Hilary Swank Breaks Silence About Chechnyan Controversy
Tue, 06 Dec 2011 11:51:14
Actress Hilary Swank has spoken out about the controversy surrounding the two-time Oscar winner after she appeared at a birthday party for Chechnyan President Ramzan Kadyrov earlier this year. She caught hell for her actions. Swank, who fired her longtime manager and her PR firm over differences about how to deal with the post-event PR crisis, said she had no idea who he was and couldn't even pronounce his name. But she also accepted accountability for not educating herself about the matter.
Swank attended the controversial leader's 35th birthday bash in Grozny on Oct. 5 and now insists she was duped.
According to WENN, Swank said, "I was invited by a Turkish real estate company to go and help be a proponent of peace by celebrating the rebuilding of a war-torn city in Chechnya… I thought, 'Absolutely, yes… I love to travel, I love to meet people…' Then, once there on the side of the stage, someone said, 'It's the President's birthday; could you wish him a happy birthday?'"
She continued, "I'd never heard of him before and in fact when they said his name I couldn't even say it so I said, 'I'll just say, Mr. President.' So I went out and said, 'Happy Birthday Mr. President after I said my whole speech about it's great to be a proponent of peace and you guys are doing incredible things. Then, when I got back, only then was I made aware of who he was. Now I can say his name. His name is Kadyrov and he's a bad guy."
Swank donated the fee she was paid to attend the party and she has linked with the human rights activists who actually tried to warn the actress about going to Chechnya and saluting a leader allegedly responsible for the brutality and torture of his own people.
She told Jay Leno on his late night talk show that "the silver lining is I'm actually working with the Human Rights Watch now." The end result is a good one!
Swank also took full responsibility for her actions, saying she didn't educated herself enough and should have done her research before attending. She said, "Shame on me. I should know where I'm going and I should do better research and I definitely can guarantee I won't go anywhere ever again without doing full research. I actually didn't know that Chechnya was separate from Russia… I had no idea."
Fair enough, Hil. You accept the blame for your actions and are remorseful, in addition to doing your part to help human rights now. We don't hold a grudge against ya!
Is all forgiven for Hilary Swank? It should be!