Last week, in an interview with Esquire Magazine, Clint Eastwood said he would be supporting Donald Trump.
Meryl Streep is taking the higher road. In an interview with Variety, she discussed Trump, Clinton and Eastwood. She’s fully onboard with Hillary Clinton and she wants to have a sit down with her friend Eastwood. She also didn’t have particularly flattering words to say about Trump’s followers. In fact, what she described could have easily applied to Germany in the 30s.
“When you get a lot of people in a group, it can go good or it can go bad in a way that [overrides] each individual person,” the 67-year-old star told the outlet. “The aggregate of everybody’s emotion, it’s such a powerful thing. You can see it in the Trump rallies, where people I just know, in their living rooms, would be better people, are driven to the worst possibilities by the bloodlust in a crowd. It just gets ginned up and they’re outside of themselves. They’re behaving as a larger unit, not just themselves.”
As for Eastwood, she’s surprised by the actor/director with whom she made the 1995 film “The Bridges of Madison County.” She knows he’s conservative, but she had no idea he’d support such an asshole. Okay, she didn’t use that word, but that’s the gist.
“I didn’t know that,” Streep says, visibly surprised, choosing her words carefully. “I’ll have to speak to him. I’ll have to correct that! I’m shocked. I really am. Because he’s more — I would have thought he would be more sensitive than that.”
As for the constant criticism toward Hollywood figures who dare express political opinions, she feels it’s her duty:
“We have a lot of work to do,” she says, before admitting that — despite the Clint Eastwoods out there — she expects a deep pragmatist streak in the American populace to push Clinton to victory with room to spare.
“If you’re an actor and all you do, all you’re interested in, are people and their contradictions and their possibilities, good and bad, you can feel what they say about appealing to the angels of our better nature,” she says. “I think there is a reckoning. People will go — or their wives will go — ‘You know what? This is crazy. It’s too tricky. We’re not going to gamble with our children’s future.’”
Apparently, Clint Eastwood wants to gamble with his children’s future, not that his children will ever felt the effects of poverty, or have to live under minimum wage, or will ever be profiled by police based on skin color, or will ever live under the threat of being deported. Eastwood is the definition of white male privilege, and while Streep doesn’t suffer, at least she has some idea what it’s like to be face challenges in a male dominated world like Hollywood. She knows that Clinton is the smarter choice in every single aspect. Hopefully, she can talk some sense into her former collaborator.
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