It is tragic what an ugly face President Donald Trump is presenting to the rest of the world about the United States. While Trump clearly reflects a significant part of the American electorate, he certainly does not speak for all of us.
Thankfully, George Clooney has served as a capable ambassador for the rest of us, and recently appeared at an awards show in France and delivered a memorable Trump slam to the French audience.
Clooney was recently invited to the Cesar Awards, France’s version of the Academy Awards, and was feted by the Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma for his “dazzling talent as an actor, director, scriptwriter and producer — and above all, his artistic and spiritual generosity.” He took the podium with French actor Jean Dujardin, who in a sketch served as a translator for what Clooney was really thinking. Said Clooney, “Over the course of my career, I’ve had the great fortune of working with some incredible filmmakers who have protected me and inspired me and taught me what an honor it is to work in film.” Translated Jean, “Donald Trump is a danger for the world, and I will do everything to oppose the fear and hate that has settled in.”
Later, Clooney said, “We stand here today as the world is going through some pretty momentous changes, but not all for the best. As citizens in the world we’re going to have to work very very hard not to let hate win.” Clooney also commented, “We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must not walk in fear of one another. We must not be driven by fear into an age of unreason. If we dig deep in our history and remember that we are not descendants from fearful people, we proclaim ourselves indeed as we are the defenders of freedom wherever it continues to exist in the world. But we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.” Do you agree with George? Watch below: