Perhaps the most famous person in the art of documentary filmmaking is Ken Burns. The act of panning and zooming around a still image has been coined "the Ken Burns effect"; it was made famous in his historical documentaries. Burns has been notoriously impartial throughout his career, making sure not to include his own bias in his films, but he has decided that Trump has gone too far.
During a speech at Standford Burns recently said:
...a person who easily lies, creating an environment where the truth doesn’t seem to matter; who has never demonstrated any interest in anyone or anything but himself and his own enrichment; who insults veterans, threatens a free press, mocks the handicapped, denigrates women, immigrants and all Muslims; a man who took more than a day to remember to disavow a supporter who advocates white supremacy and the Ku Klux Klan; an infantile, bullying man who, depending on his mood, is willing to discard old and established alliances, treaties, and long-standing relationships. I feel genuine sorrow for the understandably scared and — they feel — powerless people who have flocked to his campaign in the mistaken belief that — as often happens on TV — a wand can be waved and every complicated problem can be solved with the simplest of solutions. They can’t. It is a political Ponzi scheme. And asking this man to assume the highest office in the land would be like asking a newly minted car driver to fly a 747.
Burns has since gone on CNN to make his views public.
I have never in my life come forward and spoken as I have. All of my films have been consciously neutral, but there comes a time when you have to say: we have to wake up. This could be like Germany in the early thirties or Italy in the early thirties, and the world cannot afford that again.
Critics are saying that Burns has stepped outside of his bounds by choosing one candidate over another, but Burns believes the issue is much deeper than basic political policies.
This is not a liberal or conservative, republican or democratic, red state or blue state issue. This is an American issue. We, as American people, reject this kind of thing.
Burns' message was more about treating everyone with love and compassion rather than being overrun with fear — a fear he believes Donald Trump is exploiting.
As an American citizen who loves his country, it is time to just say no.
I'm sure most photographers look up to Ken Burns and many of you reading this may be Trump supporters. So, what do you think? Was he out of line for making his beliefs public, or is he honorable for doing what he believes is right?