Celebrities Continue With Their Obnoxious Public Political Activism and Trump Derangement Syndrome: Spring 2017 Edition
Presenting a list of links from the March to May 2017 time frame of celebrities saying or doing politically obnoxious things, mostly about Trump, but also regarding other subjects. (Well at least links from April and May; I didn’t spot any news items from March in my collection of bookmarks.)
The month of May is not yet over. If any more liberal celebrities spout off with any more obnoxious comments, I will amend this post under the section of May to add the new links.
APRIL 2017 INSANITY
The director of The Avengers is one of Hollywood’s most vocal critics of the Trump administration. He did all he could to stop the real estate mogul from becoming president.
He directed the infamous “Save the Day” voter PSAs from 2016. Whedon leaned on his celebrity rolodex to caution voters against Trump. The star-studded ad featured Robert Downey, Jr., Don Cheadle, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo and other A-list actors.
It didn’t work, despite Whedon spending $1 million of his own cash to bankroll the videos.
Now, he uses Twitter to warn the masses about potential abuses of presidential power … and more. It hasn’t always gone smoothly.
He linked to a story about gay people reportedly being killed simply for their sexual preference.
[omit screen caps of Joss Whedon Tweets asserting or implying that Trump will have LGBT persons rounded up and killed]
For the record, Trump has been more open to the LGBT community than other GOP leaders. He reportedly appointed an openly gay man, Rick Grenell, as a NATO ambassador. He leans on adviser Peter Thiel, the openly gay co-founder of PayPal. And Trump told CBS late last year he was “fine” with same-sex marriage being legal in the U.S.
By Sarah Stites
April 20, 2017
Bruce Springsteen has had a busy week. After vacationing with Oprah, the Obamas and other celebrity guests aboard billionaire David Geffen’s yacht, the man of the people released a protest song calling Donald Trump a “conman.”
Following the inauguration, songwriter and Springsteen pal Joe Grushecky penned the tune as an act of resistance, titling it “That’s What Makes Us Great” (clearly intended to spoof Trump’s campaign slogan.) Then, he reached out to The Boss, who gave it the “Bruce treatment.”
Lyrics include: “Don’t you brag to me that you never read a book / I never put my faith in a conman and his crooks,” and “It’s up to me and you / Love can conquer hate / I know this to be true / That’s what makes us great.”
As an article published in Yahoo! News noted, Springsteen’s songs have “often told the plight of working-class Americans of the type who provided crucial support to Trump.” But the liberal singer is no fan of the president.
On November 7, the artist performed for a pre-election Clinton rally. Then, prior to the inauguration, he sang for a party commemorating the Obama administration.
Just over one year ago, Springsteen also made news for his adamant opposition to North Carolina’s HB2 bathroom bill, which has since been repealed and replaced.
“Avengers” director Joss Whedon used a picture of House Speaker Paul Ryan meeting with teenagers battling cancer to diss President Trump about his past comments disparaging women.
Ryan tweeted Thursday a picture of himself shaking hands with Wisconsin teenagers who are fighting cancer.
Whedon took the opportunity to mock the photo, pitching Ryan as a host of a game show, “White House Wife Hunt.”
After U.S. forces dropped “the mother of all bombs” on an ISIS tunnel complex in Afghanistan, Hollywood director Josh Fox railed against the decision to deploy the military’s largest non-nuclear device, which reportedly killed several dozen ISIS militants.
“Atrocity. Murder. Abomination. When will we learn that only love stops hate, and bombings only create more ISIS,” Fox wrote in a tweet.
“Love your enemy. Don’t create more of them. Teachers, diplomacy, culture and aid helps peace. Bombs don’t,” he added.
It seems as if Hollywood can’t get enough of comparing our president to a certain German 20th century dictator. Liberal director Ron Howard added his contribution Tuesday, revealing to The Daily Beast that Trump inspired a Nazi character in his new television series about Albert Einstein called “Genius.”
Howard told the liberal publication that the anti-semitism Einstein faced seemed to reflect upon the “current climate” in the U.S. The Daily Beast’s Kevin Fallon writes:
The team behind “Genius” is not only armed with talking points about this “warts and all”—a recurring phrase—approach to depicting Einstein, but also with an awareness of how the current political climate in the U.S. suddenly makes the series that they had scripted and filmed long before Donald Trump became president suddenly more relevant.
MAY 2017 INSANITY
…“The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c*ck holster,” Colbert said during his monologue on Monday night’s Late Show, during which he also called the president a “presi-dunce” and a “prick-tator.”
The joke elicited louder-than-usual laughs from Colbert’s studio audience; but the real reaction came later on social media, as thousands of viewers demanded that CBS penalize the late-night host for what they said was an anti-gay attack on the president, and the hashtag #FireColbert became a trending topic on Twitter.
Still, some celebrities leapt to the late-night host’s defense, including Star Trek actor George Takei, comedian Patton Oswalt, and actress Rosie O’Donnell.
…Actor Mark Ruffalo also appeared to lend his support to the embattled host by re-tweeting several messages Wednesday, including one that urged fellow users to make “#GiveColbertARaise” a trending topic.
by Kyle Drennen
May 3, 2017
After CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert launched into and vicious and vulgar tantrum against President Trump Monday night, the broadcast networks were initially silent on the controversy swirling around the left-wing comedian. However, that silence was broken Wednesday morning when NBC’s Today actually provided a full report on the backlash against the “crude” tirade.
Correspondent Stephanie Gosk began the segment by declaring: “It was the late night joke that left audiences shocked.” A soundbite followed of Colbert’s nasty attack on the President: “You talk like a sign language gorilla who got hit in the head. In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s [bleep] holster.” Gosk explained: “Stephen Colbert used a crude phrase while attacking President Trump during a 12-minute monologue Monday night. The comments received instant backlash online. The #FireColbert trending worldwide.”
…However, Gosk also highlighted how even fellow liberals were denouncing Colbert’s rant: “And it wasn’t just Trump supporters blasting the late night host, some called the comments anti-gay.” The reporter read a tweet blasting the late night host:“Colbert explicitly mocks gay intimacy with the cover of mocking Trump. This is hate speech.” The headline on-screen read: “Colbert’s ‘Homophobic’ Trump Joke?; Comic in Hot Water Over Attack on President.”
I have to give Miley Cyrus some credit on this – she sounds as though she’s willing to give Trump a chance and is not a frothing- at- the- mouth, knee-jerk reactionary, like so many other left wing celebrities are-
Pop superstar Miley Cyrus has revealed she has quit smoking marijuana in preparation for the release of her next album later this year.
“This is crazy, but I haven’t smoked weed in three weeks!” Cyrus told Billboard in a wide-ranging interview for the magazine’s May cover story.
…On her new album, Cyrus dedicates one song to Hillary Clinton — whom she went door-to-door for during the election — and recorded another for women in the workplace.
The Grammy-nominated singer, who initially supported Senator Bernie Sanders for president, has also apparently evolved politically, and says was inspired by her successful stint as co-host on NBC’s The Voice to reach beyond her close circle of “outspoken liberals.”
“I like talking to people that don’t agree with me, but I don’t think I can do that in an aggressive way,” Cyrus says. “I don’t think those people are going to listen to me when I’m sitting there in nipple pasties, you know?”
…After the election, Cyrus posted an emotional video message to Facebook congratulating Donald Trump on his unprecedented victory over Clinton.
“Donald Trump, I accept you,” she said, “and this hurts to say, but I even accept you as the president of the United States, and that’s fine … because I think now I want to be hopeful.”
On Wednesday evening, celebrity Chrissy Teigen took to Twitter with complaints of jaw ache, and quickly noted where culpability for the ailment lay.
“So f—king tired of this manically insane, incompetent president and this dumpster fire administration I’m gonna have to go on another med,” the model wrote.
“That is not a joke. I think I need to either up my dosage or talk to my doctor to ‘see what works for me’ when the world explodes,” she continued.
After having a tooth-shaving procedure to ameliorate the effects of anxiety-induced grinding, the celeb commented: “I blame trump [sic].”
“I also had Botox in my jaw muscle to relieve tension from constantly clinching,” she added. “I was not like this before. Pay my bill, POS POTUS.”
The model is not the only Hollywood star to seek medical attention in order to cope with the Trump administration. On November 17, The Hollywood Reporter noted that L.A. psychiatrists and therapists had seen an uptick in patients.
Then the former View cohost referenced her long-running feud with President Donald Trump.
“Why am I here, truthfully?” she said. “Well, first of all, I’m still vertical after Satan won. That to me is a major accomplishment for someone who suffers from major depressive disorder.”
O’Donnell also took a photo of the audience members who gave her a standing ovation when she took the stage. “A lot of people have been saying that I never leave my house and that I spend all of my time tweeting mean s–t about 45,” she said. Then she jokingly wrote a text to Trump from the stage: “‘F–k you, Donald. From the gays.’ Sent!”
Ellen DeGeneres told “Today” show host Matt Lauer in an interview aired Friday that she has no desire to host President Trump on her daytime talk show because he goes against “everything” she stands for.
by J. Kurtz
Some of Hollywood’s most high-profile stars — including Alec Baldwin, Zoe Saldana, Julianne Moore, Sally Field, Mark Ruffalo, and Michael Moore — are calling on Congress and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to create an independent commission and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate ties between Russia and President Trump’s presidential campaign.
by K. Jerkovich
May 17, 2017
Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin and tons of other anti-Trump celebrities singed a letter Wednesday pleading for a special prosecutor and an independent commission to investigate allegations of President Donald Trump’s campaign’s ties to Russia.
The letter was sent just hours before former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel by the Department of Justice to head the FBI investigation into any alleged connection between Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Russian government.
“It is time to put country before political party,” the letter read, according to the Hill. “The founders of our nation intended to ensure that no one branch of government could supersede the authority of the others and that no individual, not even the president, would be above the law. Today, we fear the bedrock principles of our democracy are being put to the test in ways unlike any others in our nation’s history.”
“Donald Trump’s actions over the past week have put our country on a path toward a constitutional crisis,” it added. “It is the unanimous opinion of out nation’s top intelligence agencies that Russian actors interfered with the presidential election. Getting to the bottom of this interference can not and should not be a partisan matter. We ask that you put country before party to ensure that the integrity and well-being of our nation and its people remain your top priority, as they should.”
The letter was also signed by tons of left-leaning groups including MoveOn.org, American Civil Liberties Union, and EMILY’s List.