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Yup, Susan Sarandon Still Thinks That Trump-Inspired “Revolution” Is Going Just Great

Probably because she's not really affected by it.

While I’m enjoying watching Ryan Murphy’s Feud, I’m not sure I’ll be all that disappointed when it’s over, because that will (hopefully) mean the end of Susan Sarandon’s promotional tour. Which means no more interviews about her political opinions.

Sarandon was a guest on The Late Show last week, ostensibly to talk about the FX show, which follows the legendary rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as they filmed Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. But Stephen Colbert chose to start the interview by asking Sarandon about her feelings on that revolution she’s long been saying Trump will bring.

And once again, according to Sarandon, it’s going just great.

She points to the town hall meetings with so many people showing up and screaming at their representatives, and says it’s really great how now, with this “bozo” in office, “everybody’s awake, they’re energized. They’re calling their senators, they’re donating to all these groups.” Oh, and she also thinks Colbert is funnier now.

Except “energized” isn’t the word a lot of people would use to describe the current resistance. Or at least it’s one of many, and pretty far down on that list. (How about “terrified”? That’s a word a lot of us would use.) Sure, people are awake, but it’s patronizing to assume we weren’t paying attention before Trump got into office. We didn’t need him to shake things up. We were already shaken.

When Colbert asks Sarandon about the DNC overhaul (wherein the new head of the DNC asked for the resignation of every committee staffer), and if that kind of political shakeup is as meaningful as this so-called revolution, I get the impression she doesn’t know what he’s talking about and spouts a vague line about “establishment.” When Colbert asks if she thinks this revolution is going to turn into an actual revolution, which usually involves danger and violence and, you know, revolting, she brushes him off as if that’s a ridiculous idea. Sarandon doesn’t seem to have any interest this whole change and revolution thing beyond talking about the important but singular issue of fracking and being excited about town hall meetings. And people are pissed.

It takes a real lofty sort of privilege to ignore the threats of stripping women of healthcare, LGBTQ rights violations, mass deportations and travel bans, and everything else we’re fighting against, and call it “energized.”

(via Mediaite, image via screengrab)

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Vivian Kane (she/her) has a lot of opinions about a lot of things. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband Brock Wilbur and too many cats.