Entertainment industry figures took to social media to condemn the hate speech and violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday as protesters and counter-protesters gathered in the city for a rally organized by white nationalist groups.
Virginia declared a state of emergency after violence erupted on the streets of Charlottesville. Outrage swelled among entertainment industry figures as news coverage of the event dubbed “Unite the Right” showed unabashed expressions of racism and anti-LGBTQ hate speech from a range of white nationalist, neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups.
The rally was organized by Jason Kessler, a prominent voice in the white nationalist movement, to protest Charlottesville’s decision to remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the city’s Emancipation Park. Another prominent white nationalist extremist, Richard Spencer, had been scheduled to speak at the protest.
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) August 12, 2017
Hell of a day for the President to forget how to tweet. pic.twitter.com/ABffmwwH8D
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 12, 2017
Imagine the uproar if Native Americans (whose land we live on) said they were protesting to "take their country back" #Charlottesville
— Yara shahidi (@YaraShahidi) August 12, 2017
By the way, fuck these nazi motherfuckers. #Charlottesville
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) August 12, 2017
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) August 12, 2017
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) August 12, 2017
— Lauren Jauregui (@LaurenJauregui) August 12, 2017
United, we will defeat these fools. And we won't have to become hate-filled or lose our integrity to do it. #Charlottesville Onward.
— Leslie Odom, Jr. (@leslieodomjr) August 12, 2017
White people. We created this, it's our job to end it. Confront your racist family,neighbors. Have the tough conversations. #Charlottesville
— Maia Mitchell (@MaiaMitchell) August 12, 2017
Even as we protect free speech and assembly, we must condemn hatred, violence and white supremacy. #Charlottesville
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) August 12, 2017
Every Congressperson who fails to denounce the supremacists in #Charlottesville & who does not condemn Trump's silence, is complicit in hate
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) August 12, 2017
Ugh thank god we didn't elect Hillary. Such a scold. Those pant suits were so lame! Plus didn't she take money from Goldman? No thank you! https://t.co/ZlSEkBtPQW
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) August 12, 2017
speechless over #charlottesville
horrified by this administration
heartbroken by this display of hate
afraid to raise a baby in this america
— christina perri (@christinaperri) August 12, 2017
Any member of Congress who doesn't condemn the actual Nazis in #Charlottesville has to go. Coward or sympatheizer, same difference.
— John August (@johnaugust) August 12, 2017
— Brian Koppelman (@briankoppelman) August 12, 2017