Liz Cheney, US Representative for Wyoming and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has taken issue with Christian Bale’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globes on Monday.
Bale, who accepted the award for best actor in a musical or comedy for his portrayal of Dick Cheney in Vice, made headlines after thanking Satan for inspiring his portayal of a person the actor described as “absolutely charisma-free and reviled by everybody”.
The 44-year-old’s quips were applauded by critics of Cheney’s tenure as vice president, and even the Church of Satan got around it.
To us, Satan is a symbol of pride, liberty and individualism, and it serves as an external metaphorical projection of our highest personal potential. As Mr. Bale's own talent and skill won him the award, this is fitting. Hail Christian! Hail Satan! https://t.co/ILuK8TFZXi
— The Church Of Satan (@ChurchofSatan) January 7, 2019
Side note: the Church of Satan does not worship the Devil, nor believe in the existence of it.
Liz Cheney’s response to Bale’s shout-out to Satan – which was clearly made in jest – was one of steadfast support for her father.
“Look, I would just say that Christian Bale finally had the chance to play a real superhero, and he clearly screwed it up,” Cheney said during an appearance on Fox News.
“I’m obviously incredibly proud of my dad, very proud and honoured to be his daughter.”
It’s unclear whether she is simply unaware of Bale’s starring role in the Dark Knight trilogy or is implying Batman isn’t a real superhero. I’m not sure which is worse.
Cheney, who admitted she hadn’t seen Vice, also tweeted a story from 2008 detailing Bale’s arrest for “alleged assault on his mother and sister”, accompanied by the caption, “Satan probably inspired him to do this, too.”
Satan probably inspired him to do this, too. Christian Bale arrested for 'assault on mother and sister'| The Independent. https://t.co/kesnNno9Zv
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) January 7, 2019
Bale was never charged due to insufficient evidence, and the actor’s sister, Sharon, told the Telegraph her brother had “verbally attacked” the pair – no accusation of physical violence was made.
Liz Cheney’s whataboutism in referencing an 11-year-old alleged incident for which Bale was never charged, and her suggestion that her old man is worthy of tight spandex and a cherry-red cape, was received bitterly to say the least:
it’s nice to see you tweeting in defense of your dad.
he’s got too much blood on his hands to tweet for himself.
— chelsea ✨ (@feministdogmom) January 7, 2019
We lost too many of our friends in your fathers war for you to believe you get to make indignant comparisons like this. Bale was accurate.
— Olympia (@Goterra_CEO) January 7, 2019
hey liz can you ask your dad where the WMDs are?
it cost an awful lot to go looking for them and i feel like we’re owed an answer after all these years
— busticated (@b_sted) January 7, 2019
Your father presided over the killing of more than 500,000 Iraqis & decimated their cultural centers. He sent our men in uniform to their deaths. He orchestrated the whole thing, then he destroyed innumerable documents before leaving office. Only the most evil have done more.
— IntellitexanAgainstBorderInsanity (@IntelliTexan) January 7, 2019
Super hero? Is that what we're calling war criminals now?
— Open Sesame (@AZBLUEAZCANBE) January 9, 2019
Cheney orchestrated the 2nd Iraqi war, which lead to the death of over a quarter million Iraqi civilians? Not to mention US and allied casualties? Over a trillion dollars wasted? He should be in front of a firing squad
— Jesse 4.2.5 (@jesse_isaacson) January 9, 2019
— ABrenner (@Brensweets) January 9, 2019
“i still remember dad teaching me to waterboard 🥰”
— Witołd Arwyn Hayes (@WitoldHayes) January 9, 2019
Truth hurts, eh Liz?
— ohferg (@lchrisferguson) January 7, 2019
He was the most accurate representation of Cheney since Jon Stewart did that segment where he used a balloon with a frown drawn on it
— Owain Jones 🌹 (@ukhnyuh879) January 9, 2019