Mick Jagger rarely comments on politics, but today (September 7) at a film premiere at the Venice Film Festival, the Rolling Stones frontman spoke about climate change.
Reuters reports that around 300 climate change activists were protesting near the red carpet where stars including Brad Pitt, Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix premiered their latest films during the 11-day fesstival.
“I am glad they’re doing that because they’re the ones that are going to inherit the planet,” Jagger said at a news conference to promote Burnt Orange Heresy, which he co-stars in.
Jagger, who penned the lyrics to “Street Fighting Man” admitted that he was “not always for civility,” according to the AFP. But he also noted that “the polarisation and incivility in public life” has become a toxic issue.
“It is not about manners,” Jagger insisted, saying he was fearful about “where all this polarization and rudeness and lying is going to lead us.”
“We’re in a very difficult situation at the moment, especially in the U.S. where all the environmental controls that were put in place, that perhaps were just about adequate, say, for the last 10 years, are being rolled back by the current administration, so much that they will be wiped out.”
“I am glad people feel so strongly about it they want to protest anywhere whether it’s the red carpet or another place,” he added.