They're wealthy and they are among the biggest age groups to fill movie theaters, but many seniors have had it with Hollywood's political hate speech and they are threatening a boycott if the Oscars, as expected, turn into a Trump bashing affair Sunday.
Taking aim at the star-studded event and host Jimmy Kimmel, a group that represents conservative seniors, which dubs itself the alternative to AARP, on Thursday issued the warning with 12 examples of the hate spewed by stars expected to walk the red carpet.
— Oscar nominee Michael Shannon said Trump supporters should die: "It's time for the urn."
— Director Judd Apatow said he felt like he had been "raped" by Trump.
— Oscar nominee Michelle Williams said about Trump's election, "It was a very hard day to be a mother."
If more of those comments are heard at the Oscars, then members of the Association of Mature American Citizens will boycott theaters.
"More than 60 million Americans voted for Donald Trump this year," said Dan Weber, president of AMAC, which boasts over 1 million dues-paying members.
"They are tired of being demeaned and mocked by celebrities who have become enriched in large part due to the money we spend on movie tickets and other entertainment programs. If Hollywood continue its vicious, bigoted hate speech against those who simply hold different political views, then we don't have to watch their films anymore," he added.
Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
The White House, noting the hit Trump took from actress Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes, said the president would not be watching.
Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never "mocked" a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him.......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
In a release, he predicted Hollywood's "financial ruin" if the hate continues. Some 10,000 members have already registered the complaint against stars using the night for political speeches.
"groveling" when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
Below are the hateful statements the group has collected:
— Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel called President Trump's EPA pick, "a piece of s***." http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2017/01/18/jimmy-kimmel-calls-trump-epa-nominee-scott-pruitt-piece-sht/
— Oscar nominee Meryl Streep claimed that she and Hollywood were "the most villainized" segment of America while then going on to villainize a demiocratcially elected president, as well as those who watch "mixed martial arts and football." http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/08/entertainment/meryl-streep-golden-globes-speech/
— Oscar nominee Michael Shannon said Trump supporters should die: "It's time for the urn." He said kids should shun parents supporting Trump. "And if your parents voted for Trump? "Fu— 'em. You're an orphan now. Don't go home. Don't go home for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Don't talk to them at all. Silence speaks volumes."http://www.vulture.com/2016/11/michael-shannon-is-on-an-anti-trump-rage-tour.html
— Hollywood director Judd Apatow said he felt like he had been "raped" by Trump. http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/02/20/judd-apatow-says-trump-getting-elected-is-like-being-raped.html
— Oscar nominee Natalie Portman labeled the Trump presidency "catastrophic" and said it was "taking us backward on civil-rights issues" before it even began. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/jan/19/natalie-portman-kennedy-trump-jackie-interview
— Oscar nominee Casey Affleck called Trump "a dangerous fool." http://variety.com/2016/film/news/casey-affleck-manchester-by-the-sea-1201891603/
— Oscar nominee Ruth Negga once told Jimmy Kimmel she "can't cope" with a Trump presidency. http://www.dailyedge.ie/ruth-negga-jimmy-kimmel-3179324-Jan2017/
— Oscar nominee Emma Stone called Trump's election "incredibly painful" and said it was time to "speak out." http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/14/entertainment/emma-stone-election-trump/
— Oscar nominee Viggo Mortensen "agreed" that it was shocking anyone would vote for Trump. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/rome-film-fest-viggo-mortensen-938733
— Oscar nominee Michelle Williams said about Trump's election: "It was a very hard day to be a mother." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NbieCiRnIw
— Oscar nominee Octavia Spencer attacked "Trumpites" who are "bending the truth" and have "totally regressed" to "ridiculous racist bigotry." https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/03/movies/octavia-spencer-condemns-trump-followers-who-reject-hidden-figures.html?_r=0
— Oscar nominee Nicole Kidman was forced to "clarify" that she was not supporting Trump when she made comments suggesting he should be given a chance. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nicole-kidman-clarifies-her-support-for-donald-trump-in-new-interview_us_587a79fbe4b0e58057ff29aa
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org