Quantcast
Connect with us

Mick Jagger rips Trump —and praises young people for protesting over climate crisis inaction

Published

on

Composite image of Donald Trump (by Gage Skidmore) and Mick Jagger (by Raph_PH)

Rock legend Mick Jagger attacked US President Donald Trump for his rudeness and lies Saturday and for “tearing apart” environment controls when America should be setting the standard for the world.

The Rolling Stones singer said he was “absolutely behind” young climate change activists who had earlier occupied the red carpet at the Venice film festival, where he was starring in the psychological thriller, “The Burnt Orange Heresy”.

ADVERTISEMENT

Jagger said he deplored how politics has descended into name-calling, “including in my own country this week” — a reference to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson comparing opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to a “big girl’s blouse” and a “chlorinated chicken”.

The icon, now 76, bewailed “the polarisation and incivility in public life”, although the one-time bad boy of 1960s rock admitted he was “not always for civility” himself.

“But when you see it now… in so many countries, including my own this last week, but particularly the US, it’s a sea change.

“It is not about manners,” Jagger insisted, saying he was fearful about “where all this polarisation and rudeness and lying is going to lead us.”

More worrying still, said the singer, was that what little environmental safeguards there were being swept away across the globe.

ADVERTISEMENT

‘Vote them out’ 

“We are in a very difficult situation at the moment, especially in the US, where all the environmental controls that were put in place — that were just about adequate — have been rolled back by the current administration so much that they are being wiped out,” he added.

Jagger, who rarely comments on politics, said “the US should be the world leader in environmental control but now it has decided to go the other way.

ADVERTISEMENT

“I am so glad that people feel so strongly about that that they want to protest,” he said, referring to young activists from Greta Thunberg’s Friday for Future movement who sprayed “Listen to your children” and “Make the red carpet green” on the festival’s red carpet.

Co-star Donald Sutherland echoed his call to protest, and urged people to take to the streets and vote out Trump, Johnson and Brazil’s far-right leader Jair Balsonaro.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Mick is right, the controls (in the US) under Obama were barely adequate — now they are being torn apart. It’s the same in Brazil and they will be torn apart in England” after Brexit,” he warned.

“When you are 85 years old and you have children and grandchildren, we will leave them nothing if we do not vote those people out of office in Brazil and in London and in Washington.

‘Ruination of the world’ 

ADVERTISEMENT

“They are ensuring the ruination of the world”, something that “we have all contributed to”, Sutherland added.

Jagger plays an art collector in a stylish thriller where it “is never clear who is telling truth”.

“This movie is about fake(ness) and truth speaks to some of that, so it is part of this modern dialogue,” he told reporters.

“We are going through a very strange time. You know you are living in it but you don’t know what is going to happen at the end.”

ADVERTISEMENT

The Venice film festival ends on Saturday, with Roman Polanski’s controversy-hit Dreyfus Affair story “An Officer and a Spy” already bagging the top prize from international critics.

They picked out director Theo Court’s “White on White”, about the genocide of native people in Patagonia, for their sidebar prize.

The last two winners of Venice’s Golden Lion top prize — “Roma” and the “Shape of Water” — have gone on to win best picture at the Oscars.


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

2020 Election

Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows committed campaign finance crimes: watchdog group

Published

on

The government ethics watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint on Friday accusing White House chief of staff Mark Meadows of campaign finance crimes for allegedly spending thousands of dollars in campaign funds on personal expenses, including clubs, gourmet cupcakes, a jeweler in Washington and lodging at the president's hotel.

Continue Reading

2020 Election

Win or lose — Trump is about to unleash hell

Published

on

With poll numbers staying put and the odds of a Joe Biden win in Tuesday's election looking good — possibly by a decisive margin — there's mounting dread about how Donald Trump will behave after a defeat. After all, Trump is a sociopathic narcissist with the emotional control of a — well, I won't insult toddlers with the comparison — and he lives in mortal terror of being viewed as a loser. He's already made clear that he will refuses to concede, no matter what, and he's grasping desperately for any way to get legal ballots thrown out so he can steal the election.

Continue Reading
 

2020 Election

GOP senator offended LDS community after likening Trump to a ‘selfless’ Book of Mormon hero: report

Published

on

Politics and religion are colliding out west after comments a Republican senator made while stumping for the president.

"Sen. Mike Lee drew criticism from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this week after comparing President Donald Trump to Captain Moroni, a heroic and selfless figure in the Book of Mormon," The Arizona Republic reported Friday evening.

"To my Mormon friends, my Latter-day Saint friends, think of him as Captain Moroni," Lee (R-UT) said, pointing to Trump. "He seeks not power, but to pull it down. He seeks not the praise of the world or the ‘fake news,’ but he seeks the well-being and the peace of the American people."

Continue Reading