The famously liberal actor Richard Gere took a recent break from one of his vacation homes to help migrants trying to reach Italy.
Italy has been struggling for months with an overwhelming number of migrants from Africa and tensions are very high.
Gere has been critical of Italy for not doing more and the country’s Deputy Prime Minister had some choice words in response.
The Daily Mail reports:
‘He can take them to Hollywood on his private jet!’ Italian Deputy PM Matteo Salvini hits back at Richard Gere after the actor criticised nation for its refusal to accept migrants stranded in the Mediterranean
Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has issued a stunning rebuke to actor Richard Gere who criticised the country’s refusal to let in more than 100 migrants stranded at sea.
Golden Globe winner Richard Gere visited a boat with 121 migrants on board in international waters near the Italian island of Lampedusa.
The Hollywood star was pictured delivering food supplies to the migrants on board, who have been rescued by Spanish NGO Open Arms.
In a barb to Italy and his own leader President Trump, he said: ‘Demonizing people has to stop everywhere on the planet’…
The right-wing League leader Matteo Salvini, whose party topped the polls in the recent European elections, hit back and urged Gere to ‘support them in his villas’.
Salvini said: ‘Given this generous millionaire is voicing concern for the fate of the Open Arms migrants, we thank him: he can take back to Hollywood, on his private plane, all the people aboard and support them in his villas. Thank you Richard!’
Apparently it’s not only Americans who are tired of lectures from self-righteous celebrities.
Here are some Twitter reactions:
Italy’s Salvini Tells Richard Gere to Take Stranded Migrants to Hollywood on his Jet: Yaaas. All of these wildly overpaid jackasses should have to take them in. https://t.co/3y20xa5cOV pic.twitter.com/3Ks12ZRZKv
— Pamela Geller (@PamelaGeller) August 12, 2019
When Hollywood celebrities switch from being spokespeople for charities to becoming human smugglers : this is just another example of their abuse of their social platform. https://t.co/mzFj69ni1Q
— Prairie Guy (@gbobke) August 12, 2019
Richard Gere Wants Asylum Seekers Allowed In Italy; Deputy PM Says Fly Them To Hollywood Villas
==> When told Gere was on the boat with 160 stranded migrants, the Deputy PM said "I hope he gets a tan" 🤣https://t.co/TLrZp1BoVB
— Wayne Dupree 🎙🎥 (@WayneDupreeShow) August 12, 2019
People who live in exclusive gated communities are in no position to lecture anyone.