Dick Cheney’s daughter fires back at Christian Bale’s ‘Satan’ comment

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After actor Christian Bale referenced former Vice President Dick Cheney as “Satan” in his Golden Globes acceptance speech last night, Cheney’s daughter Liz responded on Twitter. She also brought up an allegation of domestic abuse against Bale that was eventually dismissed.

“Thank you to …Satan…for giving me inspiration on how to play this role,” Bale said after winning “Best Actor in Film, Comedy, or Musical” for playing Cheney in Vice.

The line drew laughter and applause from the audience, as Cheney was instrumental in the U.S. going to war in Iraq and in instituting the torture of detainees. Many on Twitter also loved the comment, including the Church of Satan because, obviously.

Soon after, Liz Cheney tweeted, “Satan probably inspired him to do this, too. Christian Bale arrested for ‘assault on mother and sister.'” She was referencing the 2008 incident for which Bale was arrested following an alleged family fight, but the charges were eventually dismissed. 

Her “don’t throw stones” retort was met with an intense backlash by people who simply hate her father, however.

Vice, released in December, covers Cheney’s role in the Iraq War but also humanizes him as a father trying to come to terms with his daughter Mary Cheney being gay. Liz and Mary had been in the public eye for their disagreement on the issue of same-sex marriage, which was reportedly a crucial factor in Liz’s run for U.S. Senate for 2014. She eventually dropped out, but people remember her selling her sister out on the issue of same-sex marriage. And many responding on Twitter reminded her of that.

Liz did have support from other conservatives though, who were, of course, also unhappy about the Satan reference.

Samira Sadeque

Samira Sadeque

Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque