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George Clooney Takes Aim At Donald Trump Over Calling Meryl Streep ‘Overrated’

January 11, 2017 | Posted by Joseph Lee

As we previously reported, Meryl Streep spoke out against President-elect Donald Trump at the Golden Globes, citing an incident in which he mocked a disabled reporter. Trump responded by calling her an “overrated” “Hillary flunky”. Now George Clooney has stepped up to defend her.

When asked about it by People, Clooney joked: ““I’ve always said that about Meryl,” Clooney told PEOPLE sarcastically. “She’s maybe the most overrated actress of all-time. She and I worked together on Fantastic Mr. Fox as husband and wife and I will tell you even as a fox, a female fox, she’s overrated.

Then he had a question for Trump. He asked: “Aren’t you supposed to be running the country?

In a more serious note, Clooney was then asked about using his fame to bring up political causes. He added: “The only reason that people who are well known should be involved in these kinds of things is when no one knows about them. I remember getting involved in Darfur in 2005-ish and part of the reason was that it wasn’t being talked about. I can’t change policy, but I can make things louder. I can help them make it louder — they’re the filmmakers, the brave ones and the White Helmets are the heroes, so if I can help them out at all and people can know about it, in any way possible, then that’s a good use of celebrity, I think.

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