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Zoe Saldana Accuses Hollywood Of Bullying Trump

| by Kathryn Schroeder

Actress Zoe Saldana believes the Hollywood community is guilty of bullying President-elect Donald Trump.

"We got cocky and became arrogant and we also became bullies," Saldana said, according to AFP.

The 38-year-old actress is not a Trump supporter, but thinks the insults Hollywood made towards him leading up to the Nov. 8 election encouraged support for him from middle America.

"We were trying to single out a man for all these things he was doing wrong ... and that created empathy in a big group of people in America that felt bad for him and that are believing in his promises,” Saldana said.

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Saldana, whose most recent theatrical release, “Live by Night,” depicts racism in the Deep South and how police officers and judges were proud to be members of the Ku Klux Klan, hopes the racial tensions Trump’s campaign allegedly stoked against Mexicans and Muslims will not lead the country back to the time of segregation.

"I'm learning from [Trump's victory] with a lot of humility," she said. 

"If we have people continue to be strong and educate ourselves and stand by equal rights and treat everyone with respect, we won't go back to those times,” Saldana added.

Saldana’s made her remarks after actress Meryl Streep used her opportunity on stage at the Golden Globes to attack Trump’s alleged bullying of Serge Kovaleski, a New York Times reporter with a physical disability -- although she never used his name during her speech, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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“...One performance this year that stunned me," Streep said at the Jan. 8 awards show. "It sank its hooks in my heart, not because it was good … but it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth."

“I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie," Streep continued. "It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose."

Trump responded to Streep's speech in a series of tweets on Jan. 9:

Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a.....

Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never "mocked" a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him.......

"groveling" when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!

There is at least one person in Hollywood who has decided to support Trump’s presidency, actress Nicole Kidman.

"I just say he's now elected and we as a country need to support whoever's the president because that's what the country's based on," she said, according to AFP. "However that happened, he's there, and let's go."

Sources: AFP via Yahoo News, Los Angeles Times, Donald Trump/Twitter (2) (3) / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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