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‘Fahrenheit 451’ star Michael B. Jordan blasts Trump as a reflection of the novel’s dystopian horrors

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Known for his portrayal of Erik Killemonger, the anti-hero in Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan said his latest starring role in the new adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is well-timed to the Trump era.

Jordan told The Daily Beast that although Bradbury’s seminal novel depicting a book-burning dystopia was written in response to McCarthyism and the Red Scare, many of the book’s themes ring true today.

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“Those things may have always been present, but we have somebody, our current tenant, who is very vulgar,” the actor said, referencing President Donald Trump. “So now it’s more in your face.”

HBO’s film adaptation of the novel also places Jordan’s character, Guy Montag, in a more modern era. The story follows Montag as he goes from a hawkish defender of his knowledge-controlling government to book-saving revolutionary.

Jordan told the Beast he initially turned down the role for its initial depiction of Montag’s brutal rounding up of dissidents, known as “eels,” because he assumed they would be black and brown. When director Ryan Coogler told the actor the dissidents (and victims of the film’s dystopian government in general) would be of all races, however, Jordan decided to take it.

“I was like, ‘Oh shit,’” he told the Beast. “I, Mike, am so programmed and desensitized and trained to feel and think that way because it’s so relevant, with the police brutality in my community, and the shootings. I was so conditioned to think and feel that way, I was like, man, that’s even more reason why I need to take this role.”

He went on to call one of the novel’s main conceits — that Benjamin Franklin founded the first fire department not to put out fires but to cause them — “the first fake news.”

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Confederate battle flag banned — Marine Corps declares it a ‘threat to our core values’

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The United States Marine Corps banned the public display of the Confederate battle flag on Friday.

"Depictions of the Confederate battle flag are unauthorized in public and work spaces aboard an installation," the Marine Corps wrote in guidance to the troops.

The ban applies to bumper stickers, clothing and flags among other items.

"The Confederate battle flag has all too often been co-opted by violent extremist and racist groups whose divisive beliefs have no place in our Corps," the Marines explained.

"Our history as a nation, and events like the violence in Charlottesville in 2017, highlight the divisiveness the use of the Confederate battle flag has had on our society," the continued. "The presents a threat to our core values, unit cohesion, security, and good order and discipline."

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BUSTED: Police arrest Anthony Brennan III on assault charges after viral video of attack on teenage protesters

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On Friday, The Washington Post reported that authorities have arrested Anthony B. Brennan III, a man suspected of being the attacker caught on camera in Maryland attacking teenagers putting up posters protesting the death of George Floyd, and charged him with second-degree assault.

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Trump is ‘a soulless man with a broken mind’: George Conway calls out his wife’s boss in scathing op-ed

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George Conway, the prominent Republican attorney married to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, blasted his wife's boss in a new Washington Post op-ed published online on Friday evening.

"Until three brief months ago, President Trump never faced a serious crisis, at least one not of his own making. But now he has faced two, and is failing two, in short order: the covid-19 pandemic, with its concomitant economic devastation; and now social unrest, and rioting, stemming from the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody," Conway wrote. "Lacking in humanity, Trump has had no idea how to handle either one."

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