Actress Natalie Portman is the latest celebrity to randomly bash a member of the Trump family. This week she appeared on CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (of course) and called President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a supervillain. Is this how adults speak now?
Portman and Kushner were friends up until the 2016 election apparently when Hillary Clinton supporter Portman decided she couldn’t be in the friendship anymore. How sad to let politics control your friendships. She must live in a particularly delicate Hollywood celebrity bubble. The two were Harvard classmates, graduated in 2003, and even attended each other’s weddings.
Portman was on the guest list when Kushner married Ivanka back in 2009 in New Jersey, and the pair returned the favor and attended the Big Sur 2012 wedding when the actress married Benjamin Millepied in 2012.
Kushner got a degree in government from the Ivy League institution, while Portman majored in psychology and worked as a researcher for law professor Alan Dershowitz, who has lately become a staunch defender of Donald Trump.
I wonder if Dershowitz is also now a supervillain in the eyes of Portman. While freely speaking about Kushner’s college days, she told Colbert that he wasn’t a good student. When the actress said the two were no longer friendly, Colbert pressed for more information. That’s when the lame description entered the conversation.
“Unfortunately it’s not very — there’s not a lot funny to say about someone you were friends with becoming a supervillain,” Portman stated. “So, it’s not funny.”
She added, “He said in some interview that all of the friends he’s lost through politics is like exfoliating. I was like, OK.”
Colbert then asked, “So you’re a dead skin cell?” Colbert retorted, to which Portman stated, “Proudly.”
What a weird description. Looking at the guy as he works for Trump, he seems almost mild-mannered. Jared Kushner doesn’t look like a villain, much less a supervillain. An actress goes for the dramatic, I suppose. Also, Kushner is not a conservative and has been credited for advocating more liberal-leaning policies, as has his wife, Ivanka. Jared has donated $11,000 to Hillary in the past, with his father being a big Clinton donor. Portman could have probably given Kushner her policy ideas or concerns if she were still on a friendly basis with him.
This is what I don’t understand – why do people have so little tolerance for a differing political view, even among friends? I have to say it is usually liberals who are quick to cut conservatives out instead of the other way around. At least that has been my experience. I think conservatives build up a tolerance because it is a reality in life that conservatives are usually in the minority in groups of people. Even back when I was in college I can remember being one of only a very few conservatives in my classes. I’m thankful for those days now because they prepared me for life and honed my debating skills in political discussions.
Portman isn’t the first of Kushner’s Harvard classmates to turn on him over his new role in politics. In 2018, members of his graduating class prepared a class report for their 15th reunion. Kushner didn’t contribute to the report but many who did let loose on Kushner over joining his father-in-law’s administration. Jared said the following at the time.
Kushner publically addressed the friendships lost over his political views and endeavors in a 2016 interview with Forbes and said, “Anyone who was willing to change a friendship or not do business because of who somebody supports in politics is not somebody who has a lot of character.”
Kushner then added, “People are very fickle. You have to find what you believe in, challenge your truths. And if you believe in something, even if it’s unpopular, you have to push with it.”
Fickle, indeed. Especially so for people living large in the world of entertainment.