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Russell Simmons Breaks Off Trump Friendship, and Other Hollywood Nonsense

The biggest outrages of late from the entertainment elites, Part 8

Most celebrities barrage today’s popular culture with their divisive and hypocritical rhetoric.

It never stops spewing out of Hollywood, especially now that a president they don’t like has taken office.

Celebrities aren’t the only ones with cultural voices.

However — celebrities aren’t the only ones with cultural voices. Welcome to the eighth roundup by LifeZette of Hollywood ridiculousness.

Judd Apatow, director of “The 40-Year Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up,” expressed support through Twitter for the University of California, Berkeley, riots. What began as a peaceful protest against speaker and Breitbart Senior Editor Milo Yiannopoulos turned into a violent outburst, in which property was vandalized and students set fire to their own school.

The Yiannopoulos speech was canceled — and Apatow thought the violent response was perfectly reasonable. “This is just the beginning,” the director said on Twitter. “When will all the fools who are still supporting Trump realize what is at stake?”

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After facing backlash for his clear endorsement of violence and his veiled threat to Trump supporters and conservatives, Apatow deleted his tweet and said, “I deleted my tweet because it was vague. I never support violence. I do support peaceful protest against hateful people and awful ideas.” Think his apology was sincere?

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Russell Simmons is not only a major music mogul; he was once a good friend of Donald Trump’s. The founder of Def Jam Records once said he saw Trump nearly every weekend. However, he told the New York Daily News this week the friendship is kaput.

“I’m sure he doesn’t consider me a friend after some of the statements I’ve made,” said Simmons. The music producer said he has not spoken to Trump since before the presidential race, and he even refused a phone call from the president when Trump called Simmons’ office to talk.

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“I accept people as they are as long as they’re not running for president,” said Simmons. It seems an odd response — to lose a friendship is a terrible thing. If Simmons really disagreed with the things Trump said or did, he clearly had an open line of communication with Trump but chose to end it. Where’s the sense in that?

Related: Rappers Shame Black Celebs for Meeting with Trump

Amy Schumer took Trump on after the president criticized her father’s cousin, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), for “fake tears” in a speech about the president’s temporary ban on refugees from several countries.

“I know chuck Schumer and HE CANNOT act trust me. He can barely smile on cue. He can’t help but be transparent and genuine. He was hurt for those people and all the people facing such unconstitutional injustice,” Amy Schumer said through Instagram.

The comedian and actress also took the chance to continue the Trump fear-mongering that celebrities have grown so fond of these past several months. “Trump is about to bombard us with so many awful decisions. His Supreme Court pick will be terrifying and he will try and stop same sex adoption and all our other nightmares. We can’t get burnt out or overwhelmed and distracted. We need to stay focused and organized. Tell your friends who say ‘I’m just not political’ that that doesn’t cut it anymore.”

Related: Sheen on Trump: ‘We Look Forward to Impeachment’

And now, for a positive word (as always in these round-ups)…

Matthew McConaughey will end us on a better note after all that sludge. While promoting his new film “Gold,” the actor had some positive and thoughtful things to say about President Trump.

Though he’s never been a Trump supporter — he even took part in one of those infamously bad anti-Trump celebrity PSAs — McConaughey proved himself far more thoughtful and constructive in just a few breaths than most other celebrities.

After being asked by ChannelFi whether Hollywood would ever give Trump a chance, the actor replied, “Well, they don’t have a choice now. He’s our president.”

“This is the guy that nobody bets on. This is like millions of people, if not billions, who get out of bed every day, and don’t have a ticket to the American Dream.”

He continued, “And it’s very dynamic and as divisive of an inauguration and time as we’ve had. At the same time, it’s time for us to embrace and shake hands with this fact. And be constructive with him over the next four years.”

The “Dazed and Confused” actor added it was time to give the president the benefit of the doubt. “So anyone, even those who may strongly disagree with his principles or things he’s said and done — and that’s another thing, we’ll see what he does compares to what he has said — no matter how much you even disagreed along the way, it’s time to think about how constructive can you be.”

The actor took things a step further when discussing, in the same breath, the character of his latest film and the American Dream. “I mean, it’s an underdog story. This is the guy that nobody bets on. This is like millions of people, if not billions, who get out of bed every day, and don’t have a ticket to the American Dream. They are going to have to hustle their way in the back door, the side door, or come down the chimney, and be an entrepreneur, and make it their own way — by hook or by crook.”

In just a couple of swift answers, McConaughey proved himself to be miles ahead of many of his fellow artists and their myopic views of America.

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