[VIDEO] ‘Are we Promoting a Movie?’ Robert Downey Jr. Walks Out of ‘Avengers’ Interview After Being Asked about Politics, Drug AbusePosted: April 23, 2015
Kipp Jones writes: A routine interview conducted by Krishnan Guru-Murthy of Britain’s Channel 4 News turned anything but, after questions regarding the latest action thriller gravitated toward aspects of Downey Jr.’s personal life, including jail time for past drug convictions, the actor’s relationship with his father, and whether or not he is a “liberal.”
“I couldn’t even really tell you what a liberal is… Are we promoting a movie?”
Video of the encounter was posted on Twitter by Guru-Murthy, who describes the end of the interview as “a steely moment from Ironman.”
“I’m sorry, I, I really don’t — what are we doing? …It’s just getting a little Diane Sawyer in here.”
Things became uncomfortable after the reporter connected the actor’s real-life persona with that of his Iron Man character, Tony Stark. Guru-Murthy then quizzed Downey about a quote from an old New York Times interview. Read the rest of this entry »
Two U.K. politicians have called out the BBC for interviewing an Islamic cleric who refuses to condemn Wednesday’s grisly terror attack where two men beheaded a British soldier.
The Guardian is reporting that Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi and shadow defense secretary Jim Murphy are speaking critically of the airtime the BBC and Channel 4 have given radical cleric Anjem Choudary in the wake of the Woolwich attack.
Choudary, “who has been an outspoken critic of British military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan,” knew Woolwich attacker Michael Adebolajo when he converted from Christianity to Islam in 2003. Choudary allegedly impacted Adebolajo’s ideology and reported that Adebolajo changed his name to “Mujahid” upon converting.
To date, Choudary has “refused to condemn the [Woolwich] killing.”
Warsi believes Choudary and his anti-British military ideology have received too much airtime. Speaking on May 23, she said, “We all have a responsibility, including the media, not to give airtime to extremist voices–idiots and nutters who speak for no one but themselves.”
Murphy pointedly criticized the BBC’s decision to give Choudary airtime by tweeting, “Banned by France but welcome on Newsnight. A mistake of the BBC to invite Choudary on the telly tonight.”
The BBC has defended its decision to have Choudary on air. Channel 4 is refusing