Hugh Jackman: Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner have ‘always been so kind & generous’

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A few weeks ago, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attended Hugh Jackman’s 50th birthday party. As it turns out, Hugh and his wife have been friends with Javanka for years, and they didn’t bother to cancel that friendship when Javanka went Full Deplorable. Ordinarily, I am not eager to criticize foreigners for not knowing the nuances of American politics. Hugh Jackman is Australian, of course he doesn’t know everything that’s going on here in America. Except he spends tons of time here and he makes lots of movies in America and he even celebrated his g-ddamn 50th birthday in New York. HE KNOWS. He knows what Jared and Ivanka are all about. And he just doesn’t care, because privilege. Hugh appeared on The View this week and he was asked about his Javanka friendship. This is what he said:

“They’ve always been so kind and generous,” he said, and recalled Ivanka’s “kindness” when she wrote his late mother-in-law Fay Duncan a handwritten letter when she won the Order of Australia medal for her charity work.

“People question, ‘Really?’ And I’m kinda like, ‘OK, let’s say your friends of 15 years’ father became president. Whether you agree with the politics or not, do you just dump your friends?” Jackman said. “I’m like, ‘no, no you don’t.’ I don’t understand that.”

[From ABC News]

Let me ask that question another way, Hugh. Let’s say you’ve been friends with someone for 15 years and everything has always been peachy keen, then suddenly your friend takes a job with her father’s fascist administration, and sits there smugly complicit while babies are thrown in cages and sexual predators are put on the highest court in the land. Let’s say your friend of 15 years still insists on working in and profiting from an administration that actively aligns with white supremacists and Nazis, and even helps radicalize them even further to violently attack your friend’s many enemies. What would you do then? Would you sit there and excuse your friend, or would you say “bitch, you’re not my friend anymore”?

The Javanka section is around the 16 minute mark:

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  1. jan90067 says:

    Sorry Hugh, but you’ve fallen WAY down to the bottom of the heap. You know the old saying: “You can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep.” There is NO WAY I would be/am friends with anyone who believes/does the horrible things that Daughter-Wife and Ball-less Ken Doll does. If you can be, you can’t be *my* friend. NOT sorry!

    • Roux says:

      He sounds like a moron. Even if you don’t cut them off completely, you certainly distance yourself from them and don’t say nice things about them on TV. Why would you be friends with people like that?

      • BlueSky says:

        He can be friends with them because he’s rich, white, and none of this personally affects him.

      • Raven says:


        But it dose affect his son, which Hugh dosen’t seem to be thinking about.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        “Even if you don’t cut them off completely, you certainly distance yourself from them and don’t say nice things about them on TV.”

        or invite them to your 50th bday party which got a LOT of media coverage.

        bye, Felicia.

    • Jane says:

      Used to love him, but now I see him in another way. Sorry Hugh, you just lost a fan. Your movies on DVD are going to Good Will.

    • SilverUnicorn says:

      He is an idiot! Cancelled, definitely.

  2. Lydia says:

    Just ugh.

    Also, is he dumb? These people might be in serious legal trouble at some point. Does he really want to be associated with that?

  3. Lana says:


  4. Lotal says:

    Gross Hugh. Make better friends

  5. minx says:

    STFU Hugh.

  6. Marjorie says:

    He’s in so much trouble and he has no idea. He will never win an Oscar, which he wants so much he even named his son Oscar.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Yeah that’s what I though when I read this – the Trumps have never been popular in HW even before the orange one ran.

  7. Lambe says:

    Isn’t that nice that he’s friends with the First Fascist Family?

  8. meme says:

    #byehugh #cancelled

  9. ValiantlyVarnished says:

    Wow. I always hoped there would never be a reason for me to cancel Hugh but thjs might just be it. There seems to be a real blindspot with white Australians actors in this country when it comes to racism and politics. Nicole Kidman’s tone deaf comments about Drumpf when he was first elected comes to mind. Perhaps because racism in Australia is so casual. My question for Hugh is this: Will he still be all about his friendship with these two when they get indicted?? Or he will he somehow be able to suddenly justify no longer associating with them??

    • Sydneygirl says:

      @valiantlyVarnished Can you stop with the generalisation of Australia and Australian’s please? You’ve said this on the previous Jackman post as well. It’s utter bollocks.

      It’s like saying all Americans are like Trump. How would that go down? So spare me this BS.

  10. arlene says:

    Hugh sounds like an oblivious moron, or like that’s his intent. I don’t care how well or how long you’ve known someone; if they are complicit in supporting a tyrant, you don’t remain their friend unless you’re okay with ignoring what wrong they are doing. Hugh must be an awful person. I wouldn’t be surprised if he and Ivanka got it on by the looks of them together in pictures.

  11. Arpeggi says:

    They are active members of this administration, not just mere relatives of POTUS. Their job is to normalize the administration (and profit as much as possible from it). Isn’t Jared involved in the cover-up of Khashoggi’s murder because he’s such a good pal with MBS?

    All that are more than enough reasons to cancel a friendship.

    • noway says:

      100% this. If Javanka stayed in NY and didn’t participate in the whole shenanigans it would be a bit more understandable. They both have their fingers deep in the administration. Honestly, I would understand being friends with Eric Trump more, even though he says some of the dumbest things. Normally I get being friends shouldn’t change because of this, but seriously, Trump is very different. We need to stop trying to lump him in with all crazy political friendships. Trump is just so much worse.

      • Raven says:

        I disagree about being friends with Eric because Eric is a blatant racist and Hugh son one of those brown and black people that Eric and his family hates so much.

    • lucy2 says:

      This. And this is no normal “I disagree with their politics” administration.

    • BabyJane says:

      Meanwhile, on another CB post, commenters are lauding Michelle Obama for her praise of GWBush. Something ain’t right here.

      • KidV says:

        Yeah, I don’t get that either. I don’t think it’s a big deal for her to be seen at Presidential functions being friendly and funny with him, that’s still part of the job, but dude is a war monger. He also made calls to Republicans to confirm Kavanough (or however his named is spelled). Bush is not a nice, sweet guy.

      • Arpeggi says:

        In that other post, I and many others said that this “nice, sweet, funny man” Michelle is talking about is a war criminal and that it cannot be forgotten no matter how awful the current POTUS is. I understand smiling at him at public functions, it’s part of the job. I wouldn’t go to his daughter’s TV show to praise him though, even if I have a book to sell, that’s pretty awful. Most of those that criticize HJ also side-eye Obama for her comment

      • Jessica says:

        Let’s not act like Bush is an active white supremacist. Apples and oranges here.

    • holly hobby says:

      A lot of Jarvanka’s NY society friends dumped them as soon as the current regime started doing terrible things. There were articles about that.

  12. Zapp Brannigan says:

    Hey Hugh,

    Maybe take a little moment out of your day to ask your friends what they really think of poc, you know like your son, maybe ask what policies they are putting in place to target poc, you know like your son. Maybe take a moment to look your son in the face and explain to him why you are aligning yourself with people who actively hate people who look like your son.

    Be best!

  13. Div says:

    Damn it, Hugh. Javanka themselves are horrible, it’s not just Trump, and Hugh has all the freedom to call it out—he’s an actor, criticizing them won’t hurt his career or ruin him.

    It’s not like he is Queen Elizabeth, Meghan and Harry, Michelle Obama, or someone who has to try and stay non-partisan for tradition/protocol/etc.

  14. Natalie S says:

    Hugh Jackman is a social climber. He doesn’t care about anything beyond that. There’s a whole social circle that Javanka are part of and I think he can’t just distance himself from them without it affecting his friendships with other terrible people.

    Natalie Portman is also a social climber but she seems to get that Javanka are done. She was on Colbert’s show gleefully distancing herself.

    • holly hobby says:

      Last time I checked Jarvanka’s social circle abandoned them. They were getting shunned in NY. Only Hugh is too stupid to see that.

  15. AnnaKist says:

    Horrible, horrible people. That includes you, Hugh. Ugh.

  16. TW says:

    Bummer. I always really liked him. We have mutual friends and he’s always seeemd down to earth and very nice. But his privilege is showing, and it’s ugly. This could have been an oppprtinity denounce the administration or at minimum certain acts by this administration.. But he didn’t. Very telling.

  17. Helen says:

    the way he answered that question was utterly disingenuous and he knows it. he knows it’s not about “his friend’s father becoming president,” but her active complicity in her father’s fascism. never would have figured hugh jackman to be so scummy.

  18. Gigi La Moore says:

    So, those on this board are no longer talking to friends and family who support Trump? I’m asking sincerely.

    • Darla says:

      There are definitely some, but I would really like to point out that I do not accept the premise of your question. There is a difference between those who support trump as president, and those who are involved with this presidency, and I have to say, ESPECIALLY in light of the horrific murder of the WAPO journalist, which Jared is involved in on some level. Whether just the coverup or worse, he’s involved.

    • Mia4s says:

      @GIGI this goes waaaaaay beyond not speaking to people supporting Trump. She WORKS for Trump. She works for an administration that kidnaps and puts brown children in cages….brown children like Hugh and Deborah’s son. She WORKS for them. Big difference. I wouldn’t care if he was friendly with Tiffany Trump. Why? She’s not working for fascists!! Hugh is either an idiot to not see the difference or just doesn’t care. Either way, he’s gone way way down in my books.

    • Veronica S. says:

      Honestly? I have. I cut them out because they weren’t just the kind to sign anything with an “R” next to it. I told them off because they’ve begun parroting his racist, misogynistic talking points, and I find that most of the people I gave some slack to after 2016 have begun doing the same if they haven’t turned on him yet. Some people would rather sink lower than admit they were wrong – or maybe that’s who they really were all along, and I didn’t want to see it. But I won’t associate with it. That’s not who I am.

      Hugh has the resources and the capability to leave the country, so this isn’t a pressing issue for him. But unfortunately, it is for me.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        I’m with you. yup, cut people from my life who are MAGATS.

        no loss and has made my life more pleasant.

    • Gigi La Moore says:

      I asked a question but it is being turned into attempting to challenge my motives or tell me how it is different. Not seeking an argument, just wanted to know how people are addressing things in their personal life. I will say that there seems to be some justification going on from everyone who answered but Veronica.

      • L says:

        Have you been reading all the political posts on this site? A lot of commenters on this board have cut people out of their lives – real friends , Facebook friends and family members. There have been multiple discussions about it over the last year.

    • Arpeggi says:

      It’s not just a case of people being friends with Trump supporters though, it’s a case of people being friends with people that actively work for the Trump administration and profit heavily from their position. They’ve been meddling with foreign countries to make Trump POTUS. Jared has been working to downplay the horrible plan to murder Khashoggi, pushing that he wasn’t a good man in the 1st place, that he probably got killed accidentally in a fight and so on while evidences of a well-planned, approved-from-the-top assassination were piling up. He and his wife are complicit.

      So yeah, I’d have no problem ditching people that are overhead-deep into the Trump administration, I wouldn’t even hesitate, I’d cut contact before it got there. And I would never, ever say people whose actions in this administration has turned so many lives into a nightmare are kind and generous. There was no generosity in putting babies in cages, there was no kindness in the muslim ban, they’ve created a trade war while trying to sell their brands in Asia, they are monsters.

      • Gigi La Moore says:

        I disagree. I don’t see it as any different because the regular people on the ground are who put this guy in office. That’s just my take on it.

    • KidV says:

      I don’t speak to my family members who voted for Trump. I’ve unfollowed them on FB, I won’t see them over the holidays, etc. I don’t want my name or any photos associated with them.

      I told my brother I hope he’s happy when his grandkids in the future Google his name and see all of his crap on FB about Libtards, etc and he’ll have to explain why he supported an ignorant, racist administration. History isn’t going to be kind to this administration nor to anyone supporting it. And the internet is forever. I laugh thinking about that.

    • holly hobby says:

      This has nothing to do with differing political opinions. Those two work for that administration. They are actively promulgating the policies of that administration. They are enriching themselves through their positions in that administration. Plus don’t forget the journalist that the Saudis killed. He was on that hitlist Dickless Ken provided in exchange for $$$.

      So it’s different than picking a party. They actively promote nazism, jailing children and murder.

      They are not the hapless Bush girls – who did not work for the govt during their time at the WH.

  19. Lightpurple says:

    Then he can pay for Nagini’s upcoming African safari

  20. Sojaschnitzel says:

    “They’ve always been so kind and generous” – so was Adolf Hitler. Especially to animals and children. Just ignore that he was not so kind to the jewish part of the country. No problem. Nothing to see here, please move on. #eyeroll

  21. Genessee says:

    Why the disappointment? He is a good performer, but that’s it. He’s not politically active, probably because he’s Australian and (as a smart move) for his career, so why does everyone assume he’s “woke?” Has it ever occurred to anyone that maybe he is also “a deplorable?” That he believes in the same things/supports what Javanka and co. do? Not everyone in the Entertainment industry is a liberal/progressive/woke — nor do they have to announce if they aren’t, especially international stars.

    • Veronica S. says:

      I agree that this is the danger of projecting admiration onto celebrities. On the other hand, it is awfully lacking in self-awareness and basic PR to sing their praises publicly right now. Karlie Kloss got married to a Kushner, but she hasn’t been foolish enough to bandy about their association like it’s not big deal. But I suppose that’s part of your point – he’s a famous, rich white guy, what could he possibly have to lose in the long run?

  22. Marjorie says:

    Haha, it seems that ABC is pulling the video of the interview from as many sites as they can. Whoops!

    I think “Kind and Generous” means that Ivanka has paid him appearance fees.

    So done, and he was pretty much my favorite movie star.

    • Raven says:

      Wow really It sounds like Hugh PR team/ management are terrified of what this is going to do to his image. Too late.

  23. ClaraBelle says:

    Natalie Portman was friends with Jared too, during their Harvard college years. But she’s astute enough to see him for what he is now. On Stephen Colbert’s show she said:

    “…there’s not a lot funny to say about someone you were friends with becoming a super-villain,”

    Of course Jared refers to losing friends these days as “exfoliation”.

  24. KidV says:

    With all of the photos on the internet of him with Javanka he’ll eventually be known as a Nazi/White Supremacist sympathizer. His kids/grandkids will have to deal with that. That’s the nature of his horror.

  25. Bruhilde says:

    Ghey on closet
    Brazilian Ken doll said they flirted

  26. Michel says:

    At least now no one is talking about your being in the closet, Hugh! But still: buh-bye.

  27. Leesa says:

    Does it seem weird to anyone else that they’ve been friends for 15 years, when Javanka would have been 22, and Hugh and his wife would have been 35 & 47?

  28. gingersnaps says:

    Bye Hugh.

  29. SM says:

    Well said. It’s not like your friend just happens to have a criminal as a father. Of course that is not a reason to dump your friend. But when your friend is complicit in his crimes, that is the whole different story. Or maybe he doesn’t know the meaning of the word complicit, just like his good friend Ivanka?
    Also people are sayojg it is the same thong as Michelle Obama saying a nice thing about Bush. No, it’s not. First of all they became close when Barack was elected President. So she was never that friend that could come up to him and challange him about his decissions and his choices. Second of all, Bush is a dump, privileged legacy President woth blood on his hands. He made a lot of bad political choices, he however did not try to overthrow the American democracy and the European order. He was lying but he did not use deception as his main way of doing politics. All politicians lie, but they submit to the rules, whether this one will rather drive the country into a civil war that admit defeat. This is different

  30. JustSayin' says:

    He is also friends with Rupert Murdoch

  31. themummy says:

    Well, dang. Hugh is now cancelled. Buh-bye, Hugh!

  32. virginfangirl says:

    I’m sure even Hitler was nice to someone. That’s too bad, I didn’t take him as a person so self centered who lacked empathy for others, but sure enough he is.

  33. Olenna says:

    Dude, you ain’t never coming off my shit list.

  34. pupax says:

    No, no, no, no, no, no Hugh. You cannot separate yourself from politics, especially being famous. Not acting, is an action too. Just being photographed with these people, you send a signal and you are taking a stand. You have to make a choice. Disappointed.

  35. Mina says:

    Maybe he chooses to believe his friends’ version of what’s going on with them other than follow the media and people who only know them from afar? Are you seriously criticizing someone for not breaking up old friendships for political differences?

    • whatWHAT? says:

      there aren’t two “versions” of what’s going on, Mina. kids are being separated from their parents and put in cages. Nazi’s are being called “very fine people”. white supremacists are being welcomed to the administration with open arms. our environment is being destroyed – pristine protected lands opened up for mining and drilling. Long time allies turning away from us. it’s a WHOLE LOT MORE than just “political differences” as has been pointed out over and over on this thread.

      it comes down to being on the right side of good and evil. Javanka are active participants in this approaching-a-dictatorship administration we have. Jackman chooses evil, so we choose to say “bye Felicia”.

  36. holly hobby says:

    If you’re friend is a Nazi lover and traitor to the country, you would drop her. This isn’t about disagreeing on politics. She full out supports all the horrible policies this asshole is doing. Not to mention Dickless Ken gave the Saudis the hit list in exchange for $$$. Hugh should ask that poor journalist all about this. He can’t why not? Because we can’t find the body!

    Cancelled Hugh. You are cancelled. I put you right next to Tiny Tommy. Will never watch anything from him again.

  37. Amelie says:

    Yuck, I hope he doesn’t even get nominated for an Oscar! He’s a total social climber who just cares about money, fame, and connections. It’s pretty obvious that he is supporting Donald Trump.