One of the biggest celebrity disappointments in the lead up to last year's election was Susan Sarandon, who not only vocally opposed Hillary Clinton after Bernie Sanders lost the Democratic nomination, but chose to cast a protest vote for Jill Stein. Many will say that as Sarandon voted in New York, a state that was always going to go for Hillary, Sarandon's vote didn't count. But Susan Sarandon is a beloved actress who has the attention of millions, and even if a different stance hadn't made an actual political difference, it would have meant something to her legions of fans.
But Susan Sarandon is not sorry about her vote. In an interview with the Guardian that was published this weekend, the Feud star had plenty to say about the fallout from the elections.
“It wasn’t a protest vote. Following Bernie wasn’t a protest.” Voting for Jill Stein was, by any definition, a protest vote. “Well, I knew that New York was going to go [for Hillary]. It was probably the easiest place to vote for Stein. Bringing attention to working-class issues is not a luxury. People are really hurting; that’s how this guy got in. What we should be discussing is not the election, but how we got to the point where Trump was the answer.”
Sarandon even has the audacity to bring the gays into it:
Has she lost friends over all this? “No. My friends have a right to their opinions. It’s disappointing but that’s their business. It’s like in the lead-up to Vietnam, and then later they say: ‘You were right.’ Or strangely, some of my gay friends were like: ‘Oh, I just feel bad for [Clinton]. And I said: ‘She’s not authentic. She’s been terrible to gay people for the longest time. She’s an opportunist.’ And then I’m like: ‘OK, let’s not talk about it any more.’”
There's plenty more in the full interview, including some pretty cringe-worthy musings on Harvey Weinstein and sexual misconduct in Hollywood. Sarandon is white and famous, so she has the luxury to "not talk about it anymore." The rest of us, however, are still dealing with the fallout.