Sarandon opens up old wounds by calling feminists "shrill," criticizing Clinton and Obama, and even laughing about the Weinstein scandal.
Susan Sarandon didn't hesitate to revive old political beefs in a new interview, claiming that Hillary Clinton would have taken us to war by now if she'd beaten Donald Trump in the 2016 election, and a few Hollywood colleagues clapped right back.
The "Thelma & Louise" star angered Trump critics, feminists and Hollywood liberals in general in her latest chat about politics, particularly when she said "I don't mind that quote" when asked if she really thought Hillary was worse than Trump.
"I did think she was very, very dangerous. We would still be fracking, we would be at war [if she was president]. It wouldn't be much smoother. Look what happened under Obama that we didn't notice."
Sarandon was a vehement critic of Clinton during the 2016 election, throwing her support behind Bernie Sanders and then switching to Green candidate Jill Stein when Sanders wasn't nominated in the Democratic primary. She drew a considerable amount of heat for suggesting that Trump's election would "bring the revolution immediately," and later said he'd made voters more "awake." Many Hillary supporters accused Sarandon of speaking from a position of wealth and privilege that shielded her from the worst of the Trump Administration.
The actress took a shot at the feminist movement in her Guardian interview, calling their angry protests "shrill" and "counterproductive."
"Women had a right to be angry, and to feel empowered. But that was just one glimpse of a fairly emotional and strident definition, and there was a period when young women didn’t want that label. [Now] it's come back, and it's gotten warped, especially with the election, where if you're a woman you have to support Hillary Clinton."
She also went into risky territory on the Harvey Weinstein scandal, acknowledging that people saying "That's just Harvey" perpetuated his predatory behavior, but also appearing to laugh the situation off.
"Now, I'm sure there's a lot of men who were much smoother at seducing than James Toback and Harvey Weinstein, who a lot of women felt very flattered to be sleeping with, even if they didn't get the job. There's just a culture, starting in the '60s and '70s, where there was a certain amount of liberation that made it possible for those things to happen without even seeing yourself as a victim."
Sarandon's critics were quick to denounce her latest comments on Twitter -- many of them pointing out that we already are at war with no end in sight:
Yes @SusanSarandon ...thank God we dodged that bullet. Phew. America couldn’t be in better hands.— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 27, 2017
Oh for the love of God. https://t.co/DpSq5POjIj— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) November 26, 2017
The way you ding-dongs feel about women being ghostbusters now ruining your childhood memories of the movie Ghostbusters is how I️ feel about Susan Sarandon being Susan Sarandon now and forever ruining Thelma & Louise for me.— JEN KIRKMAN (@JenKirkman) November 26, 2017
Yes, if you click, you will hate yourself -- but largely because it's several hundred words of Susan Sarandon calling feminists "strident bitches" and "emotional" and talking about how important it is to "include men" https://t.co/lqfsG7uYjF— Sady Doyle (@sadydoyle) November 26, 2017
Susan Sarandon is...— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) November 27, 2017
- not a feminist
- unbothered by Hollywood sexual harassment
- and still convinced Hillary Clinton would have been more dangerous than Trump
My god, she’s Phyllis Schlaffley! https://t.co/lY9EF9vFgj
Ive been rough on @SusanSarandon limousine liberalism, but after reading her latest interview, apologies. She says if hlllary was prez, we “would be at war.” Susan...we are at war. Have been for 16 yrs. So my apology: Ur not a self righteous hypocrite. Ur dumb as a bag of bricks.— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) November 26, 2017
Susan Sarandon has turned into the James Woods of the Left.— Kevin Allred (@KevinAllred) November 27, 2017
Note well defenders of Susan Sarandon today. Make a list. Mark them down. It doesn't get worse for those posing left, but bathed in privilege and lack of empathy for Trump's victims. They're not progressive allies, and never were.— Tom Watson (@tomwatson) November 26, 2017
Dear Susan Sarandon, you're supposed to read the thermometers, not drink their delicious fluids. Thank you.— GAIL SIMONE (@GailSimone) November 27, 2017