Susan Sarandon apologizes for comparing police funeral to ‘fascism’
Actress Susan Sarandon issued an apology on Friday after catching flack over a tweet that compared a funeral procession for a slain New York Police Department (NYPD) officer to “fascism.”
The “Thelma & Louise” star shared an image earlier this week showing thousands of NYPD officers lined up in Manhattan to honor NYPD Detective Jason Rivera. The image was captioned, “This is what fascism looks like.”
Sarandon included her own message with the image.
“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 was promptly criticized for her comments, including by various police-affiliated groups, one of which slammed her as a “D-list actor.”
In a Friday tweet, Sarandon addressed the backlash, saying she “deeply regrets” her post.
“I reacted quickly to the picture without connecting it to a police funeral and I realize now how insensitive and deeply disrespectful it was to make that point at that time,” she wrote in a statement.
She added, “I sincerely apologize to the family of Officers Rivera and Mora for causing additional pain during their time of grieving.”
Officer Wilbert Mora was killed alongside Rivera while the two were responding to a domestic disturbance call in Harlem last month.
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