Magazine article Screen International

Movie Industry Reacts to Donald Trump Victory

Magazine article Screen International

Movie Industry Reacts to Donald Trump Victory

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A number of leading figures in the film and TV industries have responded with shock and dismay to the surprise win for Republican candidate Donald Trump in the US presidential election this week.

Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton drew tens of millions of dollars in contributions from the entertainment industry during the heated contest. Opponent Trump received a fraction of that support.

Industry heavyweights to back Clinton's campaign included senior figures from all six of Hollywood's major studios while Harvey Weinstein, Legendary's Thomas Tull and a number of top talent agent executives were also donors. Creatives to host events for Clinton included Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes and actors Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney.

Meanwhile, actors Stephen Baldwin, Steven Seagal and Kirstie Alley were among those to voice enthusiasm for the result.


Harvey Weinstein, producer, said in a comment sent to Screen:

"With both Donald and Hillary [Clinton] splitting the popular vote of Americans 50/50, I was proud to see Hillary say this morning that she would work with Donald because that's what our country wants to see. One of the great things President Obama did was taking a page from Lincoln's playbook - taking on rivals and working together with them in the White House. It takes a willingness from both sides, however, and our country is sick and tired of the divisiveness in D.C. It is my hope that President-Elect Trump will do this with Hillary and others. It will make people less fearful, which I'm sure he wants, and it's what we need as a country."

Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar-winning actress, wrote in a piece for Vice off-shoot Broadly:

"This country was founded on immigration and today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognized and respected are white men.

I want to be positive; I want to support our democracy, but what can we take away from this? It's a genuine question that we all need to ask ourselves. We shouldn't blame anyone, we shouldn't riot in the streets. We should think strongly and clearly about what to do next because we cannot change the past."

Aaron Sorkin, Oscar-winning writer, wrote an open letter published by Vanity Fair:

"America didn't stop being America last night and we didn't stop being Americans and here's the thing about Americans: Our darkest days have always-always-been followed by our finest hours. …

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