Hollywood is great at overreacting, since, after all, they are paid to do it.
In an interview with Chelsea Handler, published Thursday in Elle magazine, actress Charlize Theron warned the outspokenly liberal talk show host and activist that racism in America was so bad that she “might have to leave.” And the Trump administration is partially to blame.
During their time together, the South African actress expressed her feelings on racism (since she’s from a country that had apartheid, she apparently is an expert). She told Handler, “Being raised during the apartheid era in South Africa made me so hyperaware of equality and human rights.”
She continued down a cringy path of justification.
“Of course, I have two black kids, but that was always something I was passionate about,” she added. “I don’t even know how to talk about the last year under our new administration.”
When all else fails, blame the “new administration.” Especially since it’s been around for... longer than a year. But wait, according to Theron, – it’s not the administration that’s to blame, it’s also just America in and of itself.
“There are some places in this country where, if I got a job, I wouldn’t take it,” Theron continued. “I wouldn’t travel with my kids to some parts of America, and that’s really problematic. There are a lot of times when I look at my kids and I’m like, if this continues, I might have to leave America. Because the last thing I want is for my children to feel unsafe.”
Ironically, Theron’s new movie, Tully, screams of privilege and wealth, telling the story of a mother of three who is “gifted” a nanny by her brother. Katie Connor, who introduced the interview between Chandler and Theron, wrote that the film is “one of a very specific socioeconomic status.”
After coming under fire for comments comparing the press to rapists, Theron decided earlier this year to raise the feminist banner, calling herself “a fucking feminist.” And now, apparently, she has also decided to condemn the United States as unsafe for her children, since “racism is much more alive and well than people thought.”