(Video: Fox News)
Fox News host Greg Gutfeld discussed actor and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s (R-CA) recent message to Russians, urging them to end the war, and whether it would have an impact and his own survey said, “NO.”
The panel discussion on Friday’s episode of “Gutfeld!” was queued up after the host shared snippets of the more than nine-minute-long post by Schwarzenegger. Gutfeld called the heartfelt message “powerful, persuasive and polite,” as the actor recounted the burden that his own father, a Nazi soldier in WWII, lived with his whole life after participating in a war based on lies.
retweeted nearly 300k times – its powerful. persuasive. polite (which actually matters). but to quote a russian who hates this invasion, you cant reach the unreachable. i hope he's wrong. https://t.co/ugkQ7Com0V
— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) March 18, 2022
“I don’t want you to be broken like my father,” Schwarzenegger expressed directly to the Russian soldiers. Meanwhile, he called protesters in Russia standing against the invasion of Ukraine his “new heroes” for incurring beatings, arrests, and jail time for their efforts.
Gutfeld noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom Schwarzenegger called out by name, follows the actor on Twitter and brought up a question that he posed to his Russian wife, Elena Moussa.
“I talked to my wife, Elena, who is Russian…she thought it was great,” Gutfeld explained, before he asked her whether it “would move the needle” at all on Russian response to the war.
Moussa responded with a “string of laugh emojis followed by a capitalized ‘NO.’ And she’s somebody you know, very, very, very anti-Putin,” he recounted, drawing the conclusion that while Americans might respond positively or be spurred to action from something like this, Russians don’t have freedom of speech and think differently.
She is currently close to those fleeing the conflict after having flown to Poland to reunite with her mother who had been trapped in Ukraine. Gutfeld’s mother-in-law had been assisted by Fox News colleagues in crossing the border after making her way to Lviv, Ukraine before ultimately making it to Warsaw, Poland to be with her daughter.
While the panel noted the character witness testimony that Moussa brought to the discussion, they also felt that the video didn’t have to impact everyone. If it merely reached a core group of people to help deliver a change in their perspective, they believed it could make a difference.
However, it was also noted that considering the level of propaganda being distributed throughout the region, those who might be active on social media may already be in the know as to what is truth and what constitutes lies from their leaders. In that regard, Moussa’s point about seeing little change coming from Schwarzenegger’s plea was endorsed.
The group also pointed out that while well-intentioned and better received than other celebrity attempts to speak out on wars, social media was hardly the avenue to take in attempting to make a real difference in a conflict. As Gutfeld tweeted, “you can’t reach the unreachable.”
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