by John Hawkins | April 23, 2003 11:59 pm
Robbins Backs Lott Reinstatement By Rip Rowan: Tim Robbins, best known for his strong anti-war stance, has come out strongly in favor of returning Trent Lott to his position as US Senate Majority Leader.
Lott stepped down from that post after critics blasted his comments at Strom Thurmond’s 100th birthday party. At that party, Lott said, “When Strom Thurmond ran for President, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have all these problems over all these years, either.”
Lott’s gaffe was interpreted by some as a pro-segregationalist comment.
“To punish people for their beliefs is to acknowledge our democracy’s defeat,” said Robbins. “Now that I hold very unpopular views, I sympathize with Trent Lott. I know what he feels like. Therefore, I am leading an effort to reinstate him.”
Robbins continued, “Any instance of intimidation to free speech should be battled against. Any acquiescence or intimidation at this point will only lead to more intimidation.”
Fellow anti-war activist Susan Sarandon took the opportunity to distance herself from Robbins’ statements.
“Tim is well-intentioned, but wrong,” said Sarandon. “The fact is, there are good positions and bad positions. People with good positions, like supporting motherhood or opposing the war, should never suffer repercussions from people who disagree with them. People with bad positions, such as people who disagree with me, should be labeled Nazis and impeached.”
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