Actress Susan Sarandon is facing backlash over a tuesday tweet in which she compared a New York Police Department (NYPD) funeral to “fascism”.
The ‘Thelma & Louise’ star shared an image originally shared by podcaster Danny Haiphong that poked fun at NYPD Detective Jason Rivera’s funeral procession. The photo shows thousands of officers gathered on 5th Avenue in Manhattan to honor Rivera, who was killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call, according to CNN.
“This is what fascism looks like,” read the text accompanying the photo, along with the hashtag #abolishthepolice.
Sarandon retweeted the image, adding his own caption.
“So if all those cops weren’t needed for CRIME that day, doesn’t that mean they aren’t needed ANY day,” she wrote.
Sarandon’s post immediately drew backlash, including from various police groups.
“This is what privilege looks like: A wealthy actress, safe in her bubble, poking fun at heroes and shining a light on the crisis cops are battling alongside our communities,” wrote the Police Benevolent Association of New York City.
The National Fraternal Order of Police also condemned her words, calling her a “D-list actress”.
“everyday for @SusanSarandon to share her true feelings towards the police, she chooses the day we bury our deceased brother to make such incendiary and insane comments.” police union tweet bed.
Sarandon has been outspoken against the police throughout the Black Lives Matter movement.