Nicole Kidman offered a message not often heard from the Hollywood elite: Americans need to support President-elect Donald Trump.
She was speaking with Victoria Derbyshire of BBC Two, promoting the based-on-a-true-story film “Lion,” which she described as a “love letter … to mothers and children.” In it, she portrays an Australian woman who, with her husband, adopts a lost Indian boy named Saroo.
During the interview, Derbyshire brought up Kidman’s dual Australian and American citizenship and noted the actress voted in the U.S. election.
“I’m always reticent to start sort of commenting politically,” Kidman began. “I’ve never done it in terms of America, or Australia. I’m issue-based.”
Then she continued, “I just say he’s now elected and we as a country need to support whoever’s the president because that’s what the country’s based on. However that happened, he’s there, and let’s go. ”
After these remarks, she quickly discussed two topics — same-sex marriage and women’s health care and equality.
She said the former should be legal in Australia. On the latter, she said, “I’m very, very committed to women’s issues in terms of I do a lot of fundraising for U.N. Women and I do a lot of traveling for them. I also do an enormous amount of fundraising for breast and ovarian cancer, because that’s something that’s affected my family deeply. So they’re my issues that I’m very attached to.”
Kidman quickly came under fire on social media.
“I think it’s time for Nicole Kidman to move to Russia,” tweeted one user. “Nicole Kidman married Tom Cruise who is a Scientologist. Her advice is the last thing America needs!” tweeted another. “Would you follow Hitler, just because he has a title?” asked one user.
Nicole Kidman: Americans need to support Trump
Americans: We just lost our healthcare!
Nicole Kidman: Me? Tonight I’m wearing Dior.
— Pretty Lil’ Pinko (@KelseyFGold) January 13, 2017
Her comments are a sharp departure from the rhetoric most celebrities have used since Trump’s surprise victory over Hillary Clinton.
Most recently, Meryl Streep used her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes as a semi-political vehicle, espousing the virtues of a “principled press” and condemning the powerful who use bullying as a means of control. She never once mentioned Trump’s name while clearly speaking about him, bringing up “the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitat[ing] a disabled reporter.”
“And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing,” Streep said.
Bruce Springsteen, who in reference to Trump had previously told Rolling Stone “The republic is under siege by a moron,” recently gave a far-reaching interview on the popular podcast “WTF with Marc Maron.” In it, he wondered aloud if Trump “is simply competent enough to do this particular job.”
Speaking about Trump’s election, Springsteen warned, “When you let that genie out of the bottle — bigotry, racism, intolerance … they don’t go back in the bottle that easily if they go back in at all. Whether it’s a rise in hate crimes, people feeling they have license to speak and behave in ways that previously were considered un-American and are un-American. That’s what he’s appealing to. My fears are that those things find a place in ordinary, civil society.”
Some celebrities didn’t wait quite so long to attack the president-elect. “West Wing” and “Social Network” screenwriter Aaron Sorkin published a letter in Vanity Fair addressed to his ex-wife Julia and his 15-year-old daughter Roxy the day after the election. In it, he called Trump “an incompetent pig with dangerous ideas, a serious psychiatric disorder, no knowledge of the world and no curiosity to learn,” then wrote simply, “This is truly horrible.”
As The Washington Post reported:
It was full of sharp language and vitriol (at one point, he called the president-elect a certain type of “nozzle” that can’t be printed here; at another, he stated Trump will be impeached within the year), despite the magazine labeling it as “moving.”
That said, there have been a few celebrities who have urged Americans to give Trump a chance, even if he wasn’t their first pick for the presidency.
We all need to give President-Elect Trump a chance. Support the good. Lobby against what we disagree on. No one is bigger than us all
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) November 9, 2016
While accepting the Trevor Hero Honoree Award at the annual fundraiser for the Trevor Project, a nonprofit organization focused on suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth, Kelly Osbourne said to the audience, “We have to give him a chance. And we do it by spreading love, not hate.”
Mirroring this, BET founder Bob Johnson said, “Let’s give him a shot. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and see if we can find common ground. That is what’s best for African Americans.”
Finally, some have outright supported Trump, such as former NBA star Dennis Rodman, who told Black Press USA, “We don’t need another politician, we need a businessman like Trump.”
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