Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Charlize Theron on CNN International about America: 'Racism is alive and well and that scares me'; says some lives are valued more than others.

The South African film star Charlize Theron on Wednesday night in an interview on CNN International (DStv 401) said that in America "I see racism alive and well and that scares me".

The star is currently back in South Africa with Comedy Central's (DStv 122) The Daily Show host Trevor Noah doing charity work in her home country.

Charlize Theron's comments came after American president Donald Trump's chaotic and shocking press conference on Tuesday where he said there was "violence on both sides" after neo-Nazi demonstrators clashed with counter-protesters and that saw a neo-Nazi terrorist ram into people with a car, killing a woman.

Donald Trump failed to properly condemn the white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia in the United States and shocked America and the world with his unhinged press conference inside Trump Towers on Tuesday.

Speaking on Wednesday evening from Johannesburg on CNN International's Amanpour, Charlize Theron also spoke about the HIV/Aids epidemic in South Africa, with Donald Trump's administration that also did massive cutbacks to supporting international health programmes financially.

"When you look at the amount of people that are infected and how the Aids epidemic has ravaged sub-Saharan Africa over the last decade versus what's been happening in the Western world, how can you deny" that some lives are being valued more than others said Charlize Theron who is the founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project.

"I think that some lives are valued more than others. I think that goes beyond the Aids epidemic. I'm seeing it right now in America."

"I think that we have to look at that as a global front. We have to be brave enough to look at that as part of the problem that's been keeping the Aids epidemic alive for so long."

Asked about the broader context and her view on what's been happening in America in Charlottesville, Charlize Theron said "I see racism alive and well and that scares me. And saddens me."