Steven Spielberg Thinks Political Divide in U.S. Worst Since Civil War (VIDEO)
Veteran filmmaker Steven Spielberg says the deep political divisions among Americans and their distrust of much of the media made his Vietnam War-era drama The Post timely, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “I realized this was the only year to make this film.”
“When I finished Liz’s script, I thought this was an idea that felt more like 2017 than 1971 — I could not believe the similarities between today and what happened with the Nixon administration against their avowed enemies The New York Times and The Washington Post,” Spielberg said. “I realized this was the only year to make this film.”
“This was a topic that was scaring everybody I know on my side of the [political] street — and quite rightly,” he said, adding that Americans now feel as if “we’ve lost the majority of good listeners, that our conversations have turned into skirmishes.”
“We live in an area where we don’t know a lot of red-state voters,” Spielberg continued. “Well, I know a lot because I have friends and family in other parts of this country, and so at dinner-table conversations outside of California, I’m completely mute or I get into these huge rows. The gray and the blue have become the blue and the red. And it is as vast a chasm as our nation faced before the Civil War. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Steven Spielberg said Americans feel 'we've lost the majority of good listeners, that our conversations have turned into skirmishes.'