Hollywood actress Zoe Saldana won’t win herself a whole lot of support after her recent Donald Trump comments.
The ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ star is never one to shy away from vocalising her opinion, but her latest words will no doubt rile many.
Speaking of Donald Trump’s surprising rise to the White House, she claims that Hollywood should be blamed for ganging up on the reality TV host which led people to sympathise with him.
“We got cocky and became arrogant and we also became bullies,” she said.
While many can maybe agree that those hoping Hillary Clinton would win the election didn’t fight hard enough or get their points across effectively through the copious amounts of rumours and fake news generated by the opposition, it’s perhaps wrong to label liberal Americans as bullies.
Her thoughts aren’t dissimilar to Nicole Kidman’s, who earlier this week revealed in a BBC interview that she believed America need to get behind the elected candidate for President, no matter who it is. Her comments are somewhat inflammatory, but then so are Saldana’s.
“We were trying to single out a man for all these things he was doing wrong… and that created empathy in a big group of people in America that felt bad for him and that are believing in his promises.”
Sure, Saldana’s comments on the disillusionment of Middle America had a big part to play, but to suggest liberals turned people against supporting Clinton and to empathise with Trump is a controversial statement to make.
No doubt the actress will be used to a backlash after she was slammed last year over the ‘blackface’ claims when she assumed he role of legendary soul singer Nina Simone. For the part she had a prosthetic nose and makeup to darken her skin, but this is an altogether different controversy.
Perhaps the actress’s saving grace is her inclusion in James Gunn’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ series. The 2014 Marvel movie was very warmly received, and its follow-up looks set to get the same sort of reception in a few months time. Whether fans will be able to overlook her blasting of the celebs who have stood up to Trump over the past 18 months and applaud her for on-screen talents is anyone’s guess.
‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ is in UK cinemas from 28 April, 2017.