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Jessica Lange Speaks Outside U.N.

Aired March 10, 2003 - 10:56   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: Part the Hollywood goes to New York. I'm talking about Jessica Lange, who is now speaking now about her involvement in the anti-war stance that that she's taking, right outside of the U.N.
Let's listen in.

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JESSICA LANGE, ACTRESS: ... the appalling silence of good people. That will do us the most harm.

So you can see me as one who is using my celebrity status to take advantage of these forums, or you can see me as a see myself, as a mother, an American mother, who happens to come from the Midwest, who feels that it is my duty to take this opportunity to speak out, and to speak for the people across this country and across the world who do not have the forum to speak out, because the people resisting this march to war cuts across race, religion, nationalities, political affiliations -- it is a universal movement. And the resistance is enormous, and growing more powerful by the hour, because we understand it to be an unjust and immoral war.

In order for a just war to go forward, there must be sufficient moral authority to proceed. And when the pope and the major U.S. religious leaders disagree with the administration, it has to raise serious doubts about the legitimacy of this war.

And after months and months of trying to convince the American people and the world that this administration has justification for this unprecedented preemptive attack of the magnitude that they have described, they have yet to make their case, and I don't think I need to go over all the reasons...

WHITFIELD: Speaking out right now, actress Jessica Lange, not at all deterred by the talk of possibly being blacklisted as an actor by taking this very political stance against the Bush administration's wishes of a possible war with Iraq. She says she is speaking out as an American mother, and not just as an artist, and is using her celebrity status in which to make a point.

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