In the fine old Hollywood tradition of telling average people how to live, what to think, and what to say, Variety magazine held a Power of Women luncheon in Beverly Hills, California, on Friday.
It is not too much of a stretch to assume that only progressive-minded guests were invited to this event to give their thoughts on how females can most serve to make America better.
The irony may have been lost on those assembled in posh Beverly Hills that some of the most egregious examples of the #MeToo movement have happened within their own industry.
George Clooney, a multimillionaire actor and businessman with an Italian villa in Lake Cuomo that’s often featured in glossy magazines for hosting the glitterati, set about educating the luncheon attendees about the Trump administration — and what he called its “culture of fear.”
Clooney spoke before a packed ballroom at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons in Beverly Hills as “Amal’s husband,” as Breitbart reported, accusing President Donald Trump of dividing Americans.
“Fear of Muslims. Fear of immigrants. Fear of minorities. Fear of strong women,” George Clooney began.
“And because our government needs us to be afraid, the question is, are we really scared of all the things that actually make America great? And if the answer is yes, then we’ll have history to answer to. Because these are the ideas that will define us for generations.”
Clooney has clashed with Trump in the past; the actor joked about Trump’s chances of making it to the White House in the early days after he first announced his intention to run, noted the U.K.’s Evening Standard, and Trump has been a vocal critic of the “Hollywood elite.”
“After all the jokes, and insults, and reality show frenzy, what will be remembered, what will stand the test of time, is holding responsible these wolves in wolves’ clothing,” Clooney declared.
“When you call an entire religion your enemy, you might very well make an enemy out of an entire religion. When you tell a whole race of people that you value them less, you can’t be surprised when they question your values,” the star opined — without offering any evidence of the president having done such a thing.
“When you tell women that coming forward to testify about their abuse is a joke, don’t be shocked when they’re standing on your lawn, laughing on November 7.”
The star heaped praise on March for Our Lives leader and anti-gun activist Emma Gonzalez.
“She made us listen to her heart,” he said. “A heart that believes that we as a country can be so much better. A heart that called for adults to act like adults so children don’t have to.”
“Be embarrassed if everyone in your workplace looks like you,” said Natalie Portman.
Gonzalez, in her own remarks, said to the women gathered at this swanky event, “You know that you are forces to be reckoned with. You can and have inspired peace and understanding and, most importantly right now, you can inspire your audience to vote. Now more than ever, women need to continue to rise up.”
Actress Natalie Portman also addressed the crowd with some guidelines to bring about change, said Breitbart, such as donating to Time’s Up legal defense fund for #MeToo victims, opting against depicting violence against women in films, and hiring women for positions for which they’re not typically considered.
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“Be embarrassed if everyone in your workplace looks like you,” Portman said.
Portman said the disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein is “still free” because “our culture protects the perpetrators of sexual violence, not its victims.”
See actress Scarlett Johansson applaud Planned Parenthood at last year’s Power of Women luncheon.