Finally, a celebrity who gets it! From one of the most unexpected of places, a German Oktoberfest podcast for venture capitalists called Bits & Pretzels, comes the empathy, compassion and perspective on the economic devastation of the coronavirus pandemic that’s been missing from so many other celebrity missives. In this moment in history, Kevin Spacey, man of the people, is the voice of the downtrodden and unemployed. Kevin said he understands what it’s like to have your world change overnight and to be told “that you can’t go back to work or that you might lose your job” due to a “situation that you have absolutely no control over.” Kevin delivered this powerful message with such force and conviction, you’ll find yourself weeping uncontrollably (from laughter).
Kevin’s appearance on a podcast, for “a 3-day conference for founders and people from the startup ecosystem” that takes place in Munich during Oktoberfest to talk about the coronavirus, is confusing. One might assume they’re really scraping the bottom of the beer barrel, but Kevin’s been a keynote speaker for the event in the past. Kevin took the opportunity to talk about how he can relate to people who have lost their jobs after having gone through the “painful” journey of losing his livelihood in “just a matter of hours.” According to The Daily Mail:
The actor, who has not appeared in a professional movie or series since the accusations were made, said: ‘I don’t often like to tell people that I can relate to their situation because I think it undermines the experience that they may be having which is their own unique and very personal experience.’
Spacey added ‘But in this instance I feel as though I can relate to what it feels like to have your world suddenly stop.
‘And so while we may have found ourselves in similar situations, albeit for very different reasons and circumstances, I still believe that some of the emotional struggles are very much the same.
Whoa, Kevin. Don’t sell your pain short here. I can’t believe people are out here complaining about being in quarantine and unable to work for a few months. Kevin’s been untouchable since 2017! He continued:
‘And so I do have empathy for what it feels like to suddenly be told that you can’t go back to work or that you might lose your job and that it’s a situation that you have absolutely no control over.’
At the end of the podcast interview, Spacey added: ‘I was so busy defining myself by what I did or what I was trying to do, that when it all stopped I had no idea what to do next.
‘I don’t want to sugarcoat this devastating time that we’re in, I am hoping that I can encourage you to see an opportunity in all of this and turn this into a positive.’
Keep your head up! Remember to stay positive. Just look at Kevin, one of his accusers died under mysterious circumstances, another died by suicide and another pleaded the 5th and the criminal case was dismissed. That’s not luck, my friends, that’s the power of positive thinking. Maybe the coronavirus will die under mysterious circumstances too! You never know.
Here’s Kevin’s rousing speech. If you can’t stand to hear him smugly pontificate on how hard he’s had it, please at least skip ahead to his conclusion at about 6:30 where whoever is taping this, presumably a fan, lets out a nervous “oh god” when Kevin starts talking about how he can’t wait to see everybody in their “tight-fitting leather pants.”