Christian Bale’s impressive portrayal of former vice president Dick Cheney in Vice earned him a best actor Golden Globe on Sunday night. And during his speech, the actor made sure to thank someone very important for inspiring him in the role: Satan.
Speaking in his normal British accent, which caught a lot of people by surprise, Bale referred to Cheney as a “charisma-free a**hole” “reviled by everybody” and said, “Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration for playing this role.”
Bale also threw out a suggestion for who he could play next: Mitch McConnell.
The Satan comment drew lots of laughs from the audience, and from people on Twitter who were watching at home.
Christian Bale just thanked "Satan, for the inspiration" during his acceptance speech for playing Dick Cheney in 'Vice' and I am DED #GoldenGlobes— shauna (@goldengateblond) January 7, 2019
In winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, I have never heard anything more appropriate than Christian Bale thanking Satan for his inspiration in playing Dick Cheney. #GoldenGlobes— Bill Madden (@activist360) January 7, 2019
Christian Bale just thanked Satan for giving him the inspiration to play Dick Cheney and then blasted Mitch McConnell. I love 2019!— Ryan Knight ?? (@ProudResister) January 7, 2019
Christian Bale thanking Satan at the Golden Globes is truly the mood for 2019.— tessa (@sherlockify) January 7, 2019
You’re welcome Christian Bale! #GoldenGlobes2019— Satan (@s8n) January 7, 2019
The Church of Satan responded to Bale in a tweet last night, and they approve.
To us, Satan is a symbol of pride, liberty and individualism, and it serves as an external metaphorical projection of our highest personal potential. As Mr. Bale's own talent and skill won him the award, this is fitting. Hail Christian! Hail Satan! https://t.co/ILuK8TFZXi— The Church Of Satan (@ChurchofSatan) January 7, 2019
A tweet from the official Twitter account of the Church of Satan read, “To us, Satan is a symbol of pride, liberty and individualism, and it serves as an extreme metaphorical projection of our highest personal potential. As Mr. Bale’s own talent and skill won him the award, this is fitting. Hail Christian! Hale Satan!”
But of course, not everyone was happy about Bale thanking Satan. Conservatives were predictably angry.
Christian Bale just referred to Dick Cheney as a "charisma free asshole"--and thanked "Satan" for providing the inspiration to play him. Gee, some people in America consider Cheney a bright, principled, conservative public servant and loving husband and father.#GoldenGIobes— Larry Elder (@larryelder) January 7, 2019
Liz Cheney, upset by Bale’s comments about her father, tweeted a reminder that Bale was arrested in 2008 for allegedly assaulting his sister and mother.
Satan probably inspired him to do this, too. Christian Bale arrested for 'assault on mother and sister'| The Independent. https://t.co/kesnNno9Zv— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) January 7, 2019
Linking to an article about the arrest, Liz Cheney wrote, “Satan probably inspired him to do this, too.”
However, as the Daily Beast pointed out, there was some context missing from her tweet. Bale denied the allegation when he was arrested, and the “assault” actually referred to him shouting obscenities at his mother after she insulted his wife. There was apparently no physical attack, and in the end, British authorities dismissed the charges due to “insufficient evidence.”
People stuck up for Bale, though, and pointed out how truly evil Dick Cheney really is.
Those people would also be charisma free assholes. Cheney made billions off of an illegal and ill-considered war, which is a nice way to say he started a war so he could profit from it. He belongs on a bench in the Hague as a war criminal.
— Lensone (@bethelens) January 7, 2019
Cheney signed a waterboarding bottle. He’s a very loving person.
— Theo ? (@TheoKyrillidis) January 7, 2019
Gee, some people in America consider Cheney to be a war criminal. Probably why he can’t travel outside the US #GoldenGlobes2019
— ? Cindy Perry ? (@CindyPerry6) January 7, 2019
h/t: Daily Beast