In the wake of last week’s mass school shooting in Florida, Hollywood A-lister Kate Hudson has let her thoughts be known on gun control – one of the US’s more divisive issues.
Speaking this week at a Business Chicks lunch in Sydney, Hudson told the 1600-strong crowd that she in no way supports a ban on guns because she believes fully in the supreme law of the United States.
“I’m a great believer in upholding the constitution … I believe in upholding our second constitution amendment [the right of the people to keep and bear arms].”
But she followed it up by saying she would like to see stricter gun laws.
She explained that her contrasting views stem from her “very interesting political background”.
“My dad Kurt [Russell] is a libertarian and mom [Goldie Hawn] is quite liberal, so I grew up with very different political views for an American household, which is actually kind of rare,” she sad.
“They are polar opposites. All of us kids ended up somewhere in the middle.”
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Student survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting confronted Florida’s lawmakers on Wednesday in the first youth-led anti-gun movement, as thousands of other students walked out of their classrooms in solidarity at schools across the state.
Kate Hudson at the Business Chicks lunch at the International Convention Centre in Sydney on Tuesday.
George and Amal Clooney, Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg have all pledged hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of the March for Our Lives rally on the White House next month.
Hudson’s off-topic gun control comment was one of the few interesting things she said (apart from that she is set to star in another rom-com) during the pre-rehearsed, 48 minute Q&A with Business Chicks CEO Emma in Sydney.
Kate Hudson with her step-father Kurt Russell and mother Goldie Hawn.
Issacs played it safe question-wise, championing the fast growth of Hudson’s athleisure brand, Fabletics, and the profits it makes ($300 million in revenue), failing to mention how the company was forced to improve the transparency of its pricing model after a raft of complaints to the Australia Competition and Consumer Commission in 2016.
Dealing with adversity in business surely would have been useful information for the entrepreneurs in the room, who had forked out a hefty $269 ($239 for members) for tickets.
Hudson with Business Chicks CEO Emma Issacs.
In promotion for the talk, the Time’s Up movement was heralded as one of the main topics of discussion, but on the day it seemed skimmed over with Hudson reciting: “We all know someone who had had an experience” and “It’s great that women are able to talk to each other about their experiences now.”
Her friendship with Harvey Weinstein was not discussed, neither were the changes taking place in Hollywood at the moment.
In Sydney, she also discussed her favourite film (Fool’s Gold); why she doesn’t mind ageing (because she likes to remain positive); how she recently starred in a movie directed by Australian singer and producer Sia, but she couldn’t speak about it; and how she loves to throw parties.
Really riveting stuff.
But Hudson was more open in front of the 1600 guests in Melbourne on Wednesday on the second day of her Business Chicks Australian talking tour when she went into more detail about her experience with Time’s Up.
“I’ve got so many stories. I’ve struggled. Do I tell my story? Does it matter if I tell?” she said.
“I’m talking to my mum, that generation, it’s like the stories are endless, just endless.”
Journalists were told a firm “no” when they requested interviews with Hudson, while The Sydney Morning Herald‘s photographer was turned away from the event.
The organisation’s official photographer was the only one permitted to take images, which then had to be approved by Hudson and her people before they were distributed to media.
It’s was Hudson’s fourth time to Australia – a country she said she loves after spending six months here in 2006 to film Fool’s Gold alongside Matthew McConaughey.