In the last two months, celebrities have continued to spew their political views in public – some at rallies, others during awards shows, and they are usually pretty rude, condescending, or obnoxious in the process.
They have yet to learn that most of the nation are not interested in hearing their political views – we just want to watch them act on a screen or sing a song.
Most of these celebrities continue to have a case of Sour Grapes over Donald Trump winning the 2016 presidential election, and I’ve grown tired of their whiny, cry-baby rants. (I myself am neither fully for or against Trump.)
Here is the latest round-up of news stories of celebrities who have been pitching fits about Trump (or Republicans or conservative policies) the last few months (there are so many of these types of stories, it’s hard for me to keep up):
Celebrities have been protesting Donald Trump’s administration regularly since the inauguration. This week, transgender issues have been the focus of their energy.
Oscar-nominated foreign filmmakers speak out against ‘climate of fanaticism’ by Oliver Gettell, February 24, 2017
Excerpt (followed by comments by me below):
The six directors behind this year’s Oscar contenders for best foreign-language film have released a joint statement denouncing a “climate of fanaticism and nationalism” in the U.S. and around the world, while calling for unity and freedom of expression.
“The fear generated by dividing us into genders, colors, religions, and sexualities as a means to justify violence destroys the things that we depend on — not only as artists but as humans: the diversity of cultures, the chance to be enriched by something seemingly ‘foreign’ and the belief that human encounters can change us for the better,” the statement says. “These divisive walls prevent people from experiencing something simple but fundamental: from discovering that we are all not so different.”
Signed by Asghar Farhadi (The Salesman), Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann), Martin Zandvliet (Land of Mine), Hannes Holm (A Man Called Ove), and Bentley Dean and Martin Butler (Tanna), the statement asserts, “We want this award to stand as a symbol of the unity between nations and the freedom of the arts.”
The foreign-language Oscar has taken on an increased political dimension this year in response to President Trump’s hard-line stance on immigration and “America first” approach to foreign policy.
Do you know who divides people into groups, based on gender, sexuality, colors, etc? That would be LIBERALS. Not right wingers, not conservatives, not Republicans, not even Trump.
Yes, left wingers and most Democrats are into something called “identity politics,” where they insist we all note the skin color, religion, sexual preferences, genders, and so on, of everyone.
Right wingers do not engage in this behavior, by and large, so I am at a loss to understand why these movie directors are accusing the American government (I presume they mean the Trump administration?) of this.
About the only exception to this, which is entirely understandable, and it’s common sense:
Right wingers are not generally in favor of allowing biological males into a woman’s restroom or changing room, to keep girls and women safe: there have been many news stories in the last few years of CIS men taking advantage of relaxed rules regarding gender and women’s rooms in order to sexually assault girls and women.
Other than that, right wingers are not into dividing people based on gender, skin color, and so forth. That would be left wingers who engage in that behavior.
‘Stranger Things’ Actor Vows ‘We Will Punch Some People in the Face!’ to Wild Applause – by K. Townsend, Jan 2017
During the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on TBS Sunday night, a strange call to violence was issued by actor David Harbour as he accepted the award for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series for Stranger Things. Mind you, the stars of this Netflix series are children.
He began by calling on his fellow actors to “cultivate a more empathetic and understanding society,” but ended with a screaming call to “punch some people in the face” with “soul, heart, and joy.”
Flashing a defiant “rock on” symbol, actor Shia LaBeouf was released from police custody early Thursday after allegedly attacking a man at a livestreamed anti-President Trump protest in Queens.
“We will not be divided!” the volatile 30-year-old proclaimed around 3:45 a.m. outside the 114th Precinct, waving to a handful of supporters.
Shia LaBeouf vowed Donald Trump would not divide us, but the museum where he held the protest did — the 24/7 webcam has been shut down.
The Museum of the Moving Image in NYC says it turned off the cam mounted on one of its walls because it had become a “flashpoint for violence.” Shia was arrested on January 25 when he allegedly got physical with a protester who showed up to oppose the movement.
UPDATED: Jodie Foster was among the “United Voices” that spoke up against Donald Trump at UTA’s rally outside its Beverly Hills offices on Friday.
According to the Beverly Hills Police Department, more than 1,500 people people, including agents, clients, and supporters, gathered in the plaza to protest the Trump administration’s policies, including its recent travel restrictions on seven Muslim-majority countries. The agency canceled its annual Academy Awards party in protest of the ban and organized this event in its place.
“This is exactly the way to celebrate our industry and our commitment to humanity on and off screen,” Foster said. “I don’t do this very often, but this year is a different year, this is a singular time — it’s one to show up, time to engage. As the very dead Frederick Douglass once said, ‘any time is a good time for illumination.’”
Joss Whedon, the director and writer behind “The Avengers” and several other Hollywood films, on Friday night expressed his desire for a rhinoceros to “fuck” Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan “to death with its horn.”
Whedon, a very vocal Hollywood liberal who was an active Hillary Clinton supporter during the 2016 election, often tweets of his hatred for all things Republican. This appears to be the first time he has advocated for the death of a Republican, though Whedon said he did so “because it’s FUNNY.”
“Avengers” director Joss Whedon went after President Trump‘s daughter Ivanka Trump, likening her to a Pekingese dog, and called her husband Jared Kushner a “Voldemort in training.”
The filmmaker tweeted alongside a picture of Kushner, “Hey, keep your eyes on this f–king prize too. He’s a Voldemort in training, & unlike the Pekingese he married under, can play the long game.”
Fans immediately called out the self-proclaimed feminist Whedon for comparing Ivanka Trump to a breed of small, yappy dogs.
The angered Avengers director condemned the confirmation: “Rejecting DeVos was the GOP’s easiest way to say ‘Mr Prez, let’s take this slow, we got 4 yrs’. Instead they declared war on our children.”
And the whole fight against Donald Trump seems to have taken something out of Whedon, as he went on to tweet: “I think I’m broken. I never ran smooth but I think I’m really broken, I’m sorry, I was funny for a while, good times, please keep fighting.”
Dunham: Feminists Have ‘Work to Do’ ‘Enlightening’ White Women Who Voted for Trump – Feb 2017, by Kristine Marsh
Friday’s The View was even more unbearable to watch with the addition of feminist exhibitionist Lena Dunham to the panel. Of course Dunham talked about the election but not without condescendingly lecturing to the “white women” who voted for Trump to listen to their feminist elders who know better. Dunham also bashed these women as selfish and implied they had abusive male family members who made them tolerate Trump’s comments about women.
After host Jedediah Bila asked Dunham what her message to Trump voting women was, Dunham responded by explaining that these women were like rebellious “teenagers” and feminists like herself, were there to discipline them with the truth.
In an emotional speech on Saturday night, actress Meryl Streep doubled down on her harsh criticism of President Donald Trump, and spoke of becoming a target at the Golden Globes in January.
At a fundraising gala for the Human Rights Campaign, a national LGBT group, Streep referred to Trump’s tweet after her Globes speech, in which he called the celebrated actress “overrated.”
“Yes, I am the most overrated, over-decorated and currently, I am the most over-berated actress … of my generation,” Streep said.
by Christine Rousselle – Jan 2017
One of the celebrity speakers at Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington was singer Madonna. Staying rather true to her “Rebel Heart” persona, she did not hold back in her address to the crowd. In addition to thrice saying “f–k” live on television completely uncensored, she also admitted to having “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.”
….It’s one thing to say a few curse words for shock value, but let’s be honest: if anyone other than a celebrity said something about wanting to blow up the White House, Secret Service would be knocking on their door. Those kinds of comments are completely inappropriate to make–especially in light of the violence on Friday–and that kind of rhetoric isn’t something to just joke about.
Many of the women marching spoke out against “normalizing Trump.” We shouldn’t “normalize assassination” either.
A Texas radio station has decided to ban all Madonna songs from their airwaves because the singer has “shown un-American sentiments.”
HITS 105 said their decision to remove Madonna songs from their programming “indefinitely” came after the singer’s comments about “blowing up the White House” at the Women’s March on Saturday
“In addition to ‘F-bombs’ in her speech, Madonna talked about how upset the election results had made her including her now infamous…’Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House,’ comments,” HITS 105 said in astatement on their Facebook page.
Madonna has been banned from a radio station over her White House comments – Jan 2017, by Rosin O’Connor
Madonna’s music has been banned “indefinitely” from a Texas radio station following comments she made during the Women’s March.
The pop icon made a speech at the event in Washington, D.C, in front of an estimated crowd of 500,000 people, where she said that she had been angry after the election and thought “an awful lot about blowing up the White House”.
HITS 105, in Texarkana, Texas, issued a statement in response to her comments on Tuesday which said that her songs would be removed from its local programming “indefinitely”.
HITS 105 general manager Terry Thomas said: “Banning all Madonna songs at HITS 105 is not a matter of politics, it’s a matter of patriotism. It just feels wrong to us to be playing Madonna songs and paying her royalties when the artist has shown un-American sentiments.
Chelsea Handler took a swipe at Melania Trump, saying she wouldn’t interview the first lady because “she can barely speak English.”
Perhaps the comedian, who does not hold a college degree, should do her research first. The first lady speaks at least five languages, including English, French, Italian, German and Slovene.
As far as we can tell, Handler speaks but one.
The same day Chelsea Handler received backlashfor saying Melania Trump “can barely speak English,” the comedian took to Twitter to mock the first lady yet again.
“Blink if you need help @MELANIATRUMP,” Handler tweeted Tuesday night.
Fans did not take well to Handler’s tirade against Melania and shared their distaste for the “Chelsea” host’s comments about the first lady.
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The White House has issued a statement in response to the “Saturday Night Live” writer who mocked Donald Trump’s 10-year-old son Barron.
“It is a longstanding tradition that the children of Presidents are afforded the opportunity to grow up outside of the political spotlight,” the administration said in a statement Tuesday. “The White House fully expects this tradition to continue.”
…On the day of the inauguration, Katie Rich invoked a flood of angry tweets when she remarked that “Barron will be this country’s first homeschool shooter.”
The New York Times reported Monday afternoon that NBC has suspended Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich indefinitely for tweeting … well, what?
Reporter Dave Itzkoff failed to tell readers what Rich tweeted just minutes after Donald Trump was inaugurated as the nation’s 45th President on Friday. Instead, he vaguely described it as “a widely criticized post she made Friday on her personal Twitter account in which she mocked Barron Trump, the 10-year-old son of President Donald J. Trump.” That description required over 100 more characters than Rich’s offensive tweet contained. Itzkoff’s failure to quote is part of a trend.
According to LA Weekly, “illustrators from studios including Disney, Sony, Nickelodeon and DreamWorks have gotten together to collaborate on the picture book Not My President. A crowdfunding campaign is in progress, and proceeds will support the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and L.A. Justice Fund.”
The drawings are all too predictable: Trump as Fascist, Trump as diaper-clad infant, Trump supporters as racists. This is not high-brow political commentary. In fact, the article describes it as a “children’s book for adults.” Of course, take “adult” for what it’s worth.
“Is Meryl Streep in the audience tonight?” Black asked an audience of celebrities at a benefit concert in Los Angeles on Thursday night, warming up the crowd before diving into a song from “School of Rock.”
“I just hope she wins the Oscar and talks some more s**t about that asshole,” he added, with a reference to President Donald Trump that prompted cheers. The group assembled at Los Angeles’ No Name included director Paul Haggis, musicians Moby and Jenny Lewis, and actors Jeff Bridges, Rita Wilson and Jeremy Renner, per The Hollywood Reporter.
“A lot of people say, ‘Oh, that’s just liberals patting themselves on the back,’” Black said about the reaction to Streep’s comments, which inspired a couple tweets from the president himself.
“I don’t agree. I thought it took balls. Thought she was very brave. I was very inspired by it. To get up there and tell the truth about the president of the United States in front of a billion people — that takes courage, and it’s very inspiring.”
Things got political at Sunday’s 2017 BAFTA Awards.
Before the annual awards show even began, stars were vocal about the strained political situation in the U.S. after President Donald Trump was sworn into office last month. During the actual awards show, many winners and presenters took time to send out strong political messages.
President Donald Trump’s recent executive order forbidding members of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the US has been heavily protested by many around the world.
While performing in Adelaide, Australia, Bruce Springsteen added his voice to those speaking out against the recently inaugurated President’s latest controversial decision.
“Tonight, we want to add our voices to the thousands of Americans who are protesting at airports around our country the Muslim ban and the detention of foreign nationals and refugees,” Springsteen said.
The day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, celebrities from across the country took part in marches against him.
Performers like Amy Schumer, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Chelsea Handler and dozens others joined the Women’s March in Washington, D.C.; Park City, Utah; Los Angeles; Chicago and other cities to protest the president’s agenda.
Trump supporter Scott Baio was roughed up by protesters in DC on Friday night.
Witnesses said Baio was attacked as he arrived at the Liberty Ball with Fox Business star Charlie Gasparino.
A protester “called Scott a f–king fascist and lunged at him” before Gasparino pushed the protester away.
Later, another group of protesters approached Baio and wife Renee as they made their way to the Freedom Ball “and they had be extracted by the police.”
A rep for Baio didn’t get back to us Sunday night.
Former “Happy Days” star Scott Baio claims he was attacked while he was en route to the Liberty Ball following President Trump’s inauguration on Friday.
A protester allegedly called Baio a “fascist” and lunged at him, according to a tweet from Fox Business correspondent Charles Gasparino, who was with the sitcom star at the time. Gasparino also alleges that he witnessed senior Trump aide Kellyanne Conway involved at a fight at Liberty Ball.
In his Twitter feed, Baio also claims that someone threatened to throw urine on him and his wife Renee.
Former “Culture Club” front man Boy George took moment to stand up for now first lady Melania Trump while attending the Dior Homme Show in Paris Saturday night.
The show fell on the day after Donald Trump was sworn in as president and women’s marches were taking place across the United States and in other major cities like Paris.
“I was criticizing people this morning for attacking Melania and saying horrible things,” Boy George said of some protesters directing their various frustrations at the first lady.
George spoke specifically of people criticizing the former model for posing nude during her modeling career. “You know what, as somebody who has a past I think it’s really wrong and mean spirited of women to be so abusive,” the “Culture Club” singer said. “She looked amazing yesterday,” George said of Melania’s first day as first lady.
Michael Keaton is standing up against the Hollywood rebellion about President Donald Trump.
The “Founder” star was at A-list hot spot the Tower Bar in West Hollywood, Calif., on Saturday night.
Keaton got up to speak to Al Pacino and John Travolta, who were dining with Sunset Tower Hotel and Tower Bar owner Jeff Klein.
Keaton was overheard saying, “Enough with the Hollywood BS. I didn’t vote for him, but we’ve got to just give him a chance at this point . . .”
At the Women’s March today, Ashley Judd went off the rails while ranting against Donald Trump via some slam poetry (or something) and… well, see for yourself: