Actress and leftist activist Susan Sarandon is taking a lot of grief from her side of the political spectrum. While conservatives generally leave her alone, the oh-so-tolerant Left has declared war on one of their own — all because the academy award-winning actress didn’t drink the Hillary Clinton kool-aid.
“'I’m not attacked from the right at all,'” Sarandon states in a new interview with UK’s The Guardian. “Instead, she is accused of not checking her white privilege, of throwing away her vote on a third-party candidate (the Green party nominee, Jill Stein) during the US presidential election, and of recklessly espousing a political cause that let Trump in through the backdoor. Liberals in the US, it seems, can summon more hatred for Sarandon right now than they can for Paul Ryan.”
Though Sarandon supported Clinton for her Senate run in 2001, the 71-year-old’s feelings have since cooled. She now believes the former secretary of state would’ve been too “dangerous” to be in the White House:
“I did think she was very, very dangerous. We would still be fracking, we would be at war. It wouldn’t be much smoother. Look what happened under Obama that we didn’t notice.”
And speaking of Obama, Sarandon isn’t as sold out on him as many of her powerful Hollywood friends, especially on immigration:
“[Clinton] would’ve done it the way Obama did it, which was sneakily. He deported more people than have been deported now. How he got the Nobel peace prize I don’t know. I think it was very important to have a black family in the White House and I think some of the stuff he did was good. He tried really hard about healthcare. But he didn’t go all the way because of big pharma.”
Clearly, Sarandon is no closer to finding a home on the Right, despite the fact that she’s constantly devoured by the Left (and even had to change her phone number because of all the threats):
“I got from Hillary people ‘I hope your crotch is grabbed’, ‘I hope you’re raped.’ Misogynistic attacks. Recently, I said ‘I stand with Dreamers’ and that started another wave. ‘How dare you! You who are responsible for this!’"
As for being a feminist, Sarandon says the “image of the shrill woman” has hurt the movement:
“I remember going to the ERA [Equal Rights Amendment] march where there were 100,000 women and we were going around talking to senators for this vote and I got on the elevator, and the women were like: ‘We’re going to show them what the fuck we want.’ And I kept saying: ‘Calm down, that’s not the way we’re going to get things done.’”
“It was counterproductive, clearly. But that image of the shrill woman became the definition of a feminist for a long time. And 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.”
Sarandon said Clinton's campaign brought the shrill woman back to the top: “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.”
If we’ve learned anything this past election cycle: leftists do not like any opinions that stray from their playbook. And they’ll eat one of their own — or all of their own — to win the race. But like Sarandon said, her side will continue to lose "if we depend on the DNC."