Hollywood Director Goes on Foul-Mouthed Rant Against Trump: ‘No Wall, No Borders’
'If Beale Street Could Talk' filmmaker Barry Jenkins went political at the National Board of Review Awards
This year’s Golden Globes telecast surprised many by its overall lack of political commentary.
Despite a few moments of preaching, President Donald Trump’s name was thankfully never uttered — the ceremony was also utterly boring, but that’s another issue altogether.
As if to make up for the lack of politics at the Golden Globes, Academy Award-winning director Barry Jenkins (pictured above left) took the stage at the National Board of Reviews Awards and trashed Trump and the proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico.
Jenkins was accepting an award for writing the screenplay to the film “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
The film is based on the book by James Baldwin and it’s also directed by Jenkins.
“Literally right now the president is talking about walls and borders. I don’t know how this happened. So I can’t help but talk about the president and borders and all these walls,” said Jenkins, referring to Trump’s Tuesday night address to the American people about border security.
“There’s a film being celebrated called ‘Minding the Gap,’ by Bing Liu. Bing Liu and his family emigrated here. The president does not want them here,” the director continued. “No walls. No borders. F*** him.”
Jenkins is mainly known for writing and directing 2016’s “Moonlight,” a film that went on to earn the Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay (Jenkins, Tarrell Alvin McCraney) and Best Actor (Mahershala Ali) Academy Awards.
“Moonlight” earned $27.9 million domestically off a $4 million production budget — while “Beale Street” has earned only $4.6 million.
Jenkins was not the only one at the awards ceremony to go political.
Late-night host Stephen Colbert couldn’t help by mentioning Trump while he was introducing “A Star Is Born” actors Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper to the stage.
“Being here meant I had to miss the president’s stupid speech,” said Colbert.
Not every celebrity was against the president or his address on the importance of border security.
“President @realDonaldTrump thank you for putting America first. We support you, sir. You swore to protect us and I know that’s just what you will continue to do. We felt your heart tonight, sir. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. God bless you and God bless America,” tweeted musician Kaya Jones following Trump’s talk.
President @realDonaldTrump thank you for putting America first. We support you sir. You swore to protect us and I know that’s just what you will continue to do. We felt your heart tonight sir. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. God bless you and God bless America 🇺🇸♥️
— Kaya Jones (@KayaJones) January 9, 2019
“Thank You @realDonaldTrump @POTUS for LEADERSHIP — every party has kicked immigration down the hall for decades — some ask why do the DEMOCRATS continue to defy the exact policy they wanted? It is because they want to change the direction America was founded — they are MARXISTS,” added “Die Hard” and “Goonies” star Robert Davi.
Thank You @realDonaldTrump @POTUS for LEADERSHIP – every party has kicked immigration down the hall for decades – some ask why do the DEMOCRATS continue to defy the exact policy they wanted ?it is because they want to change the direction America was founded they are MARXISTS
— Robert Davi (@RobertJohnDavi) January 9, 2019
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