Michael Shannon’s name is not a household word. Those who watched HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” might recognize it as belonging to the actor who adeptly played FBI Agent Nelson Van Alden. In the series, Van Alden turned out to be pretty unhinged. It turns out that Shannon has a few screws rattling around in his own head.
That is the only reasonable takeaway from an interview the actor gave to the free newspaper Metro, in which he had the following to say about senior citizens who voted for Donald Trump:
There’s a lot of old people who need to realize they’ve had a nice life, and it’s time for them to move on. Because they’re the ones who go out and vote for these a**holes. If you look at the young people, between 18 and 25, if it was up to them Hillary would have been president. No offense to the seniors out there. My mom’s a senior citizen. But if you’re voting for Trump, it’s time for the urn.
After telling his interviewer that his “parents voted for Trump and” that he’s “still not sure how to talk to them about that,” he continues with a piece of advice to other Americans whose parents voted for Trump:
F*ck ’em. You’re an orphan now. Don’t go home. Don’t go home for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Don’t talk to them at all. Silence speaks volumes.
Shannon’s right: Silence does speak volumes. He may discover too late that statements like the one he shared with Metro have a way of damaging careers, especially among those who seek the limelight.