Actress Emma Stone, not one to typically comment on politics, spoke out regarding the election of Donald Trump with a surprising statement.
Stone, who doesn't use social media, recently commented on Trump’s election, saying his win was “incredibly painful” and that Hillary Clinton’s loss was “galvanizing.”
“I think it's a real wake up call and chance for us to all unite and do the very, very best we can to speak out and be brave,” she said, reports CNN.
Damien Chazelle, the director of Stone’s recent film "La La Land," also spoke out about the president-elect, saying he was “still in a little bit of a shell-shocked state” but trying to remain “hopeful.”
“If us artists here keep making our art and making stuff and stay creative and stay productive, that's my way of coping. And maybe that can actually help,” Chazelle said.
Stone’s statement on Trump came following revelations about the transition period between the Obama and Trump administrations. There has been a significant amount of controversy so far, mostly surrounding the appointing of alleged white nationalist Steve Bannon as chief strategist.
There is also a fair amount of speculation regarding how Trump will handle his businesses considering his new position as president. Ethics watchdogs have been reportedly calling for Trump to move his assets to a blind trust instead of putting his three eldest children in charge of his business dealings.
Many have noted that the billionaire’s election is unprecedented in terms of his global business interests and the significance of his wealth as a businessman.
“I know of nothing that compares to this,” Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer told USA Today. “Since he has the power to affect all policies in this country, there are bound to be almost daily potential conflicts of interests between his business holdings and his decisions as president.”
Observers have noted there is a clear conflict of interest for Trump’s children, as they’re set to both run the company and be part of his transition team.
“The inclusion of the kids on the transition team makes it clear that there is no real separation between their politics and their family,” said Lisa Gilbert, of watchdog group Public Citizen. “It’s so inappropriate.”