After Meryl Streep decided to give a political performance at the Golden Globes, other Hollywood celebrities followed up by expressing their feelings about the incoming Trump administration. Last week, actresses Nicole Kidman and Zoe Saldana articulated reasonable observations concerning the treatment of Donald Trump.
“He’s now elected and we, as a country, need to support whoever is the president, because that’s what the country is based on,” Kidman said in a BBC interview. “However that happened, he’s there and let’s go.”
Although it was not an outright endorsement of the president-elect, Kidman’s comments were a call to the American people to acknowledge the importance of respecting the presidential office regardless of who is appointed.
Kidman received significant criticism for her statement, and many have called for a boycott of her work.
“I was trying to stress that I believe in democracy and the American Constitution, and it was that simple,” she told Access Hollywood.
Similarly, Star Trek and Guardians of the Galaxy star Zoe Saldana took heat for criticizing her colleagues at Hollywood, in an AFP interview.
“We [Hollywood] got cocky and became arrogant, and we also became bullies,” she said. “If we have people continue to be strong and educate ourselves and stand by equal rights and treat everyone with respect, we won’t go back…”
That is rather introspective and reasonable.
During the primaries, other actors made comparable comments about the Republican candidate. Captain America’s Anthony Mackie praised Trump’s will to succeed in an interview with BET.
“I would 100 percent want to run Trump’s campaign. 100 percent,” Mackie said. “I mean, first that’ll be the best party ever when he won, and second, Trump’s an easy sell… When you look at Trump, he’s an easy sell because you can sell him as the guy who worked his way up from nothing. And I think if you’re a ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ candidate, people would identify with that.”
Mackie immediately backtracked to make clear that he did not endorse Trump.
Hollywood celebrities generally like to portray themselves as inclusive and tolerant. However, they use their status to bully their patrons as well as their peers. Moreover, as soon as they hear something that may oppose a strongly held position, they pounce mercilessly. Ironically, those they claim to defend, in this case, a female Latino-American, a male African-American, and a female Australian-American, are now targets of the bigotry Hollywood says it detests. Hollywood should not claim to support women and minorities while dismissing how some of those groups choose to express themselves.
The Left is proving, yet again, that it does not advocate for intellectual diversity. The longer Hollywood dictates what people should think, the further out of touch it will remain.