Clooney com­pares Hous­ton to Syria

Metro Canada (Toronto) - - MONEY & MOVIES -

Ge­orge Clooney says the storm dev­as­ta­tion wrought in Hous­ton is akin to the dam­age suf­fered in war-torn Syria.

The movie star made the anal­ogy at a press con­fer­ence to pro­mote his lat­est di­rec­to­rial ef­fort, Subur­bicon, at the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

Clooney urged peo­ple to help Hous­ton res­i­dents still reel­ing from the af­ter­math of hur­ri­cane Har­vey, declar­ing: “Hous­ton is Syria, quite hon­estly.”

The movie star said vic­tims of the storm are now refugees “based on some­thing that had noth­ing to do with them.”

He also ex­pressed con­cern for those in Florida, where a cat­e­gory 4 hur­ri­cane plowed through the Florida Keys hours ear­lier with 215 km/h winds.

An es­ti­mated 127,000 peo­ple have taken cover in shel­ters statewide as rain knocked out power to more than one mil­lion cus­tomers.

Talk turned po­lit­i­cal early on in Sun­day’s press con­fer­ence, where Clooney and stars Matt Da­mon, Ju­lianne Moore and Karimah West­brook freely delved into cur­rent events.

“Peo­ple in Hous­ton are now refugees based on some­thing that had noth­ing to do with them,” Clooney said of the dis­as­ter, which dev­as­tated much of Texas, caused at least 60 deaths and up to $180 bil­lion US in dam­age.

“They are now vic­tims. And they are out of their homes and they’re go­ing to be suf­fer­ing for a long time. And much like the peo­ple and chil­dren in Syria we are go­ing to have to find ways to be in­volved. That is our job as ci­ti­zens of the world and all of us are go­ing to find our ways to do that.”

Moore agreed, won­der­ing what it will take to “get be­yond trib­al­ism and na­tion­al­ism and think of our­selves as hu­man be­ings of the world.”

“This is hap­pen­ing ev­ery­where, where peo­ple are be­ing forced out of their homes and their nations and are look­ing for a place to go,” said Moore.

“And the only way we can help each other is by erad­i­cat­ing all of those bor­ders and think­ing glob­ally.”

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ge­orge Clooney ex­pressed his con­cern for the vic­tims of hur­ri­cane Har­vey on Sun­day in toronto.

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