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Long before Trump handshake, Vince Vaughn’s career had been ‘canceled’ by many


When was the last time you had rushed to see a Vince Vaughn movie or came across his name in a headline?

Yes, it’s been a while since Vaughn’s name popped up in a national conversation. Vaughn probably is realistic enough to admit that his career long ago lost the A-list luster that came from being a leading man in hit comedies like “Wedding Crashers” or by dating Jennifer Aniston and co-starring in their rom-com “The Break-up.”

But on Monday night and into Tuesday morning, Vaughn’s name was a top trending topic on Twitter. That’s because the actor, 49, was spotted having a friendly conversation with President Donald Trump and his wife Melania at the College Football Playoff Championship in New Orleans.

Vaughn, in fact, appeared to be deep in conversation with POTUS as they watched the LSU Tigers defeat the Clemson Tigers. The conversation ended with Vaughn and Trump shaking hands, and Vaughn getting an affectionate pat on the hand from the president.

Twitter exploded over the encounter, after journalist Timothy Burke shared footage of it, along with the message, “I’m very sorry to have to share this video with you. All of it, every part of it.”

I’m very sorry to have to share this video with you. All of it, every part of it. pic.twitter.com/ELMbDHZbZq

— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 14, 2020

As is the case in our divisive political climate, any celebrity getting friendly with Trump or with someone from his family will face the wrath of those who oppose the president’s alleged corruption and his controversial actions and rhetoric.

That was the case with Vaughn Monday night. Many proclaimed their intention to “cancel” Vaughn and to never again watch “Wedding Crashers,” a still beloved rom-com that’s easy to get sucked into if pops up on cable TV.

“Vince Vaughn has been cancelled,” one fan tweeted, while another said, “Whelp … that tells me all I need to know about Vince Vaughn.

Another person called Vaughn “#complicit,” tweeting: “Shaking the hand of the man who colluded w/foreign leaders against his own country, instituted a law that lead to kidnapping & deaths of young children, recklessly brought America near to war & resulted in the deaths of 176 ppl shot down in retaliation.”

Actors Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn attend the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Grants Banquet at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on August 4, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

But predictably, Trump supporters pushed back against the “cancel” calls, saying any American should be honored to speak to the president. They also decried “the Left” for being intolerant of people who have different political viewpoints.

“He’s a brilliant actor and he’s having a conversation with YOUR President,” tweeted one.

But Vaughn was probably being more than just cordial to Trump; he likely was enjoying a conversation with a politician and one-time entertainment personality with whom he shares ideological positions.

As CNN correspondent Kate Bennett and others noted, Vaughn has long been vocal about his conservative …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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