Fox & Friends Slams Emily Blunt For Not Loving America Enough

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America won the tug-of-war with England over which country gets the honor of having Emily Blunt as its citizen recently. We think this win is worthy of fireworks — but Fox & Friends more or less suggested the actress should go back where she came from. And the reason they have their flag-printed underpants in such a twist is monumentally ridiculous. Here's the deal: At the Toronto Film Festival this week, the Sicario actress jokingly told The Hollywood Reporter that she wasn't sure she made the right decision. The day she officially became a citizen, she decided to tune into the Republican debates. All of a sudden, "I thought, 'This was a terrible mistake,'" she told the outlet. “I’m not sure I’m entirely thrilled about it," she added on Jimmy Kimmel Live of her decision to officially become an American. "People ask me about the whole day. They were like, ‘Oh it must have been so emotional.’ I was like, ‘It wasn’t! It was sad!' I like being British.” Fox & Friends considered these comments an affront. Cohost Anna Kooiman said that Blunt should leave Hollywood and "let some American women take on the roles that you’re getting, because Americans are watching your movies and lining your pockets.” The pile-on didn't stop there. “You know what Emily Blunt just did? She just Dixie Chicked herself," Steve Doocy added. "She has alienated half the country, that now will think twice about going to one of her movies." What does "Dixie Chicked" mean, you may be wondering? Well, back in 2003, the Dixie Chicks criticized President Bush's plan to invade Iraq really publicly; conservative fans incited a major backlash, in which the women's music was pulled from radio waves and denounced across the country by listeners of a certain ilk. Who knows: Maybe these comments will curb Emily Blunt's appeal to a particular type of moviegoer. But we doubt it. She was clearly kidding about her hesitance to become a citizen — though her factitious comments bring up a widely-echoed sentiment about the GOP quest for the presidency. All we have to say is: Underneath the kidding around, she's got a good point.

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