Actor and Donald Trump supporter Steven Seagal became the subject of online mockery Wednesday after he said on British television that recent kneeling protests at NFL games were both “outrageous” and “disgusting.”
Speaking via satellite from Moscow, where he now lives, Seagal told the hosts of Good Morning Britain that he disagreed with the movement started by professional football players who chose to kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.
His remarks echo those of President Donald Trump, who has called the action “disgraceful” and suggested that athletes who do not stand during the anthem should be fired. Trump’s remarks on Twitter calling out athletes by name have reopened a national debate about free speech and race, and pitted the president against some of the country’s most influential figures in the world of sports.
“I believe in free speech, I believe that everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, but I don’t agree that they should hold the United States of America or the world hostage by taking a venue where people are tuning in to watch a football game and imposing their political views,” Seagal said on the show, hosted by Piers Morgan. “I think it’s outrageous, I think it’s a joke, it’s disgusting.”
Watch the video and the internet response below:
Steven Seagal looks like the main sidekick of the Bond villain that Bond has to fight before getting to the main Bond villain https://t.co/DdtZpBsIOu
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 27, 2017
I ask this in all seriousness…is he wearing a Steven Seagal halloween mask?
— Luke (@InLikeCoolHand) September 27, 2017
— VICE Sports (@VICESports) September 27, 2017
Steven Seagal who took up Russian citizenship and lives in Russia? That Steven Seagal?
— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) September 27, 2017
There’s like an 87% chance this is a John Travolta character pic.twitter.com/A5RC9tMZR4
— Eric Stangel (@EricStangel) September 27, 2017
I swear to god, Russia is Weekend at Bernie-ing Steven Seagal on GMB this morning. pic.twitter.com/rgoJ6QVbN8
— Lucy Vine (@Lecv) September 27, 2017
when you run out of guests and have to interview Grand Theft Auto characters pic.twitter.com/aV9BP5tWFQ
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) September 27, 2017
Steven Segal’s moral compass is fucked. Why is he allowed airtime for a topic like this?
— Paul French (@paulfrench51) September 27, 2017