By now everyone has seen the image of a woman at the Mexico-United States border with two children running from tear gas because the media has made sure that it is the only photo of last weekend’s incident at the border you will see. Last Sunday, thousands of illegal immigrants who were supposed to be thousands of miles away from a caravan that was supposed to be imaginary stormed the border after Jim Acosta insisted they were not going to do so. As border patrol deployed standard riot control tactics to break up the crowd, one image was shopped around the networks which have led to actress Anne Hathaway to accuse her country of ‘using lethal force’ to ‘gas children’.
In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Hathaway said,
“My country gassed children.
There are no words for my horror.
To those who will immediately speak of “doing it the right way”, who will “blame the parents for putting the children in this position”, or say “they were storming the wall”, and “they were throwing rocks”: the only human response to this monstrous use of force against LEGAL asylum seekers- against children- is condemnation, shame, and rage.
For those that still believe in voting for the man who recommended using lethal force on families fleeing violence and persecution: this is the policy you like?”
Where to begin here? First of all, Tear gas is not ‘lethal force’, it is in its very definition ‘non-lethal’ force. Our military is trained to deal with tear gas in basic training, sometimes in their first week. Second of all, these were not “LEGAL asylum seekers”. You don’t storm the US border when you are legally seeking asylum and as MSNBC confirmed, the vast majority of the caravan weren’t even looking for asylum (Also, the country they should be seeking asylum in is Mexico, not the United States). Lastly, yes Anne, people are expected to do things the right way, we should be blaming the parents (or at least who we believe are their parents due to rampant human trafficking) for putting their children in the front lines of a riot situation, they were storming the wall, they were throwing rocks at police officers, and tear gas, as well as flash bangs, are the responsible ‘non-lethal’ approach to dealing with a mass disturbance, just because you mock rational responses, doesn’t make them irrational because the president YOU voted for did the exact same thing, and you said nothing.
Hathaway is set to star in the upcoming film Serenity with Matthew McConaughey which has been twice pushed back to release on January 25, 2019.