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Richard Gere clashed with an Italian politician who suggested the American actor take a boatload of stranded African migrants back to Hollywood with him. The migrants have been stranded on a boat in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy for 9 days.

On Friday, the Pretty Woman star boarded the Spanish humanitarian ship Open Arms, which is stuck off the coast of Italy, as no European government will offer the rescued migrants on board safe haven.

The ship has been in limbo since August 1. Thousands of social media users around the world issued pleas to European governments to end the humanitarian crisis, which many say is racist.

According to BBC News, Gere called for Italy to allow the migrants to dock and criticized Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini for "demonizing people".

"We have our problems with refugees coming from Honduras, Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico... It's very similar to what you are going through here," Gere told the BBC. "This has to stop everywhere on this planet now. And it will stop if we say stop."

But, Salvini, who is also interior minister of Italy, hit back, telling Gere to take the 160 migrants back home with him to Hollywood.

"Given this generous millionaire is voicing concern for the fate of the Open Arms migrants, we thank him: he can take (them) back to Hollywood, on his private plane, all the people aboard and support them in his villas. Thank you Richard!" Salvini said in a statement.

Humanitarian aid workers, with the financial support of Gere and others, deliver food and water to the migrants so they don't starve to death while Italy denies their request to dock in the harbor on the Italian island of Lampedusa.

One Instagram user wrote: "My husband on board @proactivaopenarms delivering food and water, after 8 days they still have no port/harbor to disembark. We need to urge please help them!"

The Spanish boat faces a fine of up to $1.1 million if it enters Italian waters.
 

  • Marlika

    ?????

  • Mz_Opinionated

    Wow! I don't even know where to start...They running a tight ship over there in racist Italy...I understand trying to not allow refugees in your country but this is downright disgraceful.

  • Applebootay

    Salvini=Savage....

  • Ryan

    They can't even keep their stories straight, so damned brain damaged from meth. Blocked that fool above cause they talked about everythang BUT what I was talking about - what do Mexicans considering me their brother have to do with this article about immigrants off the coast of Italy?? Lawd how they try to drag you down to their level.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/27fa8c01c0716a4a4fc9f2fce073575076d13dfa7db63a5e9db176f7c106bcfe.gif What thee hell Sandra Mae ... took me 10 minutes to comment ..... chile don't tell me these demons done got to this site ... Shyt

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    WTH is wrong with people :( Sandra the site is aggravating my security settings. Fix it please
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9b6b64b01795ba4fb6e69da9514362fa84b05245cb333762cf7f0779509e2652.jpg

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    What do the messages say?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    The site is getting a lot of traffic. My host is looking into the issue.

  • Carrington

    This new layout is going to take some getting used to... how I'm poze to know where everybody at?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I was just going to say be back once the kinks are worked out (but it took forever to load ... so I'm replying from my notifications ... Much love Sandra....

  • Alextra Ballard

    I jess wish we would’ve gotta heads up a few daze in advance that the site would be going through a reconstruction.

  • Meme

    You are the total and absolute fool probably birthed by crack parents and dropped on your head. You asked if I'm MAGA and when I talk about Mexicans you telling me about the migrants in the article. You absolute TOOL. If I don't agree with you don't be insulting me fawking crack baby!

  • Kimocha

    Another gif I love... LMAO!!!!

  • Kimocha

    Just click on the News tab...

  • Alextra Ballard

    I still prefer the old site,but that’s just me....folks don’t like change?

  • Carrington

    Sandra Mae - are we going to get a post on b*tch a$$ Mooch pretending that he's just found out that Trump is unqualified?

  • Alextra Ballard

    Mooch need tew gon somewhere....he ain shidt just like Trump

  • Meme

    When i say these people I should say MY PEOPLE! In Ghana they have been told if you can't get into a country legitimately, as in get a visa and go DO NOT CROSS THE DESERT and go ( into EUROPE) illegally. They have adverts in every language radio TV everything don't do it you will struggle you could die! But Kwame thinks what happened to Kojo will not happen to him (kwame thinks he's smarter). Then when Kwame does that perilous journey and almost ends up dead he starts regretting. When they go to Saudi and those Arab countries it's even worse. They are killed for their body parts and never heard of again or kept as slaves and maybe if their lucky their dead body will be sent back home if not they will be disposed off in Arab country. DON'T DO IT!

  • Carrington

    They kill me acting like they don't understand how this has "suddenly" become acceptable.. TRASHBOX! Because Y'ALL been in the media acting like it's completely normal in your defense of it!!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Link please.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    How did you find out before?

  • Carrington
  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Trouble reloading the site. Refresh or log back in. Its delayed as well. Its cute though

  • yvette46

    So Mrs. Rose this is no longer a black blog?? After your meeting that you had was this topic was brought up that you don't have mayo in your write ups..I came on here because this was about us, now I'm not getting that feeling..

  • yvette46

    Yep..

  • Dasright

    I'll be in Italy in 3 months. As a black woman, I'on want no problems while we're there.

  • Starburst

    I think Italy forgot that they once invaded Ethiopia during the 1930s. And yet today, there are Italians that are living in Ethiopia. With that being said, no immigrant should risk their life to enter into a country, especially when it's illegal. It's the same as if someone trespasses on your property. Also, there are over 50 countries in Africa as well as some islands that these African migrants can seek refugee. Why Italy?

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    Realspill , well said

  • http://realitytea.com Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    Those are some healthy good looking guys. I can offer sanctuary to a few of them.

  • Carrington

    The latest post was up top and that's typically where everyone went.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Supposedly he has become good friends with Joy on The View. I expect him to be on there when they come back from hiatus.

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    America ain’t perfect nor is any other country but i bet house money that those Immigrants will kill to switch places with you. You’re not in their shoes , so it’s easier said than done when it comes to telling them what they should do in their corrupt county.

    I’ll end it with this , outside of Cananda there ain’t droves or groups of people trying to flee the states every other week. I don’t know their position for risking it all , but doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out their reasoning to risk it all.

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    Ofcourse not , but that ain’t the argument . The difference is that we ain’t fleeing to flock into Mexico for better conditions.

  • the guest

    I'm not without compassion but the Italian Interior Minister said what rich Hollywood liberals needed to be told. Richard Gere is wealthy and has several mansions. Before he tells someone else what to do, he should do something and house and support the migrants himself.

  • GAPeach

    Did you see him on Bill Maher the other day. There was a white woman on there too, I don't her name, but she was giving him the business for his flip flop. He couldn't hardly get a word out, and she would be calling him out on his hypocrisy.

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    Keyword “ continent” , which is different than the various corrupt countries in Africa.

    If you don’t think Africa is corrupt then you’re naive. Tell me this, how can Africa be the biggest continent producer of diamonds but also be made of countries that are in 3rd world conditions? Over 90 % of
    Diamonds come from Africa, but we all know that they probably receive less than 10% of that revenue.

    Deebeers control the diamond market and have a revenue of 6 plus billion annually. The company is ran by the British and founded by Dutch. Let that sink in

  • GAPeach

    I like the new layout Sandra, but the pics are loading really slow. Just figured I'd give my input since you were asking.

  • Carrington

    Gat damn it!! I usually listen to Real Time while I cut the grass on Saturday's... I didn't cut grass this weekend and totally forgot until you just reminded me! THANKS!!! I've been looking for something to listen to at work today and watching The Twilight Zone on Netflix is wearing me out!

  • Yup, I said it

    Chile Richard was doing too damn much and trying to show off and impress his activist friends. He should have assisted them with safely returning back to their homeland and then told them, "now, don't y'all do this shit again." ?

  • Starburst

    I'm curious as to why when we speak about Africa why the emphasis of continent? I believe there are about 6 or 7 other continents (Oceania, Europe, Asia, North America, Africa, South America) where we don't refer to the continent of Asia or the continent of Europe. Is it because people don't know Africa is a continent? Just curious.

  • ALLMINE?

    So the government they come from ain't shit too right?

  • GAPeach

    You should be able to catch it on On Demand. He looked like he wanted to hook off on her. She wasn't cutting him no slack. It was hilarious.

  • http://realitytea.com Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    Wonder whose bright idea it was to change the format here.

    Nobody asked but here are my thoughts.

    1. It is slow and the maneuvering is cumbersome.
    2. Need to see my photos with the news - like sugar with coffee
    3. Looks very bland - like eating white bread after switching to wheat

    Know you're still working on your upgrade Auntie Sandra so can't wait for the content in the white space on the right. Wishing you continued success with your hustle in the meantime,

  • http://realitytea.com Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    It's really surprising. For the past year he has bent over backwards to be diplomatic in his criticism.

  • Meme

    You do realise that regarding Europe a few of these people (Africans crossing) have paid a few thousand dollars or pounds to make that perilous crossing, this few thousand dollars if they are in their own country they can start a business with it? Can't speak of the Mexicans and Nicaraguans because I don't know. But I know for a fact the Africans pay people smugglers, sometimes the people smugglers just dump them in a sinking ship and leave them to live or die

  • Nik

    Because historically Africans have been considered a monolith, most likely due to racist white anthropologists who pegged sub-Saharan Africans as THE face of Africa. Therefore, what happens in one country represents all despite the vast differences in everything from religion to phenotype.

  • TheOwley

    Applause. Now that's how you do it. Way to go Italy. He and Clooney and the whole lot of them need to take a few of these migrants to their home. If you gonna talk the talk, you better walk it. What was this idiot thinking.

  • Meme

    Don't worry you are preaching to the choir I know Africa is a continent with many countries dialects tribes phenotypes blah blah blah but I understand what you mean

  • currvalicious

    Richard Here has always been handsome. Aging nicely.

  • Starburst

    Thanks!

  • Starburst

    Thanks for the explanation.

  • TransMichelle

    Here are the EU's new innovators, leaders, prosperity builders and engineers who will make Europe Great Again.

    https://youtu.be/MFkTluEP8tA
    Salvini says F*ck No...No More....! Italy is part of the EU. By the way, these migrants stormed Spanish enclave of Ceuta, and attacked police with acid.

  • Starburst

    Corruption has been at the forefront of Africa since slavery days. The oil industry has been controlled by Qatar, Kuwait, Iran since 1960 and now there are a few African countries that own a piece of the oil marketshare. Corruption is all over the world.

  • KLove

    because Italy is giving away free stuff!!

  • MJF

    I don't like it at all honestly and I support this blog. It's giving me Mediatakeout vibes which is scary because I despise MTO

  • KLove

    Right...so we are supposed to believe that the next Albert Einstein or Florence Nightingale exists amongst these migrants that are searching for a better life???

  • Nik

    At minimum they should let them dock and have a brief holding period before deportation. However, that would cost Italy money and since the problem is not theirs anyway, they want to keep it that way.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Not my battle ?????

  • Bushbabe

    Just down the street from liberal wacko Hollywood "Skid Row is an area of Downtown Los Angeles. As of the 2000 census, the population of the district was 17,740. Skid Row was defined in a decision in Jones v. City of Los Angeles as the area east of Main Street, south of Third Street, west of Alameda Street, and north of Seventh Street. "

  • Nik

    Talk about it! Like this guy is acting brand dayum new!

  • Bushbabe

    Why is this wacko interfering in other peoples problems when there are homeless people on Sid row that could use his help?

  • Pamela

    Pray do tell us about your experience. Who knows, it might prove to be useful to others on this here blog .

  • Pamela

    More like a deplorable perhaps?

  • Ryan

    ^^The truth. But "the others" won't admit it cause they're too chickenshit to say it even from behind their keyboard - they hate black and brown people and want their own "YT" paradise with maybe a few brown servants. That was when America was "great", like their great-grandpappy told 'em.

  • Pamela

    You are such an attention seeking idiot.
    BLOCKED!

  • Ryan

    Debeers has been overinflating the value of diamonds and funneling that money out of Africa for so long.

    I always say this - if diamonds are supposed to be so rare and precious why can you find them in every pawn shop in the world?

  • http://realitytea.com Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    Yep, they look fly-by-night, amateurish to be followed up with lies and shit slinging. We know that is NOT what Auntie is striving for after all of these years.

  • Pamela

    You tell no lies. My African brothers are God-given handsome. May their dreams of a better life for them and their families be realized.

  • Pamela

    Ever heard of the saying "No man's an island"?

  • onelove

    and he better not bring them ova here and use this like slaves!! gotta watch these CRACKERS!!!!!

  • Daffany Rose-Gilbert

    Richard Gere is still a class act and still fine as h*ll. Always have loved him since An Officer and Gentlemen

  • Daffany Rose-Gilbert

    Yess!!

  • Meme

    My goodness I used to have respect for you I was just about to reply to your post below (politely) but I can see you're an arsehole so block away you prick consider yourself blocked too,you have proved yourself to be trash so toodles!!!!!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Lmao!!! You such a humanitarian Sis!?

  • Pamela

    Richard Gere practices Buddhism. I highly doubt he could engage in the exploitation of other human beings. Of course I do realize you just joking.???

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    ???

  • Chhzz

    Love the new look sandra

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Ever heard the flight attendant tell folks to put on their own oxygen masks before they try to help others.

  • Lucky8

    The kid on the picture could be a model. Where are the modeling agencies at? Come get this kid stat

  • The Chosen 1.

    I'm, at my desk, rolling over laughing.

  • Li-Wright

    Like the new look, but the page is still slow....anywho, I read somewhere (don't know where) that man-made islands can be built specifically for refugees. This refugee problem will continue infinity because of climate change and crooked dictators. The UN is spineless. It needs to form an army and kick some of these dictators out. Put in leaders who will do right by the people. Libya would be right today if the US and West had not killed Ghadafi. The reason the US pulled back on Syria is because of Libya and we didn't want another catastrophe.

  • Reenaface

    Sandra, I like what you did with the place...

  • Renee26

    Obviously not if their citizens are seeking refuge

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Thank you. I'm working on that.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I'm removing that slider thing. So the first post will always be the first on the top row of the thumbnails.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Whenever I upgrade my blog, there are lots of technical issues to iron out. Thank you for your patience.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I don't write politics anymore. Sandrarose.com is a gossip blog.

  • dontgetblocked

    Oh no! Let that boat sit there! They'll turn around and go back home.

  • dontgetblocked

    Ricky is slumming with the darkies before flying home in his private jet to one of his mansion. HIs net worth is 120 million. I like how the Italian leader called him out.

  • Logan Roberts

    Richard Gere is still Zaddy out here in these streets.....

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    No worries hun I know from the last upgrade. I want a ad spot. I’m going to email you

  • GAPeach

    You got this! You've been working on the site, and still kicked out a bunch of posts. Hats off to you Miss. https://media2.giphy.com/media/HjheuybfwDGnu/giphy.gif

  • https://nylapoprush.com/home twitch.tv/NylaPop

    Join the club. Pam's been blocked over here lol

  • Chulita

    Yes!!! Thank you. Where all the rich folk helping all the homeless in LA? They could fix it in one day if they wanted!

  • Chulita

    Lol!!!

  • Eileen

    The italian minister is right! At the rate this world is going there will not be an africa or middle est if everyone leaves it. Richard is a rich man he can house them in one of his houses and send the rest to his rich liberal hollywood buddies!

  • Eileen

    Yeah tons of homeless in san franciso!
    Charity begins at home!