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Donald Trump vs Hollywood: How celebs launched the fiercest attack on POTUS

Matthew McConaughey’s recent comments about ‘embracing’ Donald Trump were extraordinary. He was practically the first major Hollywood celebrity to not join his contemporaries in launching an attack on the new US president. Here’s a list of Hollywood A-listers who’ve voiced their protest against POTUS.

hollywood Updated: Feb 06, 2017 08:12 IST
Rohan Naahar
Rohan Naahar
Hindustan Times
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Actor Mark Ruffalo speaks at a protest against US President Donald Trump outside the Trump International Hotel.(REUTERS)

“Do you know what ‘nemesis’ means?” asks Brick Top, a rather colourful elderly gentleman in the cult gangster movie Snatch. “A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent. Personified in this case by an ‘orrible c***... me,” he clarifies.

Matthew McConaughey’s recent comments about ‘embracing’ Donald Trump were extraordinary. He was practically the first major Hollywood celebrity to not join his contemporaries in launching an attack on the new US president.

But ever since the run up to the 2016 Presidential election, the announcement of the results on December 16, and his inauguration in January, Donald Trump’s every move has been scrutinised, studied and vocally protested by the largely liberal Hollywood - his nemesis.

Mere days before the election, Avengers director Joss Whedon brought together another team, but this time, their mission was to get people into polling booths - and to convince the undecided voters to vote for Hillary Clinton, the Democrat candidate.

While the campaign, which counted among its members Robert Downey Jr, Don Cheadle and Mark Ruffalo, may have failed, Whedon continues to bash Trump, on Twitter and on the streets.

Celebrated actor Robert De Niro also tried his best to sway the undecided voter in a video that was remarkable for its forthright anger. “I’d like to punch him (Trump) in the face,” he said in the clip.

Again, it didn’t work. On the day the election results were announced, several celebrities tweeted in anger. One of the most compassionate messages of dissent was from the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin. He wrote a letter to his teenage daughter, warning her of the difficult world in which she will grow up and how she must be strong.

It has only been two weeks since Trump’s inauguration, but almost on a daily basis, an influential Hollywood figure makes a stern statement against him, and his policies, the most controversial of which has been the ban on refugees from several Muslim nations.

Robert De Niro speaks at a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump outside Trump International Hotel in New York City. (REUTERS)

Everyone from Jennifer Lawrence, JK Rowling, Eminem, Angelina Jolie, and her ex-husband Brad Pitt have voiced disapproval of Donald Trump’s methods. Shia LaBeouf even got himself arrested for allegedly assaulting a Trump supporter during one of his live performance art pieces in which he spent the first few days of Trump’s presidency swaying, dancing and repeating the phrase “He will not divide us” in front of a live camera.

You can read (and listen to) some of them here:

More recently, the artists have made good use of the awards season to publicly express their opinions. From the Golden Globes, in which Meryl Streep made a now-iconic 6 minute speech, to the SAG awards, which almost resembled a Donald Trump roast towards the end, the anger was only increasing. Even Winona Ryder couldn’t distract from the message.

Never one to miss an opportunity to get the last word in, Trump responded, as usual on Twitter.

But the popular sentiment only became more vocal, the voices became angrier. David Harbour’s speech at the SAG awards became the most talked-about topic after the show. Accepting the award for Stranger Things, Harbour, who admitted to being unwell before the show, made a furious speech, promising that ‘we will hunt monsters.’

Every day, protests are organised on the streets, messages of dissent are shared online, the stories of those who have been turned away, or in any way mistreated by the new president have been used to rally troops against him.

No one is going to ‘embrace’ Donald Trump. Everything is not ‘alright, alright, alright’ and Matthew McConaughey has painted a very large bullseye on his back.

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First Published: Feb 04, 2017 10:34 IST