Don't get it twisted — Zoe Saldana is no fan of Donald Trump, but she does believe that his victory as president-elect had a lot to do with Hollywood's attacks against him.
"We got cocky and became arrogant and we also became bullies," she told AFP. "We were trying to single out a man for all these things he was doing wrong... and that created empathy in a big group of people in America that felt bad for him and that are believing in his promises."
“I’m learning from [Trump’s victory] with a lot of humility,” the 38-year-old Live By Night actress added.
Saldana's comments quickly put Twitter in an uproar, where many bashed her for defending Trump and forgetting that the president-elect had been bullying people throughout his entire campaign.
— Luis Burgos (@Vorykua72) January 14, 2017
Zoe Saldana, so ur defending Donald Trump now, ur the exact opposite of what Nina Simone represented & this is why no 1 wanted u 2 play her pic.twitter.com/PcWJ3UOiXw
— Skin of Becky♐ (@IKilledBecky) January 14, 2017
@zoesaldana Please take several seats with your Hollywood bullies crap. The rise of this despot is way bigger than you & your famous friends
— Veronica McGonicle (@VronicaMgonicle) January 15, 2017
Zoe Saldana said hollywood bullied trump but trump has been bullying people all over the United States
— Justin (@JUSTlNW) January 14, 2017
before you tell people to stop bullying Trump he should stop he is the nastiest man ever “Zoe Saldana
— france bouchard (@francebouchard5) January 15, 2017
Were the Dominican and Puerto Rican star's words taken out of context, or was the backlash somewhat warranted?
We think it's important to define the term bullying first. According to Merriam-Webster, a bully is someone who is habitually cruel, insulting, or threatening to others who are weaker, smaller, or in some way vulnerable. While we absolutely adore Zoe, we have to admit that perhaps saying "we became bullies" wasn't the best way to describe it.
What many did do was call out Trump for actually being the bully and a hate monger in numerous instances:
Exhibit A: The time he referred to Mexicans as rapists and criminals, while announcing his presidential bid.
Exhibit B: When he thought it was okay to mock a reporter's disability.
And the list goes on and on...
Holding someone accountable for these actions is certainly not bullying, but rather calling them out for wrongdoing. Saldana also noted that it created empathy for our president-elect, but where was their empathy for those he down talked or treated poorly? Food for thought...