Lady Gaga, Pete Wentz, Zendaya and More Speak Out Against White Supremacist Rally
On Saturday, white supremacists (also calling themselves the “alt-right” and “white nationalists”) gathered for a “Unite the Right” rally in Emancipation Park to protest the removal of a statue honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The gathering came hours after a large group of white supremacists carrying tiki torches marched to the University of Virginia on Friday night (August 11) and incited a brawl, The New York Times reports.
The group—comprised of some participants carrying tokens of Nazism, including swastikas and t-shirts featuring quotes by Adolf Hitler—was met with resistance by counter-protestors. A state of emergency was declared by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who told right-wing supporters to “go home… You are not wanted in this great commonwealth,” according to CNN.
Later in the afternoon, a vehicle plowed into a group of anti-hate protestors, injuring many and killing one 32-year-old woman before speeding away, backwards. The driver, 20-year-old James Fields, has since been taken into custody, NBC reports.
On Twitter, countless celebrities condemned the violence incited by right-wing protestors. Many also spoke out criticizing Donald Trump’s vague tweets about the brutality and bigotry in Charlottesville, as well as his omission of any mention of white supremacy in his speech.
“The news makes me sick and so do racists in suits who dance around the fact that NAZIS are parading [through] the streets in broad daylight,” Paramore front woman Hayley Williams tweeted, while Gaga wrote, “I pray a true leader will rise to expel hatred from America.”
See more reactions from celebrities across social media, below:
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
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
CALL IT WHAT IT IS. IT. IS. TERRORISM.
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) 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
Nazi punks fuck off forever.
— lord of light beer (@petewentz) August 12, 2017
FUCK OFF, NAZI SCUM.
— Jay Baruchel (@BaruchelNDG) August 12, 2017
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) 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
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
Where in the chanting of "BLOOD AND SOIL," do you not realize you're the bad guys?
— Cole M. Sprouse (@colesprouse) August 12, 2017
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) August 12, 2017
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
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