Trending 14th August 2017 by Grace McGettigan
This Is How Celebrities Have Responded To The Weekend Of Violence In Charlottesville
A woman called Heather Heyer was killed during the riots.
A so-called white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia is being condemned by people across the world for inciting hatred towards people of different races.
Far-right groups, including Neo-Nazis and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, gathered in the town on Saturday where they carried flaming torches and large Nazi flags.
They clashed with peaceful protesters, including Heather Heyer, who lost her life when she was run over by a car during the riot. “She was there with her friends, and she was trying to simply cross the street as the movement was breaking up that day, and she was ploughed down by a young man who was intent on spreading hate,” her mother told NBC.
What happened here in #Charlottesville was inevitable. The next racist rally could be worse. https://t.co/xrCG0j564P pic.twitter.com/tlUjg4CfhV
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) August 13, 2017
Celebrities have been taking to social media to condemn the actions of the far-right groups, saying that white supremacy needs to be stopped. Ellen DeGeneres, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Kerry Washington, Zendaya, and Demi Lovato were among those calling on others to “stop the hate”.
CALL IT WHAT IT IS. IT. IS. TERRORISM.
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) 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
Is this America now? We cannot let this stand. #Charlottesville
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 12, 2017
If you're not outraged , you're not paying attention….. sending love to all and healing to those injured ! pic.twitter.com/sufaqV7r2G
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) August 13, 2017
My heart breaks for Heather Heyer, murdered for standing up for love. Hatred cannot smother her flame. We will love harder in her name. RIP
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) August 13, 2017
We are stronger than #charlotesville becuz LOVE is stronger than hate. So take care of your ❤️ & send love into the world. And stay strong.
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) August 13, 2017
I know we are not created to hate each other, but to help & love. Use hashtag #BeKind #ThisIsNotUS to tweet positive messages. #Charlotte
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) August 12, 2017
My ❤️ is w the good people of #Charlottesville, the peaceful protestors & victims of this horrific act. What a devastating & shameful day.
— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) August 12, 2017
3 Americans died today and many others were injured. Anyone who speaks lightly of this is morally bankrupt.
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) August 13, 2017
— Seth Lemon (@Seth_Lemon) August 13, 2017
Love. Please, I beg of the evil to let go of the prejudice and racism and to #stopthehate. #prayforCharlottesville ✌? pic.twitter.com/FkPoohkfAO
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) August 13, 2017
James Alex Fields Jr., is the man suspected of killing Heather during the protest and he is set to appear in court on Monday via video link. He’s currently being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death.
Meanwhile, Kenneth Frazier who was a prominent executive for President Donald Trump, has quit his post saying he’s taking a stand against intolerance and extremism in the wake of the violence.
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