Texas Sen. Ted Cruz — a politician known for his orthodox beliefs and love of debate rather than his sense of humor — attempted some humor on Twitter on Wednesday after Disney announced it would donate $5 million to help rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Other users were not pleased.
“You’re almost as funny as you are creepy,” one replied to him.
Another user, who identified themselves as a native Parisian, wrote, “Just wanted to let you know the stained glass was spared by the fire (as you can see from this picture taken after the disaster). But now that I am here, I realise that you would make a perfect gargoyle.”
Wrote another, “…dude…I know you’re trying to raise your charisma to something better than soggy toast, but this…this ain’t the way to do it.”
Notre Dame, a global icon that sits at the heart of France, was gutted by a blaze Monday evening that destroyed its centuries-old roof and spire. Its structure, however, survived as did many (but not all) of the artworks and religious artifacts inside.
In the days since the blaze — which is reportedly believed to have been accidental as the church was undergoing significant renovations — more than $1 billion has been pledged to help the cathedral be reconstructed.
That generosity gave rise to a related discussion, as some wondered why other damaged places of worship had not received similar support. The generosity spread outward.
For example, thousands have been inspired to donate to the repair of three historically black churches recently burned in Louisiana in a sting of hate crimes.