Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Mexican Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu holds his three Oscars for for his film "Birdman" which won best director, best original screenplay and best picture at the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

In a discussion with WNYC’s Studio 360, on the back of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “The Revenant” getting nominated for 12 Oscars, he continues to be vocal about Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric. The director insists he feels more pity than anything towards the aspiring presidential candidate. “To be so rich and so bitter…it’s a poor man whose only possession is money, and that’s the lesson we all have to learn.”

This also echoes Iñárritu’s Best Picture acceptance speech at last year’s Oscars, which he dedicated to “all fellow Mexicans who live in Mexico” and expressed his wish that those who live in the U.S. be treated with the same dignity than the immigrants that build this nation. “What I feel is a little bit compassion…it’s part of the ignorance that is based on fear, and prejudice to find the otherness, to be threatened,” the director explained. “When you generalize like that, you are taking out the humanity, the integrity, of human beings.”

Iñárritu also assures these remarks and demeaning approaches (from Trump and other Republicans “are coming from ignorance.” Listen to a fragment of the interview below:

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