Whether you're an average citizen on the ground or a member of the rich and famous watching the world from afar, it's hard to ignore the events taking place in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend. When bigots try to intimidate fellow Americans into hiding, it's a cause that unites everyone else, regardless of what their background is.
That's one thing to take solace in during these trying times. Some of your favorite celebrities decided they would not remain silent after watching someone run over innocent civilians with a car, and they took to social media to speak out against the injustices taking place.
Understandably, some people couldn't even think about the sociopolitical implications of the protests, and instead choose to focus on the inherent sadness of the situation.
😢Crazy day filled with hate. What is wrong with people?— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) August 12, 2017
Heart is with the victims and those living in fear https://t.co/5QTRS6bW2f— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 12, 2017
How tragic that this is what we've come to. My prayers are w those in Charlottesville & every American who is the target of hate & violence.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) August 12, 2017
What's going on in Charlottesville Va is HEARTBREAKING....I refuse to believe that this is the direction that our country is going in.— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) August 12, 2017
But the focus on the raw tragedy didn't last long, with many turning their sites onto Donald Trump and the failures of broader institutions. The White House took serious heat for not showing the proper amount of concern about the situation, disparaging Trump for taking as long as he did to speak up.
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
It's sad what's going on in Charlottesville. Is this the direction our country is heading? Make America Great Again huh?! He said that🤦🏾♂️— LeBron James (@KingJames) 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
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
Trump would eventually issue a milquetoast statement on the matter, but by that time, there was a seething rage building around the country. When the president failed to call the rally what it was—a meeting of white supremacists—plenty were proud to speak up and do it for him.
CALL IT WHAT IT IS. IT. IS. TERRORISM.— Zendaya (@Zendaya) August 12, 2017
By the way, fuck these nazi motherfuckers. #Charlottesville— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) August 12, 2017
With the country as divided as it is, we need every voice available to speak out against bigotry and oppression in all forms. A few tweets aren't much, but hopefully they're a small comfort to people following all this from home, knowing they have supporters all around them.