Emily Blunt has been all over the place the past few weeks as she promotes her new film, Sicario, which has gotten some good reviews. During her interview blitz, Blunt has been discussing how she recently became an American citizen. Blunt is married to John Krasinski, an American, and she gave birth in America, meaning their baby is an American citizen too. Apparently, Blunt is sticking with dual citizenship, but she has been chatting about finally becoming an American and how she has mixed feelings about it. Some assorted quotes from the past week:
On Kimmel, Blunt discussed taking her citizenship oath: “I’m not sure I’m entirely thrilled about it. People ask me about the whole day. They were like, ‘Oh, it must have been so emotional.’ I was like, ‘It wasn’t! It was sad!’ I like being British.”
Rejecting the Queen: “It wasn’t specifically Queen E, but she knows. The thing that’s weird is I do get to keep both my British citizenship and this, but you have to renounce her. So, it’s kind of typically American — not to be rude — but I had to renounce her in the room but I don’t actually, technically renounce her. They were like, ‘Just say it. You don’t have to mean it, but just say it.’”
She became a citizen on the same day as the first Republican debate: “I became an American citizen recently, and that night, we watched the Republican debate and I thought, ‘This was a terrible mistake. What have I done?’”
First of all, I think Blunt has been trying to keep it light during the promotional trail and she’s been giving the same joke-y quotes about the GOP debate to a lot of different outlets. So, that doesn’t offend me. I’m not offended by her mixed feelings about having to renounce the Queen either. But the “I’m not entirely thrilled about it” thing bugged me a little. If you have those kinds of mixed feelings, why do it, especially when there are literally millions of people desperate to become American citizens?
Anyway, as you can imagine, Fox News has jumped all over her comments. Some FoxBot Blonde said “Well you know what, then why don’t you leave Hollywood, California, and let some American women take on the roles that you’re getting.” Someone said Blunt had just “Dixie Chick’d herself.” Welcome to ‘Merica, Emily!
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