Sarandon: Hollywood's Bernie Fans Afraid of Backlash

"And they see what happens to people when they stand out."

Actress and activist Susan Sarandon claims that some famous Bernie Sanders supporters are afraid to go public out of  fear of a backlash...from their friends or from Hillary.

“You know, there's a lot of people I've talked to who are afraid,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. "They say 'I am definitely supporting him, but I'm afraid to come out' because either I am woman and I don't want to get shamed — because that has been a big part of what the response has been — or they say, 'I am just waiting to see what happens.'"

Sarandon said, "I understand [celebrities] who say they are waiting because you put yourself out there for [interviews] like this. And people, especially if you're a woman, are making it very, very difficult."

"I feel people have to make up their own minds and their publicists are leaning on them," said Sarandon. "And they see what happens to people when they stand out. And I know there are environmentalist actors who understand they he's the guy, but what you get is 'I'm just waiting to see.'"

The actress said she believes Sanders is the best chance to beat Donald Trump in the general election.

"If you look at the polls, [Sanders] is the candidate who's favored to beat [Trump]," she says. "Both Trump and Sanders are attractive to people who want somebody outside of the establishment, who want somebody they feel is authentic and they're not getting that in other candidates." 

"The response to him is still very strong and people are not giving up," she says. "I am very enthusiastic about having a candidate who lives and professes a progressive platform because I care about the environment, and I care about women and children and the middle class."

And as for Donald Trump's popularity, Sarandon blames the media: "The press is responsible for making Trump who he is. I don't know why. Things have just not stuck on him, and I blame a lot of the circus that was created by the press and not treated seriously for allowing him to get as far as he has. We're just not reporting in-depth, responsible, grown-up kind of journalism. So it's taken people a while to educate themselves. For being such a powerful country, we need to be better informed and more responsible in how we go about choosing candidates. It's not a reality TV show. No one is going to be voted off this island once it happens."

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