Lady Gaga, John Legend, and Cher are a few of many celebrities and pop stars who have spoken out about the ongoing events that terrorized our fellow Americans in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend.
In case you’ve been a hermit to television and the internet, here’s the situation:
Last Friday, white nationalists (supremacists, “Nazis,” choose your own adventure) carried tiki torches as they paraded around the University of Virginia and incited violence. On Saturday, more hate spread as supremacists rallied together to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park. Many of the protesters dawned swastikas and Adolf Hitler tees.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and told protesters to go home, adding “you are not wanted.” Later on, a 20-year-old member of the supremacist group drove a car into a crowd of anti-hate protesters, killing a 32-year-old woman in the process.
President Donald Trump took to Twitter to condemn displays of hate and bigotry from both sides. America didn’t respond well, and neither did its celebrities.
“I pray a true leader will rise to expel hatred from America… This is Anti-American,” Lady Gaga tweeted to her Monsters. Lights added her two cents, adding “You can’t pick an opinion in racism/homophobia/misogyny. You just can’t. You’re either part of the change or part of the problem.”
Keep reading below and be sure to retweet these celebs if you agree!
White Supremacists Well Cared 4 In trump Admin.He’s LOUD N PROUD 2NUKE N.KOREA,But a Girl-Scout Could Have Made MORE MACHO SPEECH ABOUT RIOT
— Cher (@cher) August 12, 2017
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 12, 2017
You can't pick an opinion in racism/homophobia/misogyny. You just can't. You're either part of the change or part of the problem.
— Lights (@lights) August 12, 2017
We have nazi sympathizers and white nationalists in the White House. Condemn them too. They should not be receiving taxpayer money.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 12, 2017
the news makes me sick and so do racists in suits who dance around the fact that NAZIS are parading thru the streets in broad daylight
— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) 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
Our prayers are with the victims in VA. We rebuke white supremacy & Nazi ideology. Love is stronger than hate. Unity & love will prevail. pic.twitter.com/dupmyq33Ys
— Roc Nation (@RocNation) August 13, 2017
— ROSIE (@Rosie) August 12, 2017
If you ever need to explain moral cowardice and false equivalence, quote Trump's "on all sides" speech today. Made me want to turn and spit.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 12, 2017
CALL IT WHAT IT IS. IT. IS. TERRORISM.
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) August 12, 2017
"Just make sure Nazis NEVER march with tiki torches. I'm trying to save Germany, not Gilligan's Island." — Hitler's last words
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 12, 2017
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MANY SIDES?!? Ive typed and deleted at least 8 tweets. Words simply arent strong enough to accurately describe how I feel about Donald Trump
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) August 12, 2017