Celebrities React To The Charlottesville Protests

If you’re finding the news coming out of Charlottesville, VA — where an alt-right rally has given way to hate speech, violence, and a fatal car crash reportedly targeting counterprotestors — has left you outraged and upset, you’re not alone.

Many celebrities have taken to social media to decry the situation unfolding in Virginia, where Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency. “A picture is worth a thousand words,” Zendaya told her followers in her post sharing a now-viral image of a Black police officer standing guard before white nationalist protestors carrying racist placards and making Nazi salutes. Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, meanwhile, made a simple statement by posting a photo of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. being arrested by white officers.

I really don’t know what to say…but this is terrorism. This is America TODAY…not 40 years ago, and your president is silent. Disgusting.

A post shared by Zendaya (@zendaya) on Aug 12, 2017 at 11:49am PDT

A post shared by Mahershala Ali (@mahershalaali) on Aug 12, 2017 at 12:46pm PDT

Others posted calls to action and passionate condemnations of both the violence unfolding and the complacency that lets it happen.

“The evolution of hate,” wrote Insecure star Yvonne Orji, who shared images of white supremacists over the years, including those who wielded torches at the University of Virginia last night. “They had kids. Who grew up to also have kids. These are the kids who go to school with your kids. See how this works? So think about this the next time you think to utter: ‘But slavery/Jim Crow/civil rights was such a long time ago.’ Or, ‘Obama was president…and I voted for him.’ Or ‘why does everything have to be about race all the time?’ Because we have yet to heal as a nation. That’s why.”

The evolution of hate. They had kids. Who grew up to also have kids. These are the kids who go to school with your kids. See how this works? So think about this the next time you think to utter: “but slavery/Jim crow/Civil rights was such a long time ago.” Or, “Obama was president…and I voted for him.” Or “why does everything have to be about race all the time?” Because we have yet to heal as a nation. That’s why. #CharlottesvilleIsNotAnIsolatedIncident #ItIsAstateOfEmergency #ItIsANationalEpidemic #ItIsAhateCrime #AroseByAnyOtherName #CallitWhatItIs #PrayersUp🙏🏾 #OnlyLoveCanConquerHate

A post shared by Yvonne Orji (@yvonneorji) on Aug 12, 2017 at 11:19am PDT

“All white people are responsible for the upholding of white supremacy and for the fall of it,” echoed former Girl Meets World star Rowan Blanchard in a post shared by Lena Dunham.

A post shared by Rowan Blanchard (@rowanblanchard) on Aug 12, 2017 at 1:38pm PDT

“Protest should be used to perpetuate progressive politics of universal equity/love/acceptance,” added Yara Shahidi of Black-ish. “The picture above, is one of protest. What’s happening in Charlottesville isn’t protest. It’s the manifestation of hate and modern terrorism. It’s the unveiling of the insidious racism that is allowed to prosper within our society.

Protest should be used to perpetuate progressive politics of universal equity/ love/ acceptance. The picture above, is one of protest. What’s happening in Charlottesville isn’t protest. It’s the manifestation of hate and modern terrorism. It’s the unveiling of the insidious racism that is allowed to prosper within our society. #uva #webuiltthat

A post shared by Yara (يارا‎) Shahidi (@yarashahidi) on Aug 12, 2017 at 12:02pm PDT

“This is painful to watch but you have to be informed,” noted Claws ‘ Niecy Nash alongside a video of UVA protestors. “PSA: If these were Black people in a peaceful protest law enforcement would have been ordered to shut it down by any means necessary.”

This is painful to watch but you have to be informed. Psa : if these were black people in a peaceful protest law enforcement would have been ordered to shut it down by any means necessary. #Facts

A post shared by niecynash1 (@niecynash1) on Aug 12, 2017 at 12:32pm PDT

Olivia Wilde shared a statement from her journalist mother, Leslie Cockburn, who is running for Congress in Virginia. Cockburn described the “Unite the Right” rally as “unvarnished Nazism” and encouraged followers to support minority-owned businesses and charities.

Message to the people of Charlottesville, from my mother, Leslie Cockburn, who is running for Congress in VA. #lesliecockburnforcongress #charlottesville www.lesliecockburnforcongress.com

A post shared by Olivia Wilde (@oliviawilde) on Aug 12, 2017 at 11:54am PDT

Donald Trump’s remarks about the Charlottesville situation, in which he assigned blame “on many sides,” also drew ire from the Hollywood community.

“CALL IT WHAT IT IS. IT. IS. TERRORISM.” Zendaya tweeted. Judd Apatow, Andrew Rannells, Chris Evans, and Kumail Nanjiani also spoke out.

CALL IT WHAT IT IS. IT. IS. TERRORISM.

— Zendaya (@Zendaya) August 12, 2017

Thank you, Hillary Clinton, for saying what needs to be said on this incredibly discouraging day. @hillaryclinton

A post shared by theandrewrannells (@andrewrannells) on Aug 12, 2017 at 1:23pm PDT

A post shared by Judd Apatow (@juddapatow) on Aug 12, 2017 at 12:04am PDT

“White supremacists are bad & wrong.”

There. Just copy & paste this, @POTUS. That’s all we need from you right.

— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) August 12, 2017

“On many sides.”

Never forget that phrase.

Three words that protected violent bigotry.

“On many sides.”

— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) August 12, 2017

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

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