Nicole Kidman offered a message not often heard from the Hollywood elite: Americans need to support President-elect Donald Trump.
She was speaking with Victoria Derbyshire of BBC Two, promoting the based-on-a-true-story film “Lion,” which she described as a “love letter … to mothers and children.” In it, she portrays an Australian woman who, with her husband, adopts a lost Indian boy named Saroo.
“I’m always reticent to start sort of commenting politically,” Kidman began. “I’ve never done it in terms of America, or Australia. I’m issue-based.”
Then she continued, “I just say he’s now elected and we as a country need to support whoever’s the president because that’s what the country’s based on. However that happened, he’s there, and let’s go. ”
Kidman quickly came under fire on social media.
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Some celebrities didn’t wait quite so long to attack the president-elect. “West Wing” and “Social Network” screenwriter Aaron Sorkin published a letter in Vanity Fair addressed to his ex-wife Julia and his 15-year-old daughter Roxy the day after the election. In it, he called Trump “an incompetent pig with dangerous ideas, a serious psychiatric disorder, no knowledge of the world and no curiosity to learn,” then wrote simply, “This is truly horrible.”
As The Washington Post reported:
It was full of sharp language and vitriol (at one point, he called the president-elect a certain type of “nozzle” that can’t be printed here; at another, he stated Trump will be impeached within the year), despite the magazine labeling it as “moving.”
That said, there have been a few celebrities who have urged Americans to give Trump a chance, even if he wasn’t their first pick for the presidency.
We all need to give President-Elect Trump a chance. Support the good. Lobby against what we disagree on. No one is bigger than us all
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) November 9, 2016