Republican Congressman slams Joaquin Phoenix Oscars speech as “out-of-touch” and “callous”

(Credit: Congressman Fred Keller/Facebook)

A Republican member of Congress has slammed Joaquin Phoenix’s speech at the 2020 Oscars ceremony.

The “Joker” actor spoke out against a number of injustices including sexism, racism and speciesism.

He said “we feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and when she gives birth, we steal her baby.”

But the dairy industry was not impressed with the comments and now Congressman Fred Keller, the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district, has released a statement.

He said:

“Joaquin Phoenix winning Best Actor for playing the Joker fits him to a T because his comments would have been laughable were they not so offensive.
“Phoenix’s rambling remarks about America’s dairy industry prove how out-of-touch he is with the hardworking Americans who grow our food and create healthy communities.
“Phoenix’s Hollywood-elite world view has clearly blinded him to the sacrifice and struggles of America’s dairy farmers.
“When I travel Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District and meet with farmers, I am always impressed with their work-ethic, thoughtfulness, and desire to help others despite facing generational industrial hardships and a libelous onslaught from anti-dairy activists.
“The callousness he showed in his speech last night proves he needs to get out of his Hollywood bubble to see how real Americans make a living. 
“His remarks were detestable not just to me, but to the many hardworking family farmers across Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District with whom I speak with on a regular basis.”

Keller has previously co-sponsored and supported legislation such as the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act and the Dairy PRIDE Act.

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