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While speaking to journalists at the Venice Film Festival to promote their new thriller The Burnt Orange Heresy, Mick Jagger and Donald Sutherland criticized the Trump administration’s disastrous climate policies and condemned him and other nationalist leaders for “ruining the world.”
The film festival has seen protests by young environmentalists, hundreds of whom mounted a sit-in on the red carpet this weekend. When asked for his thoughts on the activists, Jagger replied, “I’m absolutely behind that. I’m glad they’re doing that because they’re the ones that are going to inherit the planet.”
We are in a very difficult situation at the moment, especially in the U.S., where all the environmental controls that were put in place, that perhaps were just about adequate, say for the last ten years, have been rolled back by the current administration so much that they’re all being wiped out. The US, which should be the world leader in environmental control, has lost that and has decided to go the other way.
“Mick is right when he said the reforms that were instituted during the Obama administration were barely adequate, and now they’re being torn apart,” agreed Sutherland. “It’s the same in Brazil, and they will be torn apart in England. They have to fight harder, and they have to get as much support as they can. And I also understood that there were also people with respect to immigration out front? They too need every support that they can muster.”
Jagger and Sutherland both have supporting roles in Giuseppe Capotondi’s art thriller, which screened at the festival. In the film, Jagger plays a welathy art collector and Sutherland a reclusive artist. The Rolling Stones frontman is a veteran Trump critic—in July he made fun of the president’s references to Revolutionary War-era “airports” during a concert in Massachusetts. Sutherland, long vocal about his political views, has compared Trump to segregationist George Wallace.
“When you’re my age, when you’re 85 years old and you have children and grandchildren, you will leave them nothing if we don’t vote those people out of office in Brazil in London in Washington,” said Sutherland. “They are ruining the world. We have contributed to the ruination of it, but they are ensuring it.”