“Welcome to America”: Viola Davis, Lizzo, George Takei, and Other Celebrities React to Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict
Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who killed two people and injured another with an assault rifle in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was found not guilty on Friday on all charges, including willful homicide. Many who followed the story were upset but not surprised at the outcome for the then 17-year-old, who was traveling from Antioch, Illinois to a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Kenosha. The protests came in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake by a white cop.
In addition to politicians and journalists, many A-list celebrities also used social media to express their opinion on Rittenhouse’s acquittal.
Oscar, Emmy, and Tony Award winning actress Viola Davis quote-tweeted a video summarizing the Rittenhouse trial, including the right-wing fundraiser in his defense (as well as controversial comments from the judge). Bruce Schröder) with the words “Welcome to America”. She followed up with an “angry” emoji and two hands clasped in prayer.
Triple Grammy Winner Lizzo also didn’t mince his words.
George Takei said that “justice” [was] denied, “but added,” notice these words: We will never stop fighting for what is right and just. “
Takei’s Star Trek colleague Take Burton pointed to the Rittenhouse ruling as the latest example of “two kinds of justice in America”.
Lack of surprise at the jury’s decision was reflected in Daniel Dae Kim, Michelle Williams, and Roxane Gay.
model Brooklyn Decker called the decision a “disaster” and actor Josh Gad concerned that future vigilantes will feel encouraged, a sentiment that is repeated by Patti LuPone.
Finneas O’Connell focused on the racial injustice element of the decision, as it was the case Chelsea handlers.
NASCAR star Bubba Wallace wondered what Rittenhouse’s life would be like if he were Black, and Colin Kaepernick said the case was further evidence of the need to “get rid of our current system”.
Sophia Bush tweeted a visual aid comparing Rittenhouse’s behavior on the witness stand to a photo taken while he was out on bail.
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