Thought Police: Robert Downey, Jr. Learns that Expressing You are Not a Liberal Makes You a Target

Robert Downey Jr

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Actor Robert Downey, Jr. learned that openly expressing that you are not a liberal makes you a target during an interview with Krishnan Guru-Murthy for Britain’s Channel 4. Although Downey was supposed to be promoting his new movie Avengers: Age of Ultron, the interviewer kept venturing away from the movie into very personal aspects of Downey’s life.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Mainly, he focused on a statement that Downey made during an interview with the New York Times back in 2009 when he said, “I have a really interesting political point of view, and it’s not always something I say too loud at dinner tables here, but you can’t go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Mirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come out a liberal.”

Continuing his reference to his 3 year jail sentence stemming from violating probation on drug and weapons charges during a dark and tumultuous time in his life, the actor at that time added, “You can’t. I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone else, but it was very, very, very educational for me and has informed my proclivities and politics ever since.”

Starting at approximately the 4 minute mark, Guru-Murthy begins to question Downey about this statement and the fact that he said he was not a liberal. Despite efforts to steer the interview back to a promo about the movie, Guru-Murthy is relentless, seeming intent to get down to why Downey said he was not a liberal.

This delving into his personal life and possible political leanings continued for the remaining 3 minutes. After that time, Downey brought the interview to an end when, at the 6:20 mark,  he was asked questions about his father and his relationship with him. Based upon his facial expressions and his breathing pattern, it would not be a stretch to say that this line of questioning had gone too far and Downey was downright angry and agitated.

h/t Newsbusters[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Jennifer Burke
Jennifer Burke
Jennifer is a Co-Founder of PolitiStick and the Editor-in-Chief. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a certified teacher with 12 years experience in the classroom. Jennifer attended what is credited for being the first modern-day Tea Party rally in the country in the Seattle area and from there emerged as a powerful speaker and writer within the movement. While still in Washington State, Jennifer was selected to be a member of the second graduating class of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute (JDLI), a program which identified future conservative leaders. Jennifer worked as the National Outreach Director for one of the largest conservative groups in the country and served as Managing Editor and writer for what quickly grew to become one of the top 15 conservative sites in the country. She brings to Politistick a passion for the fight for freedom for current and future generations.
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