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The iconic frontman attended the Venice Film Festival yesterday (September 7) for the premiere of his new movie Burnt Orange Heresy. Jagger portrays art dealer Joseph Cassidy in the Giuseppe Capotondi-directed title, his first notable film role since The Man from Elysian Fields (2001).
Speaking at the event, Jagger explained (via The Hollywood Reporter): “We are in a very difficult situation at the moment, especially in the US, where all the environmental controls that were put in place – that were just about adequate – have been rolled back by the current administration so much that they are being wiped out.
The singer’s message came after a number of young climate change activists protested near to the festival. They called on people to take action by spray-painting “Listen to your children” on the red carpet, along with the slogan “Make the red carpet green”.
“I am so glad that people feel so strongly about that that they want to protest,” Jagger said of the group. “I’m absolutely behind that. I’m glad they’re doing that because they’re the ones who are going to inherit the planet.”
Referencing the current political upheaval in the UK, Jagger criticised PM Johnson for provoking division among citizens and lying to the public.
“In so many countries, including my own this last week… but particularly the US, it’s a bit of a sea change. It is not about manners,” he said.
“I don’t mean that manners are everything. But the combination of all these things, Jagger continued, adding that he’s worried “where all this polarisation and rudeness and lying [is going to lead us].”