We have a lot of work to do to clean up our culture. Staying away from Hollywood movies is one way to help “drain the swamp.”
Since America’s contentious and historic presidential election came to an end on Nov. 8, millions of citizens who feel shell-shocked by the result have found a patron saint of grumpiness and grief. His name is Michael Shannon.
Of course, a number of high-profile celebrities from Miley Cyrus to Susan Sarandon to Scott Baio have expressed their varied opinions about the election in interviews and on social media. Some, like Oprah Winfrey and Tom Hanks, have projected attitudes of hope and optimism despite differences of opinion with the president-elect.
That’s not Shannon’s style. In a series of interviews in the days after Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, the gruff 42-year-old actor, let his opinion about the election off its leash. “No offense to the seniors out there,” Shannon told Metro newspaper. “But if you’re voting for Trump, it’s time for the urn.” (He was referring to this map, illustrating Clinton’s 504 Electoral College vote advantage among 18-25 year-old voters.)
In the same interview, Shannon offered advice to young people whose parents supported Trump: “You’re an orphan now. Don’t go home. Don’t go home for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Don’t talk to them at all. Silence speaks volumes.”
Apparently you have to be a psychopath (or a Jew) to break into the movies these days. This is crazy talk of the first class.
Then in this interview on RogerEbert.com, he doubled down. “This country’s filled with ignorant jackasses,” he said. “The big red dildo running through the middle of our country needs to be annexed to be its own country of moronic a–holes. You can call it the United States of Moronic F—ing A–holes.”
Leave, jerk. #boycottmichaelshannon
This advocacy by celebrities to kill white people is getting tiresome. In 2014, Oprah Winfrey said all white people must die.
The more open this kind of talk is the more danger Caucasians are in. It’s not funny or clever.
EW caught up with Shannon at an event in New York to promote Nocturnal Animals, one of the 10 films in which he’s appeared this year. Tom Ford’s dark, slippery thriller features Shannon in a supporting role as a Texas lawman seeking justice for the victim of a violent attack (Jake Gyllenhaal). One of the movie’s many themes focuses on how anger can ultimately lead to catharsis – a notion Shannon is quite keen on right now.
“Ah, yeah, and there’s nothing to lose by speaking out these days, really,” he tells EW. “Who really cares what I think or what I say anyway? I have absolutely no influence or power whatsoever. I’m not saying it makes me feel better, but why not?”
Shannon added, “I’ve heard a lot of people saying, ‘Oh, we should give [Trump] a chance, it’s not that bad.’ And I’m like, ‘No, you’re wrong. Just look at the news. It is that bad.’”
Yep. He even looks crazy.