They are just as shocked by the President's lack of a reaction as the rest of us
In the wake of the tragic events in Charlottesville, the nation is in shock and even more so since Trump's speech blaming "many sides" for the violence and failing to call the violent protestors out for what they are: Nazis. Celebrities are just as shook as us, and they are speaking out:
Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence joined other internet sleuths in sharing photos of the rally attendees on her fan page and encouraging fans to identify them.
Comedian, writer, and actress Tina Fey made a special appearance on SNL as a UVA alum and urged America to partake in "sheetcaking" instead of protesting to keep them safe from violence but still take a stance against racists. Watch the full video here.
Former President Barack Obama took to Twitter with a Nelson Mandela quote that is now being wide spread in the wake of the event. He has not made a comment on Trump's speech.
Stand up comedian, actress, and writer Sarah Silverman admonished the President for being selfish and lacking empathy in light of his lack of opposition against the Nazis and white supremacists.
Comedian Kevin Hart urged his fans to start by teaching tolerance.
Jimmy Fallon makes a heartfelt speech on his show and talks about how he doesn't know how to explain this tragic event to his daughters who don't know what hate is. Watch the full video here.
Seth Meyers joked that finally after two days the President admits that Nazis are bad and continues by giving us the real facts about the event and the White House's action following.Watch the full video above.
Pop artist Lorde apologizes on behalf of the white community. "We have to do better," she said in light of the recent events.
John Mayer remains hopeful that we can rise from this and learn from the President's lacking empathy.
Lady Gaga polled fans about Trump's speech. In another tweet adjacent, Gaga asks the black community how their white allies can help.
Michael Moore once again speaks out and takes to protesting in NYC with other celebrities and citizens alike.
Groban mocks Trump's general response to the tragedy comparing it to World War II.
Clay Aiken joked that he once supported Trump though he's been known to speak out against him. This tweet was misinterpreted widely by people on Twitter myself included; however, it's satirical if you look at his other tweets surrounding. Seems like he was trying to let Trump supporters know that it's ok to denounce their faith in him in light of the recent events.
Music producer Jack Antonoff urges Twitter followers to come together regardless of political beliefs against racists.
Writer, producer, actress, and Girls star Lena Dunham is surprised that we still need to be having this conversation but notes that's because she's privileged and alludes that minorities deal with this kind of hate consistently and are not shocked by the tragedy in Charlottesville.
Though we are all reacting in different ways celebrities included, I think our message is united, it's important that we speak out, educate, and stand up to racism in America.
In the opening pages of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Earth is destroyed. Now if that doesn't scream 2020 so far, what does?
In Douglas Adams's 1979 novel, which premiered as a radio series on BBC Radio4 in 1978 (42 years ago—but more about the significance of that number later), Earth is suddenly blown up in order to make room for an intergalactic superhighway. Now, in a year that has—after only 3 months, people—given us a contentious, confusing democratic primary, the death of Kobe Bryant, new and worsening facts about our climate and habitat at large, appalling leadership, and of course the rapid spread of and global shutdowns by the coronavirus (COVID-19), it seems impossible to turn to any source for comfort.
Enter The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: a novel that starts with the global annihilation that we might be heading for and then follows the characters as they cope with new realities, with isolation and loss, an endless information source that brings with it endless anxiety, and an egomaniacal, arrogant, selfish, attention-craving president of the galaxy.
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It's time to study.
Now that you've flooded Instagram with photos of black squares, it's time to hunker down for some real activism.
If you're a white person, you're sitting on top of about four centuries of institutionalized racism. In the wake of George Floyd's murder by police and countless Black Lives Matter protests across the nation, it's time to show up—with your body, with your voice, and with your brain.