Christian Bale: Our culture will be richer when white dudes stop running everything

Premiere Of Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures' 'Hostiles'

Here are some photos of Christian Bale at the mid-December premiere of his new film, Hostiles. Hostiles is well-reviewed – it’s a Western, and Bale plays a “legendary Army captain” who “reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.” Bale is currently thicc because he gained a bunch of weight to play Dick Cheney. I sort of enjoy Thicc Bale, although his bleached eyebrows are killing my soul a little bit. Anyway, Christian Bale wants us to know that he’s not a Matt Damon. Bale is not going to cry “but what about all the men who don’t rape women, where’s their medal?!” Bale is not going to #AllLivesMatterEspeciallyWhiteBroLives anyone. Bale apparently thinks we need to stop letting white dudes run the place.

Promoting his new film Hostiles on the AOL Build web-series, Bale said that the fabric of the United States can only work for the positive when it embraces its diversity.

“Our culture will be so much richer the day that we stop saying, ‘Hey, it’s all white dudes who are running things,’” Bale said. “Whether that be Hollywood, whether that be Washington, you know. We’re going to get, in Hollywood, so much better films and so much more interesting stories being told and America will become the America that the rest of the world sees it as, that makes it unique.”

He added that being born and raised in the UK and moving to the US has enabled him an outsider’s perspective on what makes the country so welcoming.

“As an Englishman, we recognise what makes this such a beautiful, brilliant country and [how] not to ruin that,” he said. “It’s the reason I moved here. It’s the reason my kids have American accents. It’s because… it’s a country of inclusion and invitation.”

[From The Telegraph]

Most sites are running this story as “Christian Bale says our culture would be ‘so much richer’ when we stop white dudes.” But is he really saying that? I think he is saying that, it’s just awkwardly worded. In any case, at least Bale is smart enough to just leave it at that and not try to act like white dudes are somehow being unfairly maligned or marginalized in any way. I doubt Bale is the wokest dude on the planet, but hey… he’s better at this than Matt Damon. F–k it, give him a medal.

Premiere Of Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures' 'Hostiles'

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  1. Carmen says:

    Finally someone said it. Good for him.

  2. Patricia says:

    Listen, all I can say at the moment is “I still would”.

  3. Caitlin Bruce says:

    His interview on the happy, sad confused podcast was really great. The way he talked about the terminated controversy made me see him in a new less inimdating light. And the question was positioned to him as a “someone was out to get you” way but he didn’t let himself of the hook at all

    • lucy2 says:

      I listened to that too – I was surprised he even did it, he used to be very selective and private with interviews, but he was very well spoken and thoughtful. I have always admired him as an actor, but I feel like, especially since having kids, he’s grown a lot as a person and mellowed out quite a bit. It was interesting to hear his perspective.

      I’m not interested in this particular film though, although I like him and the director.

  4. PIa says:

    I want to add something about this:

    “It’s the reason I moved here. It’s the reason my kids have American accents. It’s because… it’s a country of inclusion and invitation”

    It is not easy to move to the US nowadays. Bale probably has that actor “O” Visa, but I wish Hollywood actors would stop making statements like this.

    Even when I saw Brooklyn and Saorise’s character just hops over to the US on a Catholic visa, I thought of all those people who fight and struggle to get in and reunite with family, but will always be unsuccessful.

  5. Kimma1216 says:

    Sorry, but I love him. Regardless of some one-off douchey things he’s done. I think he’s pretty awesome and amazing and American Psycho is still my all time favorite..and yes, I wouldn’t say no 🤭

  6. Nicole says:

    He’s always been like this. Quietly a rockstar about big topics. I believe he also talked about his private life with his wife and how he keeps that just for him. I mean this is the guy that visited aurora sans cameras or fan fare after the shooting. He corrects when he messes up and not with BS apologies.
    More Bale please

  7. Dana_Porter says:

    His father was married to Gloria Steinem so it makes sense he sees the world through a wider lens.

    • Nikki says:

      WHHHAAAT??? I didn’t know this; thanks for informing us!!!! :)

      • Dana_Porter says:

        Sure. They were married at Gloria’s good friend Wilma Mankiller’s home. They weren’t married long before he got brain cancer and died. I think they were married about 3 years before he died.

  8. Whoopsy Daisy says:

    Not to burst anyone’s bubble, but very few people in the world see America as some inclusibe positive force in the world, even before Trump.

  9. manta says:

    Says the man who happily took the part of Moses along with Edgerton Ramses for Ridley Scott a couple of years ago.
    Funny how actresses like Emma Stone or Tilda Swinton can’t seem to make their highly questionable choices go away but as soon as it’s a swoon inducing actor, imaginary boyfriend of many, all is fine.

    • ichsi says:

      Preach.

    • Tiffany says:

      And he and everyone involved got rightfully dragged for it. And the movie was a bomb.

      As someone who has always been a fan, I thought it was a stupid move on his part.

      • lucy2 says:

        I agree. I’m a big fan of his and don’t think he handled at all well. I do hope it was a learning experience for him, and not a mistake he repeats.

  10. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Removing white men isn’t the change I want to see (okay maybe old white men)… I want so damn much to see equality, tolerance, respect, love, admiration, hand-to-hand cooperation, affiliations, camaraderie, generosity, fulfillment, openness, discovery, education, and on and on. I know, I sound like a hippy. But our political and social divides are so depressing. Surely we all realize that not not all the framers of our Constitution wanted a two-three-party divide. They didn’t want the divisiveness… and here we are. If old whites are so scared of ‘losing complete control’ maybe they should. If they can’t sit at an equal and completely diverse and wholly inclusive table, then they shouldn’t be there at all.

  11. Meredith says:

    “F–k it, give him a medal.” Totally LOL’d on the bus when I read that.

  12. Bbelle says:

    If it sounds racist when you substitute the word black for white then it’s racist.

    • KBB says:

      🙄

      Yes, who will think of the white men? Thank God, you’re here!

    • GirlMonday says:

      If you really believe this, then I don’t think you quite understand how racism has worked in this country. Mostly because you can’t substitute black for white. Neither Black “dudes” nor people, as a collective, have historically run anything in this country (namely Hollywood or Washington – please don’t chime in with Obama, or we’re going to be here all day) to even warrant considering or conversing about how culturally impactful it would be if they weren’t in power. The truth and reality of racism is institutional, complicated, deeply rooted, and unfortunately, lopsided. Dig deeper if you want to get to the heart of it.

    • lara says:

      If the world would be run by black men and white people would be discriminated it would be racist against white people…… But the last time I looked, white men had most of the power in the world.

  13. SM says:

    What he says resonate to much. Because he is speaking as an imigrant, someone who was driven by the deam of the land of opportunity, hard work and yes – diversity and plurality. Us, living outside US, from the generation of my parents who were born after the Holocaust and those who had to live though both WWII or the Soviet ocuppation or both always saw US as this dream. And we react with such pain to what is happening in the US now. Sometimes I am thinking that the only possitive thing is that my dad doesn’t have to witness all this mess now that he passed and can’t see what is happening in the promised land most his high school friends emigrated to.

    On complitely different note – I would love Bale to get back to his own look, he gives me Daren Aranofsky vibes with those brows and that haircut and that junk. And that means douch vibes. Ick.

    • Jamie42 says:

      To me, the top picture makes him look like Harvey W. Not a good look.

      • emilybyrd says:

        Man, he’s aging horribly. Or maybe it’s a makeover for a role? It looks like he’s been drinking himself into oblivion or something–he has that bloat that you get from going hard at the alcohol for a long time.

      • ParlerBleu says:

        Yeah, the bloat is for the Dick Cheney biopic with Amy Adams.

  14. DesertReal says:

    I’ve loved this dude since Little Women.
    He usually has a pretty thoughtful take because of the distance he puts between himself and the Hollywood lifestyle that most in his profession are immersed in.

    I wish he was still Batman.
    *le sigh*