President Donald Trump has his fair share of extreme critics in Hollywood, but he also has supporters who refuse to back down from their position.
Given today’s environment, it’s surprising enough to see support come to Trump from Hollywood — but it’s even more surprising when it’s someone who completely defies the stereotypes about right-leaning thinkers.
Many of Trump’s Hollywood supporters are independent artists who are free thinkers and have spent their careers defying the expectations and the odds put before them.
Here’s a look at five of Trump’s most unexpected and unique Hollywood supporters.
1.) Kanye West. The artist (pictured above right) recently said he’s staying away from politics these days, but he’s never backed down from his support for the president.
West’s support for Trump earned him plenty of pushback within the entertainment industry, but the rapper held strong and eventually got to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House.
In the meeting, the men discussed mental health treatment, criminal justice reform, and political biases within the media and entertainment industry.
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West has called his Make America Great Again hat his “Superman cape.”
Kanye West is one of the world’s most famous rappers and his support for the president likely irks many because he’s an artist who refuses to be boxed in; people on all political sides fell in love with him long before he backed Trump. West is a free thinker in both his music and his politics — and his fierce independence is what has led to success in both areas.
2.) Roseanne Barr. The most unique thing that can be said about Barr (above left) and her support for Trump is that she is one of his few in this position who previously was an official candidate for president.
Barr ran in the 2012 presidential election under the Peace and Freedom Party.
She’s been fierce and unmoving in her Trump support on social media. Many were surprised she backed Trump, since she had believed some fairly leftist things in the past; but Barr’s position was simply another part of her independence.
The actress even used her politics to create a more even-handed reboot of “Roseanne,” her classic sitcom. Despite massive ratings and a congratulations from the president himself, the network powers-that-be canceled “Roseanne” after she sent out a tweet targeting former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett that some deemed to be racist.
ABC ended up reviving “Roseanne” for a spinoff called “The Conners,” which has been earning mediocre-to-terrible ratings since debuting this fall.
Even in the midst of the “Roseanne” cancellation — which many thought was motivated by the network’s disdain for Barr’s politics — Barr stood by her support for Trump.
3.) Vincent Gallo. The filmmaker is fairly reclusive when it comes to the media these days, but he broke his public silence in March of this year with an essay for Another Man magazine, which touched on his filmmaking history, the #MeToo movement and Donald Trump.
After explaining his bad experiences with disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, Gallo went into a stream-of-consciousness bit that referenced the president.
Gallo said he felt empathy for the president because the media and elites within the industry vilified him when he went to the Cannes Film Festival in 2003 with “The Brown Bunny.”
Written, directed by, and starring Gallo, “Brown Bunny” had an infamous screening at the festival. People walked out; others booed. The late Roger Ebert said it was the worst film in the festival’s history.
At one point, Gallo said in his essay of Trump, “I like Donald Trump a lot and am extremely proud he is the American president. And I’m sorry if that offends you.”
Gallo has always moved to the beat of his own drum. He wrote and directed two films, “Buffalo ’66” and “The Brown Bunny,” that have become major cult hits, but he announced in 2011 he would no longer release his movies. It wasn’t because he was done with filmmaking; it was because he was done with the industry.
Controversial and always engaging, Gallo occasionally acts and models today, but he mainly stays away from Hollywood.
4.) Joy Villa. Villa wears her support for the president loud and proud — literally. The musician’s politics became clear last year when she arrived at the Grammy Awards’ red carpet wearing a dress that featured Trump’s famous slogan, Make America Great Again.
Villa not only expresses her support for the president through interviews and social media; she also expresses it through her art.
Songs like “Make America Great Again” feature patriotic messages that won’t be found in much other modern music.
Villa, 32, is a young conservative who is a free thinker and never one to fit into the box of a typical conservative. She’s always willing to stand up for the president and her own diverse opinions when challenged on her social media or in public.
5.) Dennis Rodman. It’s hard to know where to begin with Dennis Rodman. He’s a basketball legend. He used to wear dresses at the height of his fame. He was an actor. He competed on Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” He’s even friends with North Korean dictator Kim Jung-un. While that relationship most definitely seems strange at first glance, it’s one that has actually been extremely beneficial to America.
Trump has made more progress in peace talks with North Korea than arguably any other president; even his historic meeting with Kim Jung-un was due, in part, to Rodman.
Rodman said he tried to broker a meeting between Kim Jung-un and Barack Obama for years, but the former American president never took him seriously. Trump did — and it has paid off.
Rodman has said many times that he supports President Trump and he’s even gone into interviews wearing a Make America Great Again hat.
Check out one of those interviews below: