A bevy of celebrities took to social media to express their disdain for the actions of rioters at the US Capitol. These rioters were supporters of President Donald Trump who will vacate his position on Jan 20 after losing a national election to President-elect Joe Biden.
The rioters were not the only people to receive scathing criticism from celebrities. President Trump himself was also singled out for rebuke because ever since losing the election, he had consistently been making baseless claims of voter fraud. Republican politicians such as Jim Jordan, Ted Cruz, and Josh Hawley were also targeted because of their implicit or explicit support of the rioters, Trump, or both.
Celebrities’ Reactions on Social Media
Actor Mark Ruffalo posted the following tweet: “Imagine if this was our side. There would be rivers of our blood in the streets and not a single one of us would be armed. This has been allowed. #CoupAttempt”.
Director Matthew A. Cherry and actor Chris Evans agreed with Ruffalo’s tweet. Both wrote that authorities would have done much more damage during other riots.
Director James Gunn, meanwhile, wrote this on Twitter: “So, Trump tweeted something now. Which is good. He had to wait until AFTER his followers had pushed past police and entered the Capitol building and there was a face off with guns, but, you know, okay.”
James Mangold, the director of movies such as Logan, Girl, Interrupted, and Walk the Line, went a step further. In a tweet of his own, he called upon the entire entertainment to boycott Fox Corporation and all entities affiliated with it. Fox News has long been known for its unwavering support of Trump. Mangold reserved particular criticism for Rupert Murdoch, the media tycoon who owns the corporation.
One Twitter user responded to Mangold’s tweet by asking Mangold about his past days in the film industry. Many of Mangold’s movies have direct affiliations with Fox. The netizen then openly labeled Mangold a hypocrite for doing so. A contrite Mangold sent the user the following reply: “I should have stood up sooner. I regret ever helping the Murdochs make a dollar in the past. They are deplorable.”
Many well-known figures in Hollywood called for Trump’s impeachment. Among the most notable to do so included Chris Hayes, Mike Birbiglia, Dylan O’Brien, and Dylan Minnette. Trump’s involvement on social media did not go unnoticed, either; Sacha Baron Cohen implored company leaders at Google, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter to ban Trump from those social media platforms.
8th January 2021 13:00
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