's lives, bankrupted and separated families, led to people being imprisoned, forced women to have abortions against their will, led people to die after being forced to follow dangerous pseudoscience, led former members to be chased all over the country/world by private investigators... And those are just the broader issues....Tom Cruise is evil," Ali wrote.

8. While you're praising Tom Cruise for his fake COVID rant, Scientology is forcing people to disconnect from their psychiatrists & critical medication. People who have severe depression, schizophrenia, etc are suffering under Scientology thanks to Tom Cruise and David Miscavige.

— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) December 16, 2020

Newsweek contacted Cruise's agent for comment.