Unapologetic

Why Susan Sarandon, long vilified by conservatives, now faces her harshest criticism from liberals

Susan Sarandon (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for L'Oreal Paris)

Actress Susan Sarandon, 71, has long been vilified by conservatives for protesting the Vietnam and Iraq wars. But after her refusal to endorse Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign, she says, her greatest critics now come at her from the left.

“I’m not attacked from the right at all,” Sarandon told Emma Brockes in an interview for The Guardian. Instead, she said, she’s had to change her phone number in the wake of countless “misogynistic attacks” from people who blame her for Donald Trump’s electoral victory.

“I got from Hillary people ‘I hope your crotch is grabbed’, ‘I hope you’re raped,’” Sarandon, who stumped for Bernie Sanders and then voted for Jill Stein during the recent election, said. “Recently, I said ‘I stand with Dreamers’ and that started another wave … from the left. ‘How dare you! You who are responsible for this!’” Thanks to Donald Trump, it appears almost inevitable that up to 800,000 young immigrants protected under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals will face deportation.

But Clinton, Sarandon claims, wouldn’t have been much better for the country than a former real estate mogul and reality TV star who was accused by at least a dozen women of sexual assault during his campaign alone.

“We would still be fracking, we would be at war [if Clinton was president],” Sarandon told Brockes. “It wouldn’t be much smoother. Look what happened under Obama that we didn’t notice. She would’ve done it the way Obama did it, which was sneakily. He deported more people than have been deported now.”

Sarandon also shared her controversial perspective on feminism, and her thoughts on the victims of Harvey Weinstein and others in Hollywood, and how she recalled handling advances from unnamed movie industry figures when she was younger.

Read the full interview at The Guardian.

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