Belfast Telegraph

Bill Murray: We’re all slaves

Bill Murray spoke about how the “world is changing” during his first visit to Comic Con on Thursday.

The 64-year-old actor visited Comic Con 2015 in San Diego, California for the first time on Thursday to promote his forthcoming comedy Rock the Kasbah, which also stars Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson and Zooey Deschanel.

Bill was asked a vague question about social media, empowering minorities and what he does to help make life better for other people while sitting on a panel at the convention.

And in response to the inquiry, the Groundhog Day star shared his philosophical insights on how humans are culturally transforming.

“The world is changing. It’s very slow, and it doesn’t change the way we want it… it’s planetary, it’s universal,” Bill explained, according to Entertainment Weekly magazine. “You can hit a table and say: ‘This is wrong.’ There’s a flag flying from a building in South Carolina that people are really upset about. It’s gonna change. But it doesn’t change because people say so. We were a country that was founded with a glorious Declaration of Independence, at a time when we still had slavery! The deal was: Okay, we’ll sign it, but in 1820, the laws will start changing. They made a 50-year-plan to get it done. It’s insane, but you had to make some kind of compromise.

“It was wrong. Still is wrong. You can only make it happen so fast. How do you make it change? It starts with yourself. We are slaves ourselves. We’re slaves to our own weaknesses. We’re slaves to our bodies, to our emotions. If you can free your own self, that’s the best thing you can do.”

During his talk Bill was referring to the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting, which took place on June 17 in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. A 21-year-old white supremacist murdered nine African-American church members in the tragedy, a slaughter that sparked a campaign to remove the Confederate flag from government buildings.

On June 27 Bree Newsome actually scaled the flagpole at the South Carolina State House to remove the banner herself - an activist act that landed her in jail.

The Confederate flag symbolises the union of American southern states in which slavery was legal before the Civil War took place.

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