Grammer’s political diagnosis
Kelsey Grammer is worried about America, says Amy Nicholson in TheGuardian.com. The 63-year-old actor spent 20 years as TV’s best-known fictional therapist on Cheers and Frasier, but right now he thinks it’s his country that could use some therapy. In a bitterly divided nation, “People are swift to judge, swift to react, swift to punish,” Grammer says. As a rare outspoken Republican in Hollywood, Grammer once flirted with a run for political office; he later speculated that his political affiliation might have cost him an Emmy nomination. In the Trump era, Grammer would rather not participate in the nasty rancor of political combat, fancying himself a kindly conservative more invested in the emotional healing of the country. He won’t defend Trump supporter and sitcom star Roseanne Barr for her career-derailing racist tweets, conceding, “Some lines have been drawn.” But Grammer thinks there’s a risk to overcorrecting for such transgressions. “I don’t think it’s the best side of us to punish everybody who says something that we don’t particularly like.” He’s cautiously optimistic that the current climate won’t last. “We can get better,” he says.