Even as the protests continued in Charlottesville, many from the entertainment and comic industries were taking to Twitter to voice their opposition to the message of racial divide and violence.
— keith lyle (@funnykeithlyle) 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
Uh oh. Now them Nazis have really stepped over the line – the Cavs have to cancel football practice. You don’t fuck with football down south https://t.co/wfNH6tJLAJ
— W. Earl Brown (@WEarlBrown) August 12, 2017
You know, when the history of this era is written, I want the record to show I was firmly on the side of “Fuck this fucking Nazi bullshit.”
— John Scalzi (@scalzi) August 12, 2017
Watching this Nazi/Klan hatred emerging into the light of day in our country is horrific. This isn’t what I hoped we were.
— Jane Espenson (@JaneEspenson) August 12, 2017
NAZIS: we are nazis, definitely nazis beating people up, hate crimes right here
TRUMP TWEET: some things might be bad sort of, like clouds
— Joss Whedon (@joss) August 12, 2017
— Swear Trek (@swear_trek) August 12, 2017
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) August 12, 2017
By the way, fuck these nazi motherfuckers. #Charlottesville
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) August 12, 2017
“Just make sure Nazis NEVER march with tiki torches. I’m trying to save Germany, not Gilligan’s Island.” — Hitler’s last words
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 12, 2017
The Unite the Right protest was already flagged by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups and other extremists as possibly becoming:
“The largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States.”
Many of the recent protests had been to object to Confederate-era statues from being removed, in this case the site of the protest is where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee stands while courts review challenges to its removal.
One of the rally’s key leaders, self-avowed white supremacist Richard Spencer, who has previously called for the right for businesses to refuse service bases on religious grounds, had a fit yesterday when a restaurant had a sign out front refusing service to those who were part of the alt-right’s agenda. He also conveniently did not point out that the image, taken at 10 a.m., was before the business opened at all that day at 5 p.m.
The Alt-Right is being refused service … at lunch counters … in the South … for engaging in a peaceful demonstration … 🤔🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/m8OjT7WlNQ
— Richard ☝Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) August 11, 2017
While the alt-right was pulling out its Walmart tiki torches and cosplaying as Donald Trump, comic creator Gail Simone led the charge against the Nazis by invoking the hashtag #ComicsHateNazis and calling on other creators to share their favorite images of superheroes kicking the crap out of the Reich:
— GAIL SIMONE (@GailSimone) August 12, 2017
— Ian Cameron (@KalelData) August 12, 2017
— Aaron (@AaronSmarter) August 12, 2017
Our thoughts are with those in the Charlottesville area who have been affected by these protests.
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