Susan Sarandon says NYPD funeral example of ‘facism’
Actress Susan Sarandon is facing backlash over a Tuesday tweet in which she compared a New York Police Department (NYPD) funeral to “fascism.”
The “Thelma & Louise” star shared an image originally shared by podcaster Danny Haiphong that poked fun at the funeral procession for slain NYPD Detective Jason Rivera. The picture shows thousands of officers gathered together on 5th Avenue in Manhattan to honor Rivera, who was killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call, according to CNN.
“This is what fascism looks like,” the text accompanying the photo reads, with the hashtag #abolishthepolice.
Sarandon retweeted the image, adding her own caption.
“So, if all these cops weren’t needed for CRIME that day, doesn’t that mean they aren’t needed ANY day,” she wrote.
Sarandon’s post immediately drew backlash, including from various police groups.
“This is what privilege looks like: a wealthy actress, safe in her bubble, mocking heroes & making light of the crisis that cops are battling alongside our communities,” wrote the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York.
The National Fraternal Order of Police also condemned her words, slamming her as a “D-list actor.”
“Of all the days for @SusanSarandon to share her true feelings towards police, she picks the day we bury our fallen brother to make such inflammatory & brainless comments,” a tweet from the police union reads.
Sarandon has been outspoken against the police throughout the duration of the Black Lives Matter movement.
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