Celebrities Protest Against Donald Trump in Worldwide Women’s March
In a clear indication of the fierce opposition the newly elected Republican President might face in the office, about a million women from all parts of the world marched against Donald Trump, the new U.S President, who had allegedly offended many Americans by making certain comments that were seen as demeaning to women, Muslims and Mexicans.
High-profile celebrities took part in the Women’s March in Washington DC on Jan. 21, including Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Schumer, Cher, America Ferrera, Julianne Moore, Yoko Ono, Lena Dunham, Drew Barrymore and Amy Poehler, to name a few.
Ugly Betty actress America Ferrera who helped to organize the Washington protest stated that ever since the results of the election were revealed to the public, many people had started fearing that their voices would go unheard, and as artists, women and dedicated citizens of Americans, it would be critical for people like her to unite in solidarity for the dignity, protection and rights of their respective communities.
Many of the big-name stars were seen adorned in pink knitted hats with cute cat ears known as ‘pussyhats’- a move that was apparently taken to rebel against Trump’s 2005 leaked video, wherein he was found unabashedly bragging about how his fame allowed him to grope women’s genitals.
Actress Scarlet Johansson said that her decision to attend the event was mainly due to the new administration’s intentions of promoting gender inequality by reducing women’s accessibility to healthcare, as well as attacking her reproductive rights.
In an impassioned talk at the D.C. women’s march, Johansson, who is otherwise quite guarded about her personal life, opened up about her fight for women’s health for the first time, and said that she did respect President Trump, and she wants to support him in his administration but before that he would have to support her first.
Model Chrissy Teigen had initially decided to join husband John Legend at the Sundance Film Festival where several other celebrities were present for the weekend, but later she decided that it was far more essential to stand with her peers in their anti-Trump protests.
I have hope!!! pic.twitter.com/jAzCzZgtzl
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 21, 2017
Supergirl actress, Melissa Benoist and singer Zenaya also attended the protest march at Washington D.C. Benoist even posted a message on Instagram, asking Trump not to try and grab her private parts as they were made of steel.
A photo posted by Melissa Benoist (@melissabenoist) on
Explaining her decision to march, Girls star Lena Dunham, in a series of tweets said that she intends to set an example for her future sons and daughters, and make them understand that their bodies are solely their properties, and that they should have respect for the opposite sex. Dunham also desires to impart the concept of liberalism to the future generation with her participation.
So that our daughters will know their bodies are their own. So our sons embody gentle strength. So they can dismiss both labels #WhyIMarch
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) January 21, 2017
The D.C. march was also marked by appearances by Madonna, Alicia Keys and Janelle Monae.
Actor Seth Rogen tweeted a video of the march from New Orleans, while The Conjuring star Vera Farmiga herself represented the feisty celeb march in Vancouver.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) January 21, 2017
While many celebrities took to the streets to join hands with fellow women in the post-inauguration protests, a few others expressed their support on social media; one of them was Hillary Clinton, who posted a thank you message on her Twitter handle to express her support and gratitude towards the overwhelming number of women attendees at the D.C event.
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