Hollywood leftists are often quick to blame previous Republican administrations – most notably George W. Bush – for the ills currently plaguing America. For at least one actress, however, the true blame for one such issue lies with a president whose initial term began more than 35 years ago.
Long heralded as a heroic figure among American conservatives, Ronald Reagan became an object of ridicule for Susan Sarandon in a recent PBS interview. Sarandon appeared on Tavis Smiley to promote a documentary her son produced to share stories of homelessness.
When asked if the issue is still applicable in today’s America, Sarandon ventured off on a retrospective journey through the 1980s.
“I think that the conversation changed around the Reagan era,” she said, “where everything was your fault; and so you were blamed for not trying hard enough, for drinking, for drugs, whatever.”
She went on to compare the conservative approach to dealing with homelessness to her recollection of how AIDS patients were treated in the disease’s early days.
“Just like in the AIDS epidemic,” she declared, “the focus went on your lifestyle as opposed to what was actually happening.”
The social media reaction to her comments was largely critical, with many users questioning why her opinion matters at all.
“I wish media would stop giving these Hollywood idiots & hypocrites a voice,” one comment read.
Another accused Sarandon and other dyed-in-the-wool leftists of holding on to their “scapegoats” even when “what they’ve been blamed with turns out to be a lie!”
Is it finally time for the left to stop blaming Ronald Reagan? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth