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Isla Fisher praises Donald Trump as an inspiration to “orange people”


For all its regressive attitudes towards giving equal billing (and equal pay) to actors who aren’t shiny-toothed white men, Hollywood is still generally considered a fairly liberal place. As a result, plenty of big-screen stars – from Anne Hathaway to Kerry WashingtonEva Longoria to Meryl Streep – came out in support of Democrat Hillary Clinton before the recent US election.

But when it came to endorsing Donald J. Trump, a ringing silence came from the Hollywood Hills. Until now.

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Comrades in orangeness: actress Isla Fisher (left) and President-elect Donald Trump (right).

At an awards ceremony on Wednesday, Isla Fisher praised Donald Trump for his tireless work raising awareness about the plight of a much-marginalised and vulnerable minority group.

That’s right: orange people.

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“I do need to thank Trump,” Fisher said, as she accepted her Trailblazer statue at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards. “I don’t think I’d be here if it weren’t for him showing the world that unqualified orange people can win things.”

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Fisher with her husband of six years, the comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.

The 40-year-old star of Nocturnal Animals also poked fun at the President-elect’s wife – by quoting verbatim the same Michelle Obama speech infamously plagiarised by Melania Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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“From a young age my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in this life, that your word is your bond, you say what you want to do and you keep your promises, that you treat people with respect,” Fisher recited.

She then added: “I figured if Melania Trump can use them and have success, I should try.”

Place your bets: how long do you think it will be before Trump fires off a tweet about how unfunny he finds redheaded Australian actresses? Three, two, one…

Images: Rex Features



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