While doing press for his latest movie, “Hostiles,” Bale and the film’s costars dropped into the AOL series “Build” for an in-depth interview.
During the 30-minute conversation, the topic turned to the political state of the U.S. Bale doesn’t see our divisiveness rooted in “red state/blue state” conflicts, but rather our lack of diverse voices, specifically in leadership.
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Paul Ryan (R-WI) while Vice President Pence stands between them awkwardly. Photo by Bill Clark-Pool/Getty Images.
And while Christian Bale may seem like a surprising man to applaud, given previous allegations of misconduct, in this case and at this moment in time, he’s right.
I’m not proposing anyone build a statue in his honor — or even forgive his past behavior.
But more white men of privilege should speak out with the conviction and honesty he did and work to make this country a better place for everyone, especially people too often left out out of the conversation. (Looking at you, Matt Damon.)
More women. More people of color. More LGBTQ people. More people with disabilities. More people living below the poverty line. More immigrants. More of everyone who makes this country so unique and beautiful.
And please — at least for a while — fewer white men making decisions for the rest of us.
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