Nicole Kidman on Trump: ‘I was trying to stress that I believe in democracy’


Nicole Kidman is currently promoting the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies, which she executive produced and stars in. She’s also promoting Lion, the film which will likely earn her yet another Oscar nomination. In the course of her promotional blitz, she was asked about the incoming President Baby Fists, and she said last week: “[Trump is] now elected and we, as a country, need to support whoever is the president. That is what the country is based on. And however that happened, it happened, and let’s go.”

While Kidman isn’t giving Baby Fists a ringing endorsement, the whole idea of just shrugging and going along is very privileged: that every American just needs to put aside every act of misogyny, every act of bigotry, every unhinged, disturbing statement and every suspicion that all is not as it seems. Nicole is rich, white and a dual citizen – when the going gets bad for the rest of us, she’ll be fine (or she’ll leave of her own accord). When Kidman was asked about that statement by the BBC, she tried to say more words. I’m not sure if this makes a difference?

Nicole Kidman is clarifying the comments she made about Donald Trump‘s presidency. The 49-year-old actress came under fire after she addressed the 2016 presidential election results in an interview with BBC 2’s Victoria Derbyshire.

“I just say, [Trump‘s] now elected, and we as a country need to support whoever’s the president because that’s what the country’s based on,” the Hawaiian-born actress, who was raised in Australia and has dual citizenship, said.

The call for unity fell on some deaf ears, with many on social media lashing out at the actress. But in a new interview with Access Hollywood, Kidman clarified her remarks.

“I was trying to stress that I believe in democracy, and the American constitution. It’s that simple,” she said. “I’m just, I’m out of it now. That’s what I said. It’s that simple.”

When speaking with the BBC 2, Kidman had said that she tends to stay away from speaking about politics. “I’m always reticent to start commenting politically,” she explained. “I’ve never done it in terms of America or Australia.” That said, Kidman did go on to say there were certain causes that inspired her. “I’m issue based,” she said. “I’m very, very committed to women’s issues.”

[From People]

Yeah, I believe in democracy too. I believe in the constitution. Which is why I don’t support Baby Fists and I have no desire to be passive and vaguely supportive during his time in office, however long it may be. One of the reasons why I believe in democracy and the constitution is because I believe democracy and the constitution will help us out of this mess… if and when Baby Fist is impeached and/or charged with treason. Also: no one who supports women’s issues should just shrug and wave the flag when Donald Trump’s tiny hands are grabbing Lady Liberty by the p-ssy.


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  1. rory says:

    Oh god, a Donald, Zoe-Donald, Jennifer-Donald and Nicole-Donald article.

    Too much.

  2. robyn says:

    Of course, she has a right to say whatever she wants. But a public figure should own it once they speak. She is dancing around her point. However, if she believes in “democracy” that simply didn’t happen this election, in my view, because Russia interfered as did the FBI in illegal ways. Now more than ever people must be vigilant and NOT accepting of this abnormal situation.

    • Kate says:

      If that’s the standard then democracy doesn’t exist.

      The Russian hacking is nothing new, they were just very open about it this time around. And god knows America does exactly the same, just as standard operating procedure. And if it’s not other nations it’s corporations.

      • MorningCoffee says:

        Kate, as much as I want to disagree with you, I just can’t. We do it all….the….time. The term “nation building?” What do we think that means? The clutching of pearls over Russia’s interference is a bit much for me. That being said, I think the FBI role in the election is far more disturbing. The cynic in me wonders if the intelligence community is pushing the Russian thing so hard as a “Look over there!” tactic to take the focus off of themselves.

      • CItyHeat says:

        Thank you, All this moral outrage about Russia “attempting to influence USA election” is hypocritical given the USAs track record in same across the world.

      • QueenB says:

        yeah if the usa didnt do this every tuesday the outrage worldwide would be greater.

        @MorningCoffee: “The cynic in me wonders if the intelligence community is pushing the Russian thing so hard as a “Look over there!” tactic to take the focus off of themselves. ”

        this for example: “Obama Opens NSA’s Vast Trove of Warrantless Data to Entire Intelligence Community, Just in Time for Trump”

        Obama generally has widened the power of the president. that shouldnt be forgotten. i dont know why he is doing this now knowing who will be next.

      • robyn says:

        This goes well beyond the “regular” expected hacking. Amid this extraordinary interference of the US election are the suspicions about what Russia has on Trump. I’m glad congress will investigate.

      • MariGold says:

        and honestly, the uncomfortable truth is that the democrats didn’t lose because of Russian hacking. They lost because they didn’t understand half of their audience and they ran with the the wrong candidate.

      • Megan says:

        Since when do two wrongs make a right? Because the US meddles in the elections of developing nations we deserve to have a fascist in control of the world’s largest economy and most sophisticated military? If I lived out the US I’d be just as frightened as those of us living in the US because Trump seems to be itching for war. As a first step he is going to dismantle as many peace keeping alliances as he can, starting with NATO.

    • S says:

      Well, America is a Democratic Republic, not a direct Democracy. If we were the latter, Hilary Clinton would be present by dint of receiving the most votes.

  3. Gaston says:

    With statements like that she won’t win the awards she’s nominated for lol.

    • CItyHeat says:

      Because it’s never been about talent anyway. Which makes the damn things meaningless.

    • arock says:

      i propose a her stylist institute a voting/vetting process for her clothes since shes such an advocate for democracy now

  4. CItyHeat says:

    Support him when he’s right, and throw all your advocacy into change when he’s wrong, Both will indeed happen. Wanting him to fail across the board out of petulance is insanity and dangerous.

    • Linda says:

      You are so right. I don’t understand people wanting a complete failure of the president of their country. Won’t that completely affect their lives negatively if he fails?

      • Esmom says:

        Lol. And you think if he succeeds it won’t affect people negatively? Maybe not you personally but there are plenty who will suffer under much of what Trump and his team is proposing. They’ve already begun.

      • Little Darling says:

        I don’t think anyone here wants the PEOTUS to fail. Next in line Pence, no thanks. Who else? Paul Ryan? No thanks? Whatever dude they put underground during important meetings a la Kiefer Sutherland…if he’s anything like the Cabinet PEOTUS selected, no thanks. Anyone surrounding PEOTUS in a close way, anyone who is chosen (and accepts) to work under his admin is going to do AWFUL things for our country* so, does it matter if PEOTUS fails, or people want him to fail? It’s ALREADY FAILING. He IS a failure.

        Have you seen the PEOTUS supporters who didn’t realize ACA WAS Obamacare? Failing them already.

        So, I don’t think it’s wishing him failure, golly, we’d all be happy if he could make ONE GODDAMN GOOD DECISION before he gets sworn in. But, nah. We are all watching this car crash of a movement and all we can do is brace ourselves. (*we* being sane, rational, empathetic, non racist human beings.)

        *if “country” is too Debbie Downer for the supporters or makes me a cry baby wanting failure let’s summarize by saying “do awful things to the LGBTQ community, the POC community, and women’s rights.” To start with. WHICH IS ENOUGH FAIL!!!

        As for Nikki K. She can take her one facial expression and have several fucking seats right back down under. NEXT.

    • Esmom says:

      “Wanting him to fail across the board out of petulance is insanity and dangerous.”

      If you honestly think all those who oppose him are being petulant — and I tend to think you know better — then you clearly haven’t been listening.

      • CItyHeat says:

        Wanting him to fail across the board for any reason whatsoever is insanity and dangerous. You can still vehemently dislike him when he’s right….but wishing failure at all times is just plain dangerous.

      • Lady D says:

        The current climate of fear he has induced in he POC community is just plain dangerous.

    • S says:

      I think you’ve confused the current climate with the one that greeted Barack Obama when he took office in 2008 and multiple Republican Senate and House members said it was their goal to make Obama a, quote, “failed President.”

      There is no glee in watching Trump torpedo our nation’s ideals, international safety, economy and citizens’ rights. I don’t “want” him to do any of the batsh!t crazy things he’s suggested: like build a boondoggle, crazy expensive and utterly useless wall on our Southern border; rip actual health insurance AND the protections of the ACA (insurance guarantees for those with pre-existing conditions, limiting costs for the sickest amongst us) away from tens of millions of Americans in order to give massive tax cuts to the .1%; starting a trade, or actual, war with China; colluding with a dangerous, despotic dictator in Vladimir Putin; limiting the access and freedom of the press; giving Neo Nazi’s, AKA the “alt right”, a voice in the White House; gutting the EPA to pander to polluting industries; backtracking on climate standards that could help preserve a future for our children’s children; deregulating Wall Street to put us right back into the economic environment that preceded the financial crash that almost lead to another great depression; rolling back Roe v Wade; gutting our public education system in favor of religious right home schoolers and science deniers; defunding Planned Parenthood, the only healthcare available to more than half the women living at or below poverty in this country; increasing voter suppression of minorities; rolling back civil rights progress; creating a Muslim registry; reinstating torture which both lowers our world standing and increases danger for our military and diplomatic corps abroad; defaulting, aka “renegotiating,” on U.S. debt which could not only destroy our country’s economy, but would almost certainly lead to a new world war; dismantling the Medicare system our seniors rely on and have paid into all their working lives; enriching and promoting himself and his family through the Office of President in direct contradiction of the U.S. Constitution he is sworn to defend; gutting public housing funding, therefore putting the most vulnerable American families, including millions of children, out on the street; further weakening are already insane gun laws; condoning racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic laws, institutions and speech, making America a coarser, less admirable and more dangerous nation.

      I don’t “wish” for ANY of those things to happen, they’re what are actually happening right now. Trump has promised, condoned, endorsed and championed ALL of the above with his words, his tweets and his appointments.

      This isn’t a fantasy “what-if” scenario; This is real life. I’m not gleeful that President-Elect Trump is turning out be just as awful and, yes, deplorable as Candidate Trump … I’m scared witless.

      • CItyHeat says:

        Also to Little Darling…

        Then advocate when he’s wrong. But he won’t be wrong about everything, ABout many things, yes. But let’s not forget: federal aviation contractors reducing expenses is good. US Auto industry jobs remaining state side is good,

        I’ve seen posters here wish for abject failure, impeachment, Alzheimer’s and death. And that scares me in what it says about us as people. It’s definitely a case of pot , kettle, black.

        Besides, Pence and Ryan are worse.

      • S says:

        So far, he hasn’t done one “right” thing that I, or anything else with actual sense, can think of. The Carrier job “save” was already in the works, and involved a very high tax credit for a very low number of jobs. Even if you give Trump 100% credit for it, it was, in his own vernacular, a “bad deal.” Sure, it was positive for the 600-700 (the number from Carrier keeps declining) who get to keep their jobs, at least in the short term, but a terrible precedent to send to other companies that can now hold the government hostage for ever larger tax breaks with threats to move, with the added benefit of no financial downside to them if they change their mind and move jobs anyway.

        Every single other “announcement” of “saved jobs” that Trump has trumpeted, have been announced and published long before his election. The companies go along with it because, why not, they curry favor with the President-Elect AND get positive publicity, what’s not to love?

        “Federal aviation contractors reducing expenses is good” … OK, but that hasn’t occurred, nor is it, realistically, likely to. What did happen was that a company’s stock dropped dramatically; a move that actually could have benefitted Trump personally, as every tweet he makes now moves the stock market, punishing his “enemies” and potentially lining the pockets of himself and his friends. You can’t “tweet” at a company to lower costs and make it so. That’s not how governance works.

        The price of the F-35 and a new Air Force One are, at this moment, just ballpark estimates. They’re still in development, and being developed to the standards of the Air Force under contracts already signed. Defense contracting is a major source of government waste, but it’s also a primary source of economic assistance in the form of jobs, so the waste is often tolerated, because representatives don’t vote against contracts that will benefit their distracts. No matter how bloated, contracts almost always get support in congress, particularly those already in process, as cancelling them means job loss, which could mean no reelection.

        If Trump does something good, I promise not to ignore it, but he’s no sign so far of doing anything even non-harmful or vaguely reasonable, let alone a net positive for the majority of American citizens.

    • Molly says:

      Well said

    • lucy2 says:

      Well said. I’ve been saying similar – I hope things go well, but I am not at all optimistic, and it’s important to push back on things that are going to cause harm.
      If by some miracle they come up with a better healthcare system that covers everyone and costs less? AWESOME. Seriously, go for it.
      If they…

      ….and I’m out of campaign promises that were positive things.

  5. Aiobhan Targaryen says:

    “Going along to get along” is no longer an option. In fact, it is completely un-American seeing as how this country came to be in the first place.

    • minx says:

      Exactly. I’m glad that she got called out on this.

    • original kay says:

      That’s true. The first arrivals of “white folk” sure didn’t get along along with the natives now, did they?
      How absolutely correct you are.

      Happy Thanksgiving, my a$$

  6. MostlyMegan says:

    Someone ‘very, very committed to Women’s issues’ would perhaps be better advised to call on Trump to support women, not the other way around.

  7. ell says:

    i think part of the problem is the fact we assume these actors are well read, but only because we see them on screen doesn’t mean they have enlightening opinions. in fact, i’d argue that many of them sound completely uneducated, and due to their privilege they probably don’t even bother with current news.

    that said, i’ve been a big fan of nicole since i watched dogville as a teen (she was SO good), and i never thought of her as ignorant. i get the feeling she’s just trying not be controversial and optimist by saying what she’s saying, but since it’s a touchy topic it comes out wrong. i don’t necessarily disagree with the notion that it happened, it sucks, let’s make the best of it, but when you’re dealing with stuff like trump or brexit… well, can you really make the best of it?

  8. Balea says:

    Nicole doesn’t seem to have any problems with dictatorship.. but maybe it’s just me who thinks like this. ^^

    • Josie says:

      lol. no, she doesn’t appear to. especially dictators with small things on their person. small man, small hands…

  9. Renee2 says:

    This woman is out of touch. One of her kids is biracial; does she not understand how difficult his life would be if he wasn’t insulated by wealth, privilege and the bubble of Scientology???!!! I would suggest that he is still subject to racism but his head is probably too far up his ass to recognize it.

  10. justsaying says:

    Wait until Trump grabs one of your daughters by the pu$$y.

  11. nemera34 says:

    This is not the time to be passive and play along. There is just too much at stake. And to pretend that we are standing behind this sack of poo is not going to happen. I will NEVER EVER support this man. I will not pretend that he is the right person to lead this nation. If Nicole feels that way.. fine.. but I sure as hell don’t have to. Germany did that an look what happened. Dictators want you to have the mindset that Nicole has. They want you to be passive and accept.

    We have to learn from past mistakes.

  12. Ramona says:

    Nicole, like Zoe, is just stupid. Democracy isnt a static moment at the ballot box, it involves holding those elected accountable and not having to wait four years to do it. So for instance, if you ran on a promise to drain the swamp and your nominees comprise of lobyists and corporate CEOS then we get to call you out. What you see now Nicole, is democracy in motion.

  13. Skippy says:

    I believe Nichole is entitled to her opinion.
    Best wishes to her.
    But I also believe it my duty to fight Jabba the Trump and not be a passive bystander. I think he is a fascist and tyranny must be fought.

  14. Sam says:

    Why bother asking Hollywood about politics, it is all racist, misogynstic etc in it self.
    How many of them really support non white actors or better roles for women or avoiding stereotypes or whitewashing.
    While I enjoyed Meryl’s speech she also supports a actual child rapist.
    I find it hard to tell the difference between Trump and the Roman Polanski guy.

    They are all “Do as I say, not as do”

  15. Fiorella says:

    She’s less than 6 degrees from trump via Wendi her friend or former friend . Note that she’s still not saying anything rude about him

  16. Merritt says:

    I don’t have to support any politician. Especially one who lost the popular vote by the biggest margin ever and someone who needed Russia to interfere with the election.

  17. Rocio says:

    I like the dress she’s wearing. Is it Dior?

  18. kodakay says:

    Where does she dig up her clothes? That “dress” is awful! It’s not flattering in any way.

  19. Little Darling says:

    This got me heated for some reason, and I’m not sure why. She can live and work in the US, have dual citizenship and also not be affected by the results of this election in the slightest. To say anything in public about the politics of this election, while having those credentials, is showing how out of touch these celebrites are. How out of touch she is.

    She’s saying I don’t know enough about how my adopted children would fare in PEOTUS’ world had they not been adopted by my ex husband, and I don’t care to learn, because golly gee That’s what she is saying with this. We need to be cool about it. This woman adopted two brown kids and she can’t see the irony in her statements?

    She needs to boomerang those thoughts right back to some education about what is really going on under the PEOTUS. and how we can’t just “go” with him without being dragged by our ankles to the back of the pick up truck he’s driving to the swamp.

  20. Saks says:

    I mean if she doesnt really care about politics is fine, but I wont give her pass for saying such tone deaf things. I remember the year she won the Oscar, among all the controversy during the Iraq invasion, she said something like “yeah, the show must go on…”

    • JulP says:

      Ugh did she really? That’s disappointing. I’ve always been a fan of Nicole’s acting, and she seems like a really kind, genuine person, so it’s sad to learn how ignorant (or maybe just callous) she actually is.

      • lucy2 says:

        I’ve always had the impression she’s a nice, kind person, and maybe she just really isn’t interested in politics. Despite all the craziness lately, a lot of people just check out and don’t pay attention, or don’t believe it will really matter either way.
        If that’s how she is, that’s fine, but she should really avoid public comment then.

  21. African Sun says:

    Nicole was so incredible in The Others.

    No comment on Trump comments.

  22. JulP says:

    I love Nicole, but she should really just stop talking at this point. You’re not supporting democracy and the constitution by blinding supporting a man who is openly flouting both and who is guilty of colluding with a foreign (hostile) government to get elected. Supporting Trump is akin to supporting the destruction of this country (and, possibly, the rest of the world).

    I also love how Trump isn’t even hiding the fact that he’s a Russian plant. Trump is buckling down on dismantling NATO (which is exactly what Putin wants) and lifting the sanctions on Russia. I guarantee those were the terms Putin gave Trump in exchange for meddling in the election. And, as soon as the sanctions are lifted, Putin and Exxon-Mobil will be free to start drilling for oil in Crimea. I’m sure Tillerson, Putin and Trump will all share in the profits.

  23. Sarah says:

    People seem to be confused as to what democracy is. Democracy isn’t move along and just accept it. Democracy is being involved, practising free speech and putting pressure on our leaders. There are so many people who just say get over it it’s a democracy. No being involved is a prerequisite for a democracy, what’s dangerous is complacency and lack of voting.
    As long as people aren’t trying to violently overthrow a government they have every right to speak up, march, organise and campaign. That is their democratic right.

    This just shows how illinformed the majority of Americans are about the democratic system.

  24. Keaton says:

    I’ve noticed that alot of people misunderstand why so many of us are still angry and resistant to Trump. They think we’re just sore losers or big Hillary fanatics or simply in denial about Hillary’s loss. That’s simply untrue but perhaps Nicole is one of those people.

    I’ve accepted that the orange jackass won using the rules of the system. I’m not in denial. Yes he is the President of my country. But that doesn’t mean I need to fall in line like a lemming and support him. I support the system. I’m disappointed as hell in the results of the system this time and I’m extremely concerned about the future under this orange dictator. But I support and respect our system of government. That’s as much as you’ll get from me Nicole.

    RE: Nicole I love her as an actress and I’ve always thought she was fairly intelligent. But her Trump comments strike me as very glib and shallow.

    • S says:

      “Get over it, you lost” or “Let it go, it’s over” are reasonable responses to a sporting event your favorite team failed to win or an argument you had with your sister in 7th grade.

      As @Sarah said, dissent is patriotic. Protesting government action you disagree with is kind of our country’s thing. Suppressing protest, quelling voices of dissent … Those are, undeniably, unquestionably and unarguably, the actions of a dictator. Full stop.

  25. Izzy says:

    When a puppet is put into the White House by a fascist dictator on the other side of the world, it is no longer democracy, so no, we should not believe in or support THAT.


  26. Ruyana says:

    Well, apparently trump doesn’t believe in Democracy. He’s more into fascism and with almost every utterance he reveals his complete ignorance of the contents of the Constitution.

  27. SUSAN says:

    I don’t like her clothing style. She dresses like a young girl and she’s almost 50. It’s ridiculous. And she’s not very bright.

  28. Greentea says:

    Personally I’m easy on showbiz ppl who don’t want to mix their business with politics. Most of us probably go to work every day and avoid talking about politics, and so our livelihoods aren’t tied to the outcomes of political disagreements. At the same time, Nicole is extremely privileged, wealthy, and can retire overnight if half the population starts hating on her because she spoke out against Trump.

    However, admittedly Trump is an extreme case where it’s kind of normalising misogyny and racism, etc. So I applaud those like Meryl Streep and many others who are happy to speak out about it

    • Greentea says:

      In addition, these showbiz ppl have other people “relying” on them for their livelihoods – agents, make-up people, managers, etc. They also endorse stuff and I’m willing to bet Nicole’s vitamin, cosmetics, etc contracts require her to maintain a level of public appeal.

  29. ash says:

    i just want to say had this been a candidate of color or woman…. invalid claims and re-election efforts would be a collective concerted initiative on ALL FRONT….there would be no let’s unify, their would be succession serious efforts or rebellion talk…. inside vapid hollywood wax faces say, let’s stand behind a man who thinks it’s quite ok to grab women by their genitals…. Nicole, enough from you.