Are liberals snobs? Can they tolerate dissent? Whatever. Donald Trump seems to have brought out the worst in them.
Hollywood has never been a friend of President Trump. It seems to hate supporters of Trump even more, even when they are as beautiful as Nicole Kidman.
The Australian actress may have won critical acclaim worldwide for her role in movie Lion, but that may just not be enough to get her nominated for the Oscars. The reason- a seemingly off-the-cuff remark during a recent BBC interview. When reportedly asked about her views on Trump, Kidman responded,
“I would just say he’s now elected. And we as a country need to support whoever the president is, because that’s what the country’s based on.”
Little did the 49-year old star realise that her comments would stir such controversy and upset the liberal elite that calls the shots in Hollywood. Since her Trump remarks went public, the Oscar-winning star has been relentless bashed on social media by Hollywood celebrities and many social media users. All her past accomplishments, her hard work and even her Australian background have come under unsparing criticism. All just because she asked Americans to rally behind a President who was duly elected by Americans.
— Joss Whedon (@joss) January 13, 2017
(Source: Twitter/ Joss Whedon)
It’s time to add her to our boycott list. No more Nicole Kidman. https://t.co/JJkyYAawR5
— Eddie (@eddienotfunny) January 13, 2017
Yes, the outrage over Kidman’s remarks is so massive that it is being speculated that she may well lose out on an Oscar nomination for her role in recently released Lion, which also stars Dev Patel.
“The timing of this remark was brazen: Jan. 13 was the deadline for Oscar voters to submit their picks for this year’s crop of Academy Award nominees,” an editorial expressing solidarity with Kidman’s remarks, published in the New York Post said.
The problem with Kidman is that her remarks run contrary to popular Trump-bashing narrative that Hollywood is championing, the one which showed up in the speech of actress Meryl Streep at Golden Globes. Streep’s speech resonated with many on social media and in Hollywood, and drew a sharp reaction from Trump himself. But it was striking in the absence of backlash for holding a political opinion, unlike in the case of Nicole Kidman.
To draw an analogy with India where most of Kidman’s movie Lion is based, it’s the right-wing that routinely hijacks the conversation here on the subcontinent. On the other hand, it seems to be the liberal, left-wing crowd which majorly includes Hollywood, in the US.
Be it India’s Right or America’s Hollywood-inspired Left, they are both behaving like bullies these days.