Salma Hayek has shot back at Donald Trump, following remarks the business mogul made about Mexican immigrants in his presidential campaign announcement last month.
“I’m not insulted because I cannot be insulted by stupidity,” the Mexican actress said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. Trump was blasted after saying that Mexico was “sending people that have lots of problems” to America. “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people,” Trump said.
“Everybody’s entitled to be dumb. But I’m not dumb, so I see through the manipulation. We have something to learn from this,” Hayek said. “That is that the educated people or the people with great human values have to wake up, because they are under the illusion that most of this country is like them and sometimes they don’t even go to vote.”
Although Hayek will comment on Trump, she won’t say his name: She told E! News that she won’t repeat what he’s said or even speak his name out loud because she doesn’t want to give him “extra publicity.”
“I’m aware that he would say anything to attract attention, and create publicity around him,” Hayek said. “So if something can generate publicity, I would never be surprised about anything he does.”
Besides, Hayek is trying to generate publicity for something else: She’s a producer on Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, an animated film that debuts Aug. 21. Read her full interview with the Los Angeles Times, where she also discusses the film and Hollywood’s gender issues, here.