Stars Speak Out: Celebrity Voices on the 2024 Presidential Candidates

By Sophia Maddox | May 19, 2024

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon

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Artists Equity, a production company established by actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, criticized former President Donald J. Trump for using audio from their movie Air in a campaign video that was uploaded online in early June 2023.

The video, which featured a monologue from the film playing next to photos and videos of Mr. Trump throughout his life, was shared on Truth Social.

This video was posted along with a request for donations, shortly after Mr. Trump was formally charged with federal offenses. The charges against him include unlawfully retaining classified national security documents after leaving office and obstructing efforts to return them. A statement from Affleck and Damon read:

We had no foreknowledge of, did not consent to and do not endorse or approve any footage or audio from Air being repurposed by the Trump campaign as a political advertisement or for any other use.

Meryl Streep

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During her lifetime achievement award speech at the 2017 Gold Globes, Meryl Streep tipped into then-president Donald Trump, stating:

There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good, there was nothing good about it, but it was effective and it did its job. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if we kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.