There's a silver lining to be grabbed onto as another crazy week winds down, and it's this — Patrick Stewart is reportedly applying for U.S. citizenship. Two things: The first is that I am incredibly excited that I could one day call Stewart a fellow American, and the second is that Stewart is reportedly applying because he'd like to "fight" President Trump. Not in a "I challenge you to a round of fisticuffs, good sir!" kind of way; more like an "I'd like to dismantle oppression, Mr. President" kind of way. I'm all in favor of the method that most artfully and humanely gets the job done. Stewart, ever the model of a good Englishman, could become the U.S. hero we need during these uncertain political times.
Stewart revealed his intentions during Friday's broadcast of The View while promoting his new film, Logan. After some light ribbing and conversation around his new role in The Emoji Movie, the interview turned political. Co-host Joy Behar mentioned that Stewart has recently tweeted out he had slept poorly while in Washington, D.C. with his wife, because he was in close proximity to Trump. Stewart recounted how he had been in town to meet with friends who worked in D.C. and whose brains he wanted to pick on "what to do" with the current administration.
From there, Stewart went on to say:
"Maybe it's the only good thing as a result of the [U.S.] election, I am applying for citizenship because I want to be an American, too. Because I want to be an American, too. All of my friends in Washington said: ‘There is one thing you can do. Fight, fight; oppose, oppose.’ But I can’t do it because I’m not a citizen."
Be still my beating heart. Is this really happening?
In case it's taking longer than expected for the heavenly chorus to die down, I'll repeat that for you: Stewart will be applying to become a U.S. citizen. Stewart's words on The View imply that his intentions may be, in part, so that he can fight against the Trump administration in an effective way — likely through getting himself to the polls for midterm elections or contacting representatives. How epic is that?
Stewart's quest to obtain U.S. citizenship could be a potentially rocky one, but goodness knows we definitely deserve a member of the X-Men fighting for the American people these days.