Eternal Hollywood heartthrob Robert Redford has a new film out, All Is Lost, and the actor also has a novel take on the current partisan crisis gripping America — kick the bastards out. Just the male ones.
Robert Redford is now 77, and he’s seen decades of American politics — and he thinks that one uniting thread mars all the problems we’ve had. Penis.
No, really! Redford believes that fear of new things and prejudice are at the heart of recent turmoil, and he also thinks that replacing male politicians with female ones could solve a lot of those issues out of the gate.
Speaking of the idea that a mostly male legislature is holding us back, he says of the ladies, the ladies:
Give them the reins… I think they can do better than we have.”
Redford spoke to CNN not only about his new movie, but about the current debacle in Washington — he riffs:
“It’s so divided now with the people that are so narrow and so limited that they would take us back into the past… And I was trying to figure out, why are these people behaving so stupidly? Why are they behaving so horribly that it’s crippling our whole country?”
The famed actor continues:
“And I think it has to do with fear. I think it’s a group of people that are so afraid of change, and they’re so narrow-minded that some people — when they see change coming — get so threatened by change, they get angry and they get terrorized, and then they get vicious. I think that’s who these people are. They’re so afraid of change that they’re behaving miserably.”
Observing what he says is a President who is unable to do his job, Redford muses that the “worst of it is it is paralyzed by intention,” adding:
“There is a body of congressional people that wants to paralyze the system. I think what sits underneath it, unfortunately, is there’s probably some racism involved, which is really awful… They wanted, if it meant destroying the government, anything to keep him from succeeding.”
“I think just the idea of giving credit to this President, giving him credit for anything, is abhorrent to them, so they’ll go against it. Never mind that it’s the better good of the people, never mind that they’re supposed to be in office representing the interest of the public. They’re representing their own self-interests, which is very narrow and in some cases bigoted.”
Robert Redford says that while he doesn’t mean specifically Hillary Clinton, he does think that a larger swath of females in politics might solve some of the gridlock.