Susan Sarandon highlights Australia’s refugee crisis on social media

Susan Sarandon loves to debate social issues on social media. Just read some of her tweets and Facebook posts and
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Susan Sarandon loves to debate social issues on social media.

Just read some of her tweets and Facebook posts and you know her viewpoint and interests in a lot of issues.

But now she’s taken up the cause of Australia’s refugee crisis, sharing a New York Times article on the issue on her Facebook page.

“The world’s refugee crisis knows no more sinister exercise in cruelty than Australia’s island prisons,” the actress wrote, quoting the article.

The article, titled Broken Men in Paradise, tells the story of some of the refugees living on Australia’s offshore detention centres on Manus Island.

“Australia, like Europe but on a much smaller scale, faces a genuine dilemma: What to do about desperate migrants trying by any means to gain asylum? ” the article states.

“Their journeys across the world have fuelled rightist movements in many developed societies. Anxiety, whether related to jobs or terrorism, is high and, as Donald Trump demonstrated, scapegoating is effective.”

The article also compares Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to Donald Trump, and mentions his recent comments about Lebanese Australians.

So, why are we talking about this?

Well, some of Sarandon’s fans have slammed her for even mentioning the article, describing her as “naive” and telling her to “get off the high horse”.

“What a load of bullshit. They live better than some Australian people, every thing they need they get.” one fan wrote.

“Another load of Hollywood crap, as if the world hasn”t had enough of you over payed over opinionated dullards. You know nothing about these camps.” another posted.

One fan also went so far as to call the 70-year-old actress a “bitch” and another wrote “I spit in your face you phony”.

Other fans have offered unfair criticism of all Australians, tarring us all with the same brush.

“Australians are cruel, racists, and still take Aborigene children from their families (sic),” one fan wrote.

But for all the criticism, there’s also support from Sarandon fans.

Some Australian fans have thanked the actress for highlighting the issue.

What do you think about this? Should celebrities be criticised for speaking out about issues?

 

  1. RICHARD BAYSINGER  

    don’t let the bastards scare you Susan. I’v never felt more embarrassed to be an Australian.

  2. Celebrities have as much right to criticize the Australian government about their “refugee policy” as anyone else. Perhaps more so. Perhaps the population and the politicians may take a little more notice of them than they would of my criticisms. Every voice that speaks for these people is wonderful. The government has imposed harsh penalties on any professional who has been or is, associated with them. If there was nothing wrong, there would be no censure-ship.
    The refugees have no voice of their own. Let us all speak for them.

  3. Guy Flavell  

    Yes, celebrities have every right to comment on important issues. I wonder though that this
    stance by Ms. Sarandon may not just be repeating the lies about Manus and Nauru that are
    constantly being forced down our throats by the dishonest money-grabbing ‘refugee’ advocates?

    • Jenny Zagroon  

      Hi Guy,
      I’m not a money-grubbing anything. I simply work for a living like many other people but because I happened to work in one of the ,off-shore camps, (on Manus Island) I KNOW the absolute horror and terror of life there. There is often not enough water to drink in the intense heat and humidity, the food served up is more often than not not fit for a dog, many of the Wilson guards constantly abuse and degrade the men, the toilets and showers are constantly wet, stinking cesspools of infection and disease and if the men do venture out of the camp they are very often subject to muggings and robberies by young, local, unemployed men on the prowl for cash, clothes and mobile phones…You need to go and get a dose of reality mate (Go and get a job over there and see how long you last as a (real) money-grubbing Wilson/Border Force b—-d) before you start pretending to know what it’s like. You need to see if you could live, as a captive, in that vile and violent place for even one day… Most of the men are sick, many very sick. Many, many are suicidal. Depression and despair are everywhere you look. Best to know before you speak…

      • Guy Flavell  

        Jenny, thanks for your response. If the conditions on Manus are as you describe
        then this is NOT a situation I would agree with. So, it’s an untruth that these illegals are being
        housed in quite reasonable accommodation for tropical conditions? It’s also untruthful that
        they have air-conditioning, free clothing, cash allowances, free meals and free comprehensive
        health care? Surely this is not a Nazi style concentration camp type environment as many of do-gooders are suggesting? And surely the internees could get off their butts and clean up the
        mess they leave in their own ablution blocks? If they’re happy to live in their own filth then
        ‘worry b’long them’.

        I lived and worked in PNG for three years during the 80s and agree that it’s difficult climate
        to live with and that the danger of muggings by the ‘rascal’ element is rife. However, these
        people have been confined on Manus and Nauru because they are criminals who have
        attempted to sneak into Australia illegally. I firmly believe that your claims are totally
        exaggerated and designed to try to convince gullible readers that they (like you) should be
        ashamed to be an Australian. Thank heavens the majority of people in this country are not
        so easily fooled. YOU AND YOUR BLEATING MATES MAKE ME SICK !!!

        • Jenny, Guy is a rusted-on and can’t comprehend the truth as it doesn’t suit his agenda. He pretends to be a normal, polite human being then always shows his true colours. It always stuns me that people who have or do, work in these places, with nothing to gain (money grubbing refugee advocates don’t exist, it’s laughable) from telling the truth, are disbelieved. And if they’re told ten thousand times that asylum seekers are NOT illegals, it still doesn’t sink in. It simply doesn’t suit their sense of disdain for vulnerable human beings, their cruelty towards fellow humans, and it offends their sense of superiority because they happened to be born in a fortunate place instead of an unfortunate one.

  4. Eveline Goy  

    It is much easier and more comfortable to demonise the refugee advocates and those who agree with them than to face up to the fact that we have a serious situation about mass displacement of people across the globe.The Australian government’s policy towards refugees is hideous and unconscionable and anyone who criticises it, denounces it, or defies it, is only doing the right thing in trying to uphold human rights. I applaud all people who take an interest in, and have a commitment to human rights. We have never before sunken so low. It must stop now.

  5. She should focus on trying to fix issues of concern in whacky America eg: racism, gun laws etc, and keep her nose out of Australia’s concerns.

    • So you don’t think the cruelty dished out to vulnerable people (many of whom are bombed out of their homes by a coalition of war-mongers including Australia) is a world wide concern, K? So we shouldn’t make comment on Trump or Obama? Sheesh.

  6. Ray  

    Well done Susan. It goes to show how the world is focused on our arrogant Immigration Minister and the cruel policies of the Australian Government. I’m ashamed to be an Australian.

  7. Cathy Howat  

    I came here legally from NZ in 1982, why cannot they arrive legally too?

    • David Gordon Hill  

      It isn’t actually illegal to seek asylum

    • Jenny Zagroon  

      Hi Guy,
      I’m not a money-grubbing anything. I simply work for a living like many other people but because I happened to work in one of the off-shore camps, (Manus Island) I KNOW the absolute horror and terror of life there. There is often not enough water to drink in the intense heat and humidity, the food served up is more often than not, not fit for a dog, many of the Wilson guards constantly abuse and degrade the men, the toilets and showers are permanently wet, stinking cesspools of infection and disease and if the men do venture out of the camp they are very often subject to muggings and robberies by young, local, unemployed men on the prowl for cash, clothes and mobile phones…You need to go and get a dose of reality mate (Go and get a job over there and see how long you last as a (real) money-grubbing Wilson/Border Force b—-d) before you start pretending to know what it’s like. You need to see if you could live, as a captive, in that vile and violent place for even one day… Most of the men are sick, some very sick. Many are suicidal. Depression and despair are everywhere. Best to know before you speak…

    • Cathy. Far out. It’s difficult to be pleasant about such an ignorant comment.

      • Guy Flavell  

        Cathy, well said. Yourself and the hundreds of thousands of legal immigrants over the past
        50 years have made Australia a wonderful multicultural country. As will the present Government’s
        immigration policy … especially if priority is given to the countless horribly persecuted Christian
        Middle-Eastern families. Just ignore those imbecilic comments by that Jennifer creature.

  8. Susan
    Proud of you
    They are in a living nightmare
    You are todays Jand Fonda before she found plastic fantastic and sold her soul

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