Susan Sarandon took to Twitter and made the claim that highly-attended funerals for cops killed in the line of duty prove we really don’t need the police at all. That anti-cop sentiment caused a big backlash for the celebrity.
Susan Sarandon sparked controversy with her anti-cop sentiments. The Thelma & Louise star sparked outrage among the pro-cop crowd when she used her Twitter platform with hundreds of thousands of followers to criticize highly-attended funerals for officers killed in the line of duty.
“Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon sparked fury on social media … when she compared morning cops at an NYPD officer’s funeral to fascists,” Daily Mail reported. “On the eve of Wilbert Mora’s funeral, she tweeted a picture of [the] funeral procession on Fifth Avenue for his slain partner Jason Rivera with the caption: ‘I’m gonna tell my kids this is what fascism looks like.’ Above that photo, flames surrounded a question: ‘So, if all these cops weren’t needed for CRIME that day, doesn’t that mean they aren’t needed ANY day?”‘
The Dead Man Walking actress, who lived in the upscale New York Chelsea neighborhood for three decades until 2020, has been historically critical of the NYPD. When former Mayor Bill de Blasio lauded the NYPD for their “tremendous restraint overall” during George Floyd protests, Sarandon tweeted, “Shame on you de Blasio.” In 2016, Sarandon was part of a Black Lives Matter protest. “If my son goes out with a hoodie on, he’s not afraid, and I’m not worried,” Sarandon told the New York Post. “That’s not the same for others. We don’t act as if black lives matter.”
When the “Defund the Police” movement sprung up, the actress was initially the biggest celebrity to endorse it. “Susan Sarandon is the most prominent celebrity so far to call for defunding police forces, echoing a similar demand by the Sunrise Movement, a far-left climate-change activist group,” Breitbart reported. So, when the Bull Durham star posted that anti-cop tweet, criticizing cop funerals and claiming we no longer need law enforcement, the backlash was brutal.
“Unfortunately, most of us cannot afford gated communities or hilltop mansions with state of the art security in Stamford like you Susan,” wrote Joe Botti. “We need and appreciate the officers that keep us safe.” Twitter user @stevebromike posted, “People who say ‘cops don’t prevent crime’ have to be some of the most naïve people of all time. Every single city that has defunded their police has seen a sharp rise in almost all crimes. If you don’t think that’s correlated you are literally just stupid.”
“Honestly, what is wrong with you? Do you have any idea the nightmare that is NYC right now?” wrote an impassioned Twitter user. “New Yorkers are terrified by the surge of crime, all because of people like you thinking abolishing the police is would solve anything.” One pro-police user blasted Sarandon, writing, “It [is] the logic of a three-year-old. I suggest she does the duties of a cop for a year and then let’s see how fascist she thinks they are. Cops protect little children, rescue those in distress and vulnerable everywhere. All she does [is] talk for a living.”
Susan Sarandon is well-known for her activism. According to Yahoo, the Stepmom star joined a rally outside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s office calling for “Medicare for All,” saying that she was “losing hope” in the lawmaker. Sarandon shouted through a bullhorn, calling for better leadership from “The Squad.”
The former Bernie Sanders supporter also made her views clear when she joined the People’s Party. “I want a party that guarantees racial justice, economic justice, a livable climate — now that we’re in a catastrophe right now, free college, a decent wage, all of those things, and so I’m joining the People’s Party,” Sarandon said. The People’s Party’s “utopian” platform proposes “an Economic Bill of Rights that would guarantee employment, food, clothing, leisure, a living wage, housing, healthcare, social security, and [free] education.”