Eminem Latest Celebrity to Publicly Denounce Trump Administration
Rapper Eminem is the latest celebrity figure to blast the Trump Administration with criticism. The popular Detroit emcee used his performance at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards to deliver a scathing four-and-a-half-minute freestyle aimed directly at President Trump. Eminem questioned the priorities of the President saying, “Instead of talking Puerto Rico or gun reform for Nevada, all these horrible tragedies and he’s bored and would rather cause a Twitter storm with the Packers.” The explosion from Eminem was only the most recent public outcry from celebrities, following a series of denouncements since the 2016 presidential election.
Soon after the Trump campaign came out victorious in November, Vice President-elect Mike Pence found himself at the point of a politicized statement delivered by the actors of the hit Broadway musical, “Hamilton.” Brandon Victor Dixon, who acted as Vice President Aaron Burr, led the way by expressing the worries of “the diverse America,” being that the Trump administration would not protect all of their constituents fairly. The “Hamilton” cast gave a succinct, polite speech, yet the message could be heard loud and clear.
Long-time hit sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live (SNL) has used its platform to portray several members of the Trump administration in a satirical way. Among those imitated have been Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci, Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner. The SNL cast gives off a clear negative perspective on the Trump administration as a whole, depicting President Trump as a narcissist with low intelligence and Steve Bannon as a walking skeleton, for example.
The 69th annual Emmy television awards featured quite a few acceptance speeches that included backhanded comments about the 45th President. Host Stephen Colbert opened the show with a monologue including several sly jokes about President Trump. A particular memorable piece from Colbert’s speech was in reference to The Americans, a TV show about Russian spies infiltrating the American government. Colbert elaborated by stating, “Even treason is better on TV.” Alec Baldwin, the SNL actor who played Donald Trump, even won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor. Donald Glover, winning Best Actor in a Comedy, thanked the President, saying, “I want to thank Trump for making black people number one on the most oppressed list, he’s the reason I’m probably up here.”
The players of the National Football League (NFL) have recently escalated their defiance of the Trump administration by revamping their protests that feature kneeling during the National Anthem. Originally, the protests began by Colin Kaepernick protesting police brutality and the oppression of African Americans. While that mission remains the same, the number of players kneeling increased dramatically following President Trump’s profane remarks reprimanding those who kneel. The NFL appeared to have rebuked President Trump’s remarks and united in solidarity against him.
Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico, had choice words for President Trump regarding his response to Hurricane Maria. President Trump appeared to imply the removal of aid from Puerto Rico tweeting, “…We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!” Mayor Cruz responded by shaming Trump and referred to him as the “Hater in Chief.”
Even author Stephen King had harsh words for President Trump, banning him from seeing his recent horror flick, the widely anticipated IT.
By the numbers, public opinion for President Trump remains low. His job approval rating has fluttered at just below 40 percent since summer while his disapproval rating has remained stable at just over 55 percent according to Gallup.com.