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Stars Who Won’t Stop Dissing America

Cheap comments by celebrities against the U.S. and President Trump do nothing to help our great country

It is so easy to hurl criticisms and barbs from far away — and then run.

It’s so easy to attack, lampoon, lash out, and make fun of other people or things, but do nothing to help solve the problems or make things any better.

It’s so easy to be cruel.

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This is the position of many Hollywood celebrities and elite entertainment types right now who don’t care an ounce how their comments, words, remarks, “laugh lines,” or anything else might hurt our country or our standing with other nations around the globe. All they care about is expressing their opinions — and they take no responsibility for the substance of their words or the damage they might cause.

Speaking over the weekend at the commencement address at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Robert De Niro went after his country with a series of comments that other people would rightly be ashamed of — and never dream of saying publicly in the first place, certainly not at such an august event as a university graduation.

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To the more than 2,500 students receiving degrees that day, De Niro announced that the United States was “once an inspiring uplifting drama,” but is now just a “tragic dumb–s comedy.”

Related: De Niro: America is a Tragic ‘DumbA** Comedy’

He said the graduates should “work to stop the insanity,” apparently referring to actions by the administration of President Donald Trump.

“My advice is to lock the Van Wickle Gates and stay here,” De Niro added, in a nod to the university’s entrance.

De Niro has long criticized the current president. Back in January, to cite just one other example, he called Trump a “punk,” “pig,” “con,” “bozo,” and an “embarrassment to this country.”

Exactly how do cheap insults and low-class blows improve anything? They reflect poorly on the speaker, most of all.

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Then there’s Alec Baldwin, who for months and months has expressed his dismay about the results of the American presidential election — while at the same time reaping enormous career benefits from his Trump impersonation on “Saturday Night Live.” About the time of Trump’s election, Baldwin famously tweeted, “I think the thing to focus on now is our families. To love those that were put in our lives to care for. Also our respective health, work and faith. The American political system is broken. Walk away from it for a while. As Coriolanus says, ‘There is a world elsewhere.'”

(Note: Baldwin is still around.)

Rosie O’Donnell has made such a career of sparring verbally with Donald Trump, to the betterment of no one, that even other people in Hollywood associate her now with “hate.” Recently, “SNL” cast member Leslie Jones told The Hollywood Reporter that O’Donnell had never been hired by the satire show to play any administration characters because she would have played her role “from hate.”

“When you’re playing a character, you can’t play it from hate,” Jones revealed that producer Lorne Michaels had told her when she asked why O’Donnell had not been given a gig to portray adviser Steve Bannon. “You have to play it from funny, because when you play it from hate, it looks like you’re just being mean.”

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