Actor Jon Voight blasted Hollywood celebrities for working to “de-legitimize” President Trump by protesting during the inauguration festivities over the weekend, calling the conduct of his movie-star colleagues “treasonous.”
“It’s been very serious and very destructive, this marching against the government and against the president,” Voight told celebrity website TMZ in Beverly Hills on Tuesday. “It’s very, very serious.”
TMZ asked Voight if the protesting was demonstrative of what freedom of speech and the First Amendment is all about.
“It is what the First Amendment is about,” Voight replied. “But what was the march about? The march was about — it was against this government and against the president. Trying to denigrate his office and his presidency, and that’s no good.”
Voight, the father of actress Angelina Jolie, said some of the outspoken celebrities are setting a dangerous example for their thousands fans.
“When you see the young people, like Shia LaBeouf and Miley Cyrus, they have a lot of a lot of young people that are looking at them, what are they teaching them? They are teaching treason,” Voight warned. “They are teaching going up against the government, not accepting the will of the people on this presidency.”
“It’s a very sad day, really,” he added. “This Hollywood group, it’s a very sad thing for me to witness what they’re doing. But they have a lot of influence, it’s a huge amount of influence.”
LaBeouf can be seen in footage that was streamed on the day Trump was sworn in as president getting physical with a Trump supporter.
Shia Labeouf melts down and gets physical with a counter-protester. This is now the second time he’s done this. pic.twitter.com/LJU7usDfj6
— Just Call Me Mister (@MisterMetokur) January 22, 2017
The footage was captured on a livestream project LeBeouf launched Friday titled He Will Not Divide Us. The project consists of attaching a camera on a wall located outside New York’s Museum of the Moving Image that will be livestreaming via the website for the duration of Trump’s presidency.
Cyrus, an outspoken supporter of Hillary Clinton during the presidential race, took part in the anti-Trump Women’s March in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Voight, who is cast to a role in the forthcoming biopic about President Reagan, spoke in support of Trump the day before the inauguration at a rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
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