FILE – In this June 14, 2015 file photo, Zoe Saldana attends the Los Angeles Premiere of “Infinitely Polar Bear” held at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. After many delays, the Nina Simone biopic starring Saldana and David Oyelowo will be simultaneously released in theaters, digital HD and video-on-demand next month. Distributor RLJ Entertainment said Tuesday, March 1, 2016, it will release “Nina” in all formats on April 22. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
President-Elect Donald Trump has been called a bully for the way he speaks to and about women, people of color and a disabled reporter. But actress Zoe Saldana says Hollywood did exactly what they accused the reality star-turned-politician of doing.
“We got cocky and became arrogant and we also became bullies,” said Saldana, who has starred in the likes of Star Trek, Avatar, and Guardians of the Galaxy, in an interview with AFP. She wasn’t a Trump supporter herself, but she said that his detractors can learn a lot from the election.
“We were trying to single out a man for all these things he was doing wrong…and that created empathy in a big group of people in America that felt bad for him and that are believing in his promises,” she said. “I’m learning from (Trump’s victory) with a lot of humility.”
During Trump’s campaign trail, he has been labeled a bully himself. He was criticized by pundits, celebrities, and others for insults and policy about a disabled New York Times reporter, a Gold Star family, the press, John McCain and other POWs, Mexican immigrants, and women. Celebrities spoke out against him in interviews, voting campaigns, and social media.
After a campaign that was widely considered so offensive, analysts and scholars around the country have been trying to figure out how he won. Some have said that America is more bigoted than many would like to think. Others have said that Trump simply appealed as the anti-establishment candidate against the perception of corruption and corruption from opponent Hillary Clinton. Saldana is the latest to publicly give her take.
Saldana is starring in the upcoming Ben Affleck film “Live By Night.”
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