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Jay-Z and George Clooney Slam President Trump

Donald Trump has been busy making a huge mess of pretty much everything this past week. Did you know we’re very close to being openly at war with North Korea? Or that despite Iran complying fully with the strictest nuclear inspections ever imposed on any country and electing the most moderate president since the revolution, handshake buddies Trump and French President Macron have been saber-rattling at Iran recently? And after provoking North Korea to the brink of war, Trump pivoted to spend the entire weekend complaining about how Steph Curry and some NFL players hurt his feelings, which lead to him getting dunked on by LeBron James.

Well, Beyoncé’s husband Jay-Z noticed. During an interview with the BBC host Clara Amfo, Jay-Z gave a statement on his opinion of Donald Trump, who he referred to only as “this guy”, which was transcribed by The Root.

This guy, I’m looking at him like, man, this is a joke, with all …

I can’t even say with all due respect—with all disrespect. I just think that, you know, he’s not a very sophisticated man, especially when it comes to the idea of ‘until everyone is free, no one is free.’ Period. That’s just a fact. We are all linked some kind of way. So if you oppress a certain people, everyone is in danger. That’s just … karmically and in real life.”

If I’m being oppressed and you have this big, nice mansion with all this, I’m coming inside there. That’s gonna happen, that’s just how life is. So on just a practical level, that just makes sense. On a spiritual and karmic level, if we’re all children of God, then we’re all brothers and sisters, and at some point, if you’re doing that to your brother, then that can’t last.

Jay-Z wasn’t the only celeb with strong words for Donald Trump over the weekend. No, I’m not talking about how Kim Jong-Un called him a dotard, although that was pretty funny, too. George Clooney, an actor who married human rights lawyer Amal Clooney in 2014, gave a blistering take on the celebrity-obsessed Trump in an interview with The Daily Beast.

Here’s the thing: I grew up in Kentucky. I sold insurance door-to-door. I sold ladies’ shoes. I worked at an all-night liquor store. I would buy suits that were too big and too long and cut the bottom of the pants off to make ties so I’d have a tie to go on job interviews. I grew up understanding what it was like to not have health insurance for eight years. So this idea that I’m somehow the “Hollywood elite” and this guy who takes a shit in a gold toilet is somehow the man of the people is laughable.

People in Hollywood, for the most part, are people from the Midwest who moved to Hollywood to have a career. So this idea of “coastal elites” living in a bubble is ridiculous. Who lives in a bigger bubble? He lives in a gold tower and has twelve people in his company. He doesn’t run a corporation of hundreds of thousands of people he employs and takes care of. He ran a company of twelve people! When you direct a film you have seven different unions all wanting different things, you have to find consensus with all of them, and you have to get them moving in the same direction. He’s never had to do any of that kind of stuff. I just look at it and I laugh when I see him say “Hollywood elite.” Hollywood elite? I don’t have a star on Hollywood Boulevard, Donald Trump has a star on Hollywood Boulevard! Fuck you!

You know what’s the best part of these takes on Trump? You know he cares. He cares so much. This is a guy who makes directors film a scene with him if they want to film in one of his properties. He’s obsessed with being liked, and two of the most popular people on the planet just called him out for being the small, petty racist man he is. And you know it’s going to be eating at him when he’s wandering around the White House at 3 am tweeting from his golden toilet.

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