Cheryl Hines’s Hollywood friends do not support her bonkers anti-vaxx husband

In April, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. launched his presidential campaign. Kennedy used to be a somewhat respected environmentalist and, of course, he has that famous name and pedigree. Unfortunately, in recent years, RFK Jr’s whole deal is “being anti-vaccine.” He’s one of those people – he uses his platform to promote an anti-science, anti-medicine, anti-common sense agenda. He’s ranted about 5G and how the youths are shooting up schools because they’re on benzos and he even dragged Anne Frank into his ranting. Apparently, Silicon Valley is already lining up behind him, which should give you some idea of just how out-of-touch Silicon Valley’s money guys are.

Kennedy is also married to actress Cheryl Hines and he’s using his wife’s Hollywood connections to make some inroads with the Hollywood donor machinery. Although it looks like he’s going to have a harder time in LA. Well, this week, the NY Times did a completely overwrought piece called “Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Wants to Be President. Cheryl Hines Is Along for the Ride.” In the sub-head, the Times asks if Hines is “normalizing his often dangerous ideas.” So, I didn’t read the whole thing – it’s really long and repetitive – but from what I did read, Hines basically wants everyone to stop asking her about her husband. She wants to just pretend his whole deal isn’t happening. She doesn’t want to answer for his dangerous ideas, and she would just rather be a working actress and be married to someone who isn’t a raving lunatic.

It seems clear RFK Jr. will need Ms. Hines, who is in the unique position of being more recognizable to some voters than her candidate husband, to help soften his image for those put off by his crusade against vaccines and history of promoting conspiracy theories, such as the false narrative that Bill Gates champions vaccines for financial gain.

“I support Bobby and I want to be there for him, and I want him to feel loved and supported by me,” said Ms. Hines, who is a registered Democrat. “And at the same time, I don’t feel the need to go to every political event, because I do have my own career.”

Friends keep checking in on her. Elections can get ugly, and Mr. Kennedy’s campaign, seemingly by design, will put him in contact with many of this country’s more unconventional voters.

In an interview with Breitbart News Daily — Mr. Kennedy has appeared frequently on right-wing cable shows and podcasts — he said, in response to a question that involved the phrase “cancel culture,” that Ms. Hines’s career had already suffered because of her support for his candidacy.

Ms. Hines clarified: “I haven’t lost any jobs because of my support for his candidacy, but there was a project I’m involved in where there was a pause for discussion about how his candidacy might affect what we are doing but it has been resolved.” Mr. Kennedy added that so far, “I feel a lot of support and love from most of her friends, including Larry.” (In a text, Mr. David clarified: “Yes love and support, but I’m not ‘supporting’ him.”)

[From The NY Times]

Larry David is the one who introduced Kennedy and Hines, so it’s extra-funny that he’s being so grumpy about how he absolutely does not support Kennedy’s whole deal now. I mean, these kinds of political-opposite marriages sometime happen between famous people and I always wonder if the couples actually talked about all of their political views before they got married. I can understand being swept up in romance and you’re riding the wave of hormones and pheromones, but do people get married without ever talking about “so, do you believe in vaccines?” Or “who did you vote for?” Or “do you think Anne Frank’s name should be invoked in your war against 5G?” Granted, I don’t think Kennedy was THIS bad when he and Hines first met, but holy sh-t, I would be out of there so fast.

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  1. Tulipworthy says:

    I am not sure how and if you can love someone when you hate their values and what they stand for.

  2. WiththeAmericann says:

    How can she be married to this guy? No way I’d be okay with loving someone who is actively suggesting people endanger themselves based on lies.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    As an environmentalist he was great. He should have stuck with that. His anti-vaccine stance is awful, he is also an HIV/AIDS denialist, and he’s been cozying up to a host of right-wing pundits.

  4. Rnot says:

    I predict divorce soon. She won’t be able to stomach his public craziness splashing back on her.

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      She’s going to have to Taylor Swift him pretty quickly if she hopes to preserve her own reputation.

  5. HeyKay says:

    Bonkers is right!
    She knew who he was when she married him.
    His treatment of his Ex wife was disgraceful.

    I would distance myself from him also if I was a celeb friend of Cheryl.
    No reason at all to get drawn into his crazy stuff.
    Larry David, perfect statement. Yes, love and support. I don’t “support” him. LOL Just so great. 😁

    For all the good work on civil rights JFK and RFK did, the next generation of Kennedys have not done much.

    I don’t think the Kennedy name will carry RFK, jr. any farther along.
    No way would Caroline come out in his campaigning.
    IMO, she is the last of the Kennedys with weight.

    • atorontogal says:

      I came to say this exact thing. His poor wife, was treated horribly by this man, driving her to suicide.
      Cheryl was already with him at this time, I believe (correct me if I’m wrong). She gets no pass from me.
      He wasn’t a good person then and a leopard doesn’t change their spots.
      He is showing exactly who he is now – NOT a good look for Dems!

      • Dawn says:

        Oh, Cheryl claims they were “separated” when she first got together with Bobby. I wonder if his wife was aware of that.

        He’s a cretin.

  6. Mel says:

    Slate ran an entire article devoted to how his family can’t stand him. Oh well…

  7. mellie says:

    Hopefully any voters out there that think they are voting for RFK/JFK ideals do their research and realize this guy is a nut job and not one and the same!

  8. HeyKay says:

    It will be interesting to see how far he gets in the campaign.

    Unbelievably, I have a cousin who called me, telling me the goofy story that Trump knew JFK, jr. was still alive and he was going to come back to assist Trump in saving America. She actually believe this rot.

    These days, politics is just a What Next? situation.
    I can not really see him getting support past the name recognition.

  9. Jaded says:

    I had to work with him back in 2010 or 2011 and he was a nightmare. He was the keynote speaker at our annual conference. To give you some context I was working in the education sector at the time and his keynote address was to be about the value of affordable post-secondary colleges. First, he was late to meet with the CEO and her senior team. Second, he was rude. Third, when it came time for him to speak he went completely off topic and started ranting about everything but the value of post-secondary education. Then when it came time for him to leave for the airport his staff hadn’t booked him a limo so we had to scramble to get him a cab while he was bitching us out about how he was going to miss his flight. A total jerk. I cannot for the life of me understand why Hines married him — I guess it’s for the Kennedy cachet but I think as his campaign ramps up she’s going to find it hard slogging.

    • Another Anna says:

      I mean, Larry David is also an asshole, although it’s probably less yelling and more ridicule from him. Hines may just be comfortable with that kind of anger, which is sad in and of itself.

      RFK Jr. is basically the uber nepo baby. Notice how he’s running for president; not senator, not representative, not any other kind of office to prove himself as a capable politician first. That makes me think he has a very simplistic view of the presidency. Where are his relationships, where is his governing coalition? I don’t see anything to demonstrate that he has thought about this campaign any further than “I’m running for president because I’m a Kennedy and Kennedys run for president.”

  10. salmonpuff says:

    I briefly worked with him in his environmental days. The way people around him kowtowed to his every whim and praised his every move was gross. He struck me as an egomaniac then, and I doubt he’s changed much. However, he had a charm about him, and if he was interested in getting you onside, he would turn on the charm full force.

    • JanetDR says:

      That is so interesting @ Jaded, @SalomonPuff!
      My impression of him during his environmental time was very positive. Although that was awhile ago, I bought his book for my children so it was decades ago.

  11. lucy2 says:

    So I listen to Cheryl’s podcast with Tig Notaro, which is hilarious and fun and interesting, and I really like Cheryl because of it. I feel a little bad for her in this situation, it seems like he has really gone off the deep end the past few years, and I think most people know someone who has done similar, between the politics and the pandemic, and conspiracies. I do remember her clearly saying she got the covid vax, so I imagine there’s a lot of disagreement there, and she doesn’t want to be dragged into that. My guess is that everyone, Cheryl included, is hoping his campaign is short lived.

    • Kate says:

      I’m with you. Cheryl is so likable and listening to their (her and Tig’s) podcast gives you the impression that’s she’s really struggling with his increasingly crazy positions. She’s repeatedly said that her husband’s views are not necessary hers and was very vocal about the seriousness of Covid and being vaccinated.

  12. SunnyDays says:

    I just can’t cut Cheryl much slack here. She’s helping him, whether she wants to or not. Cute petite white blonde woman with fake boobs, a dimpled smile….I mean, what else do the crazy nut jobs that are going to vote for him want? I can understand it’s complicated for her to just pack up and leave but I also can’t respect her for staying.

  13. tealily says:

    Before 2020, it’s possible that the vaccine conversation wouldn’t have come up unless a couple was planning to have children together, or if it did, she could have brushed it aside as not terribly relevant to their marriage. I honestly thought in early 2020 that the pandemic would be the thing that would finally bring the anti-vaxxers around to see the value of vaccines. I, of course, couldn’t have been more wrong. But they were already married by that point. Maybe she didn’t realize he was crazy until too late. I bet they’ll get divorced after he withdraws from the race as a failure.

  14. ROO says:

    I know he’s just a distraction candidate, but I can’t figure out what people think he would bring to the table? The Kennedy name is not a huge deal amongst the younger voters, and his sensible days as an environmentalist are long-overshadowed by his crazy anti-vax stand. How can he be considered a threat to the Dems?

  15. D says:

    I didn’t know he was running until I saw 2 signs in my town saying “I’m a Kennedy Democrat” and I had to look up what that meant. I’m not sure there are enough crazies in the Democratic Party but maybe he can dip into the MAGA crowd.

  16. Dawn says:

    Cheryl can’t pretend she didn’t know he was bonkers when they married. If she didn’t know his views when they met, she would have learned them soon afterward. They weren’t a secret.

    They married in 2014.

    Jr has been a vocal antivaxxer since at least 2006.

    There was an article published in Slate decrying his antivaxxer activities in 2013. A similar article in Forbes published in 2014.

    His own family finally published an op-ed begging him to stop spreading lies in early 2019, because of the measles outbreaks our country suffered due to antivaxxers.

    Cheryl knew his “beliefs.” She just didn’t care.