Actress Eva Longoria Trashes 'Dangerous' 'Extremists' Who Oppose Obama
Actress Eva Longoria appeared on Tuesday's Jimmy Kimmel Live to trash the "dangerous" "extremist movement" that opposes Barack Obama. The Desperate Housewives star became just the latest celebrity to smear the Tea Partiers.
Longoria didn't directly identify the group as the target of her anger. However, she made her point clear, fuming, "...[Obama] keeps getting beat up lately because there's such an extremist movement happening and it's a very dangerous." [ MP3 audio here.]
The actress continued, "For me, it's very dangerous because it's not the character of America. It's really under attack." She added that Obama has governed in a "state of emergency."
The TV star began by defending, "...I'm a big Obama supporter no matter what he's been through. He's been beaten up the past couple of years."
There seems to be an unusually similar style of venom coming out of Hollywood in the last few weeks.
On the September 23 Piers Morgan program, movie star Morgan Freeman spun the Tea Party as saying, "Screw the country. We're going to whatever we do to get this black man, we can, we're going to do whatever we can to get this black man outta here." "It is a racist thing," he concluded.
The day before, on September 22 edition of the same show, actor Alan Cumming excoriated Tea Partiers, saying their fiscal issues only serve to cover up "a lot of real homophobia and racism."
While hosting the September 18 Emmy Awards, actress Jane Lynch mocked, "Yesterday my daughter had a tea party with her little friends and it was so cute. They complained about taxes, called Obama a communist and wondered how the Latina kid got in?"
A transcript of the September 28 Jimmy Kimmel Live exchange can be found below:
EVA LONGORIA: But you know what, it's a special privilege to meet our commander in chief.
JIMMY KIMMEL: Sure, yeah.
LONGORIA: And, you know, I'm a big Obama supporter no matter what he's been through. He's been beaten up the past couple of years.
KIMMEL: Did you tell him that?
LONGORIA: I did.
KIMMEL: And was he receptive?
LONGORIA: Well, he's been very receptive for me, because I'm a big advocate for Latino issues. And, so, he's been a big listener and he's done a lot of coalitions and a lot of round tables regarding what we want changed and-
KIMMEL: When you say he's a big listener, you're making fun of his ears?
LONGORIA No! No! You know, he keeps getting beat up lately because there's such an extremist movement happening and it's a very dangerous- For me, it's very dangerous because it's not the character of America. It's really under attack. And he's been governing in, like, a state of emergency since the time he went into office so we haven't really seen him do what he can do.
LONGORIA: What are you? A Democrat, Republican, independent? What? What's going on?
KIMMEL: I'm Italian-American. And German and Irish.
LONGORIA: And German and Irish. You're a mutt.
KIMMEL: You know, I don't like to say, honestly. Because, then, I think people think that jokes come from a certain standpoint when the truth is we have a lot of writers here who are various things and who try to get their things in and I just read them. [Laughs.]