Steven Seagal is a fraud. His martial arts skill is a fraud. His bravado is a fraud. And his patriotism is a fraud. Which makes it all the more appropriate that he’d join journalistic fraud Piers Morgan to talk about the “disgusting” NFL protests against police violence.
Seagal joined Morgan on Good Morning Britain via Skype this Wednesday to talk about the “Obama-ites” and the “enemies within” America. He then regurgitated a familiar disclaimer, saying that although he believes in free speech, he doesn’t approve of the NFL players’ “outrageous” and “disgusting” protests.
“I myself have risked my life countless times for the American flag and I don’t understand or agree with this kind of behavior,” Seagal said from Moscow, Russia, where he accepted citizenship bestowed on him by Vladimir Putin.
At one point in the interview, even a sympathetic voice like Morgan couldn’t resist asking Seagal about the elephant in the room: How can he demonize the patriotism of protesters in the U.S. while sitting on his perch in Moscow?
“Every country is involved in espionage,” Seagal said, adding that “for anyone to think that Vladimir Putin had anything to do with fixing the elections or even that the Russians have that kind of technology is stupid.”
After the interview made the rounds on the internet, Seagal was widely mocked for how ridiculous he looked. But according to The Daily Beast’s Amy Zimmerman, they’re missing the bigger point:
It’s hardly shocking to hear Seagal, who holds American and Russian citizenship, rush to the defense of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin while denigrating black NFL players who are exercising their free speech as “disgusting.”
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