Actress Sydney Sweeney Says There Were ‘So Many Misinterpretations’ Of MAGA Party

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SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 06: Sydney Sweeney attends the 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 06, 2022 in Santa Monica, California.

Actress Sydney Sweeney, notably of HBO’s “Euphoria” is Variety’s latest cover star, and the actress spoke on the several lingering question marks surrounding her career and personal life. In the interview, the actress notably touched upon the viral photos she once shared from her mother’s 60th birthday party in Idaho. The images showed partygoers wearing MAGA-inspired hats and Blue Lives Matter shirts.

MAGA, or “Make America Great Again”, remains a slogan at the forefront of right-wing and Republican politics. Former U.S. President Donald Trump popularized the phrase during both his 2016 and 2020 campaigns. The Blue Lives Matter movement refers to the conservative response to the Black Lives Matter movement, which advocates for the thousands of Black American victims who perished at the hands of police brutality.

OREM, UT - JUNE 26: A Romney supporter listens to a speaker as he wears a "Make America Great Again" hat at the Mitt Romney election party on June 26, 2018 in Orem, Utah. It is primary election day in Utah and Romney is running for the Utah U.S. Senate seat of Senator Orin Hatch who is retiring.
OREM, UT – JUNE 26: A Romney supporter listens to a speaker as he wears a “Make America Great Again” hat at the Mitt Romney election party on June 26, 2018 in Orem, Utah. It is primary election day in Utah and Romney is running for the Utah U.S. Senate seat of Senator Orin Hatch who is retiring. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

 

The MAGA hats instead actually read “Make 60 Great Again” in honor of Sweeney’s mother’s birthday. The actress shared photos of the party last year, quickly sparking backlash for her alleged support of her family’s conservative politics.

Now, Sweeney claims that there were “so many misinterpretations” of the viral images seen around the world at the party. The actress claimed that the partygoers wearing conservative themed clothing were not her family members, and that they wore the items to poke fun at their perception of conservatives in rural Idaho where the party was held.

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Social Media Response To MAGA Hat-Gate

Many feel that Sweeney is doing too little too late.

Others reminded the internet that Sweeney hails from Spokane, Washington, a city that allegedly leans right.

Elsewhere, some argued that the actress should not feel forced to speak on her political views. After starring as Cassie Howard in “Euphoria”, the actress appeared in “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” “Voyeurs,” and more. Sweeney most recently received acclaim for her role as real-life NSA leaker Reality Winner in HBO’s “Reality.” Fans feel that the actress should instead be given more time to speak on her successful career.

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In the interview, Sweeney additionally addressed two other lingering question marks. The actress once alleged that she felt uncomfortable with her amount of nude scenes in Sam Levinson’s “Euphoria.” Now, Sweeney continues to defend the controversial writer-director.

Outside of the Levinson controversies, Sweeney also unwittingly found herself embroiled in a rom-com alleged cheating scandal. Her onscreen love interest in “Anyone But You”, actor Glen Powell, broke up with his longtime girlfriend GiGi Paris amid their once rumored romantic relationship.

Sweeney, however, has finally set the record straight, asserting that they are simply close friends and colleagues. Sweeney is engaged to restauranteur Jonathan Davino. Powell is yet to comment further on the matter at this time.

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