Susan Sarandon was her outspoken self at a panel celebrating the 25th anniversary of Thelma & Louise over the weekend at the Cannes Film Festival. The actress happily fielded questions from reporters on several controversial subjects. When asked a question about director Woody Allen, who was premiering his movie Cafe Society at the festival and was the subject of renewed scrutiny over allegations that he sexually assaulted his daughter, Dylan, in 1993, Sarandon said, “I have nothing good to say about Woody Allen, so I don’t think we should go there.” When pressed further, however, she added, “I think he sexually assaulted a child and I don’t think that’s right … It’s gotten very quiet in here, but that’s true.”
Sarandon, a noted Bernie Sanders supporter, called American mainstream media “lame” and “irresponsible” for not adequately covering her preferred candidate, whom she praised for “activating minorities … people who have not been engaged in the political process before, especially millions of millennials.” The actress, who made headlines when she suggested that she might not vote for Hillary Clinton if Sanders doesn’t clinch the Democratic nomination lashed out at the frontrunner, saying, “I think a lot can happen besides the fact that [Clinton] can be indicted at any moment. She stands a very good chance.”
The award-winning actress saved her harshest criticism for Donald Trump, however, even though she said she said she can’t envision the presumptive Republican nominee winning the presidency because he had “alienated so many minorities and women.” She told the reporters she doesn’t feel threatened by his policy suggestions — such as building a wall on the border with Mexico or banning foreign Muslims from entering the country — because those proposals would be “impossible” to achieve, and said the most terrible thing Trump did was legitimize “racism and homophobia in order to get that very discontented base that wants something authentic.” She continued, “What he did in the process was say, ‘It’s OK to be violent.’ That’s why he has the KKK as one of his representatives. That’s been really terrible, besides the fact that America looks ridiculous.”
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