LOS ANGELES – With a mixture of anger and indignation, the stars of culture, entertainment and sports in the United States condemned on Wednesday the assault on the Capitol in Washington by radical supporters of Donald Trump and accused the US president of encouraging these actions by the far-right.
“The only thing that might stop this is for Donald Trump to concede the election,” Stephen King said on Twitter.
Music legend Stevie Wonder called for the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to be invoked to remove Trump from office.
“I am heartbroken and astounded that this narcissistic and dangerous president would put lives in danger and encourage violent sedition against our government. That man is no longer able to serve as President because he can’t accept defeat. Can we afford 2 more weeks? I say NO!” he said.
Selena Gomez pointed directly to the responsibility of social networks for allowing the lies and inflammatory messages of Trump could spread in a massive way.
“Today is the result of allowing people with hate in their hearts to use platforms that should be used to bring people together and allow people to build community,” she said.
“Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichai, Susan Wojcicki – you all have failed the American people today and I hope you’re going to fix things moving forward,” she said.
Actor Josh Gad wondered if there is “any single reason” that Trump “isn’t in handcuffs” right now.
“If any other American incited thousands into storming the Capital Building, they would already be behind bars. The ‘Law and Order’ President needs to face both right now,” he said.
Other celebrities bitterly compared the authorities’ violent crackdown on the Black Lives Matter anti-racist demonstrations last summer to the scant police action to curb the occupation of the Capitol.
“Where the National Guards?” said popstar Cardi B, who criticized the Black Lives Matter protesters being compared to “wild animals” for “demanding justice” while there were hardly any arrests on Wednesday.
“American domestic terrorists have stormed the Capitol Building in Washington DC, Jan. 6 2021,” soccer player Megan Rapinoe said.
“Black people get pulled over and don’t make it out alive. We can’t sleep in our own beds without being killed. We can’t jog without being killed. We can’t walk down the street with our hoodies up without being killed but they can do this???” basketballer Dwayne Wade said.
Chris Evans said he was “speechless.”
“Just think of the carnage had they not been white,” he said.
Actor Mark Ruffalo too said there would be “rivers of our blood in the streets” if this were not a protest by right-wing whites.
“This has been allowed,” he added.
Singer Pink was “ashamed” by what happened in Washington as “a United States Citizen, and the daughter of two veterans, and the sister of another.”
“Unpatriotic hypocritical sheep drinking poison Kool aid. This a sad day for America,” she said.
“Support the peaceful transition of power!!!!!!!! That’s being a patriot!” actor Ashton Kutcher said.
Director James Mangold called on Hollywood to boycott the television network Fox News, which he accused of having fomented a spiral of “racism, sexism, virulent lies & damage to our nation.”
“Thinking positively, perhaps American is waking up after a long sleep and it hurts like hell getting out of bed,” filmmaker James Gunn wrote.