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Kellyanne Conway, senior counselor to the president, took on Hollywood and criticized what she deemed the “unfortunate” politicization of entertainment and sports during an interview on “Fox & Friends” on Monday.
The comments came the morning after the annual Emmy Awards, which featured a surprise appearance by former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and a series of jabs at President Donald Trump.
“Your takeaway from yesterday’s three hour celebrity – I don’t know – political rally?” “Fox & Friends” host Pete Hegseth asked Conway.
“It did feel that way,” Conway began. “It’s the sameness – they got plucked and polished and waxed and some of them didn’t eat for two months and all for what? To sound the same?”
Conway argued that pop culture – from sports to film – is becoming increasingly politicized, and that the goal is to dictate how people think.
“Between the Emmys, the Miss America pageant was very politicized. Our sports are very politicized,” she said. “It looks like the ratings are suffering, it looks like America is responding by tuning out. Because they want you to stick to your knitting, I guess in this case read other stuff other people write for you. They’re welcome to their opinion but how does it really fit?”
Conway warned Hollywood that it’s “alienating” vast segments of the country who support the administration and the president’s agenda.
“You’re alienating at least 63 million Americans who supported this president last time and you’re alienating many more who want the president to succeed and you’re showing the world that you’re so easy with an insult about our leader,” Conway said. “I think that’s really unfortunate, actually.”
But Conway approved of Spicer’s appearance at the awards show, telling the Fox hosts she’s happy her former colleague is capable of taking the ridicule he often received on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
“This is something that a lot of folks in Hollywood sometimes lack, which is introspection and good humor,” Conway said.