Wonder Woman 1984 actor Chris Pine recently appeared on Variety’s Actors on Actors where he sat down opposite Netflix’s House of Cards actress Robin Wright. In a clip released by Variety, Pine questions whether President Donald Trump’s slogan Make America Great Again refers to Jim Crow or slavery.
One of the main conversations was about Wright’s House of Cards show. Pine started the House of Cards conversation by asking, “House of Cards is obviously so reflective of the political world in which we live. Is it hard to live in that space for four to seven months a year?”
Wright responded, “In the beginning, it was hard to actually face. Oh God this is reality. We’re actually doing reality, not just entertainment. And it was so symptomatic of the culture we live in to make this kind of template behind the iron curtain of what goes on. And we weren’t too far off. It was so predictive if you think about it. Remember, we were shooting that stuff a year before.”
Later in the conversation would bring up the idea that “you hear in conspiracy circles that corporations are running the world. In the final season, it’s not all that Skull and Bones-y. It’s actually just -”
Wright would responds, “It’s the business.” She added, “But I think that is how it’s always worked, maybe in every country. It is this theory of “Let’s do a little bit of bad to get a little bit of good done.”
That’s when Pine would delve into the idea of Make America Great Again.
In the clip, Pine begins, “This is I’m sure maybe too political for this, but I always think this idea of Make America Great Again.” Wright interjects, “Didn’t he steal that from Reagan anyway?”
Pine continues, “But I also too, what period of history are we talking about? Jim Crow? Slavery? Plantation masters? I’m not quite sure…This is not to hate on the country which I live, which I love obviously dearly. But we’ve had problems forever and ever and ever. It’s whether we look, I don’t if we are in the shade or the light.”
Wright concluded, “You should have finished the sentence, ‘Make America Great Again since dot-dot-dot-dot.”
— Variety (@Variety) June 7, 2019
What do you think of both actors’ views on the slogan and in general their feelings toward American history? Do they have a point, or are they failing to comprehend the idea that pointing to the best qualities of a nation as a means to unite a country is a time-honored tradition in the American political landscape?