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Matt Damon and Susan Sarandon Play Polar Opposites

James Hirsen By Monday, 06 June 2016 09:25 AM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

It would be hard to dispute that both Matt Damon and Susan Sarandon are bona fide members of the Hollywood left.

However, the political leanings of the movie stars are presently going in two sharply different directions.

Damon has made it clear that he stands solidly behind Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for president, while Sarandon is a passionate supporter of Bernie Sanders’s presidential run.

The divergent views of the two celebrities illustrate the very real and expanding rift that now exists within the predominantly liberal Hollywood community and the current base of the Democratic Party.

Supporters of Clinton and Sanders find themselves deeply divided on the issues and on the perception of their party and its establishment leaders.

Just like their non-celebrity counterparts, Sanders and Damon have a demonstrably different idea of what liberal voters are supposed to do in the coming general election.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently brought Damon to the campus to deliver a commencement speech to the more than 1,000 undergraduates and almost 1,800 graduate students whose degrees were handed out at the ceremony.

The renowned school evidently wanted to have a speech-maker who was compatible with the institution’s intellectual image and amusingly chose an actor who, in the film “Good Will Hunting,” portrays a math genius who coincidentally also works as a janitor at MIT.

Damon co-wrote the “Good Will Hunting” script with his then-longtime friend Ben Affleck while the two were attending Harvard. Damon dropped out of school to pursue acting and both he and Affleck wound up taking Academy Awards home in 1998 for their cinematic efforts.

The film character is not the only role Damon has played in which he exhibits a high degree of intelligence via his onscreen persona. The actor portrays super smart characters in “Rounders,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “The Departed,” and the highly profitable “Bourne” franchise, where Damon takes on a role that many would consider his best, Jason Bourne.

While at the Harvard commencement address, in an apparent effort to demonstrate his intellectual prowess, Damon brought up an esoteric theory that is held by certain philosophers and physicists, which puts forth the premise that the universe as we know it, and all of reality as well, is a computer simulation a la the movie “The Matrix.”

The theory is known as the “simulation hypothesis.”

After Damon brought up the idea that we all may reside in a digital game of sorts, which was created by a more advanced alien civilization, he proceeded to use the moment as an opportunity to denounce GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

“If there are multiple simulations, how come we have to be in the one where Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee for president?” Damon asked, adding the phrase, “Can we like transfer to a different one?”

Displays of disrespect toward Trump flow easily for Damon since his endorsement of Hillary is now formal. According to the actor, his reasons for supporting her involve water-related matters.

“She [Hillary] understands it [water] from a number of different angles — as a national security issue, as a human rights issue, and, obviously, its impact on women and girls,” Damon explained.

Meanwhile, during a recent appearance on the Internet television show “The Young Turks,” Sarandon expressed her view that a Hillary presidency would be more hazardous than having Trump in the Oval Office.

Responding to questions about the Clinton campaign, which referred to Trump as dangerous, the actress said, “I believe in a way she [Clinton] is more dangerous.”

Sarandon also predicted that the former secretary of state would be criminally charged in the FBI investigation into Hillary’s use of a private email server.

“Nobody’s even talking about this indictment. What happens with that?” Sarandon said on MSNBC.

After being told that there was not yet an indictment, the actress responded “There’s going to be. I mean, it’s inevitable.”

Sarandon has been an avid Sanders supporter, even stumping recently at a Bernie rally in Modesto, California.

The openness of Sarandon to Trump is typical of many supporters of Sanders. A significant number are alienated from the political process and will not participate in the general election.

However, what is of greater concern for Clinton is this: According to a recent Washington Post/ABC poll, 20 percent of supporters of Sanders indicated that come November they are planning to cast a vote for Trump.

James Hirsen, J.D., M.A., in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, media analyst, and law professor. Visit Newsmax TV Hollywood. Read more reports from James Hirsen — Click Here Now.


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Supporters of Clinton and Sanders find themselves deeply divided on the issues and on the perception of their party and its establishment leaders.
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Monday, 06 June 2016 09:25 AM
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