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Celebrity Reactions: Boston “Free Speech Rally” And “Fight Supremacy” Counter-Protest

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Boston Rally Reaction

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 Boston Rally Reaction

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Celebrities are sharing reactions as thousands of people gather in Boston on Saturday for a “Free Speech Rally” and a “Fight Supremacy” counter-protest. See tweets from stars below.

One week after the violent clashes in Charlottesville, there are now dueling events taking place in Boston Common. One was organized by a group called the Boston Free Speech Coalition, which insisted on Facebook that it has nothing to do with the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who marched in Virginia last weekend. “We are a coalition of libertarians, progressives, conservatives, and independents and we welcome all individuals and organizations from any political affiliations that are willing to peaceably engage in open dialogue about the threats to, and importance of, free speech and civil liberties,” the organization wrote, noting, “We will not be offering our platform to racism or bigotry.”

But they can’t stop those on the alt-right from showing up and the ADL has even deemed the group part of the “alt-lite,” which is what prompted others to organize the “Fight Supremacy” counter-march. Videos and photos indicate thousands of counter-protesters lined the city’s streets long before the “Free Speech Rally” was set to even officially begin. More than 500 police officers are on hand, and a number of celebs are showing their support from afar.

Sharing CNN footage of the counter-protestors, Mark Ruffalo tweeted. “We are the majority. #PeacefulResistance against Nazi hate and intolerance.” Rosie O’Donnell wrote, “LOVING BOSTON ALWAYS #bostonrally.” She further said in a video message, “Okay, Boston. Be safe, take care each other, protect our police officers, protect our citizens.” The comedienne amusingly added, “And play those tubas!” That was in reference to a group of demonstrators who brought instruments along to play music. Elizabeth Banks posted video of marchers playing bagpipes, writing, “I love this sound. #Boston #MAPride #Resist.” Josh Gad also said, “These images have truly made my day. Thank you to the people of Boston for standing up to hatred.” And Star Jones asserted, “Once again #LoveTrumpsHate.”

“Onward, #Boston. #fightsupremacy,” posted Ava DuVernay, while Alyssa Milano said, “Love is always bigger, wider and louder than hate.” She went on to tweet about one opposing protestor, “He’s afraid the ‘alt-left’ might beat him with their iPhones and make him register to vote.” Will Arnett exclaimed, “F*CK YEAH #BOSTON!!!” Ike Barinholtz also expressed, “God I love Boston.” Kate Walsh retweeted the declaration with emojis of hearts and an American flag. On Instagram, Boston native Eliza Dushku shared photos and wrote, “Always proud of my Mama J (&friends/sisters!), standing for #love #NoHate in #Boston today repping the fam. #thereinspirit #solidarity #respect Together we will trounce #Trump-coddled un-American, despicable #racisim + #neoNazi BS!! #notmypresident.”

Back on Twitter, Julia Louis-Dreyfus simply declared, “YES.” Referring to Tina Fey’s Charlottesville speech on “Weekend Update,” Patton Oswalt noted, “And not one bite of sheet cake eaten! #Boston.” Judd Apatow retweeted author Chuck Wendig, who used video of the thousands of counter-protestors to mock a right-wing conspiracy theory. “LOOK AT ALL THESE PAID PROTESTORS. MAN, GEORGE SOROS MUST BE BROKE FUNDING THIS,” he cracked. Meanwhile, Ellen DeGeneres tweeted, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. -MLK.”

Kelly Clarkson added to her tweet, “People shouldn’t fear a leader. They should be inspired by one. #love #openheart #respect signs of great leadership.” Then there was President Donald Trump, who wrote, “Looks like many anti-police agitators in Boston. Police are looking tough and smart! Thank you.” That led George Takei to say, “Trump just sees what he wants to see. Peaceful protestors cheering police become ‘anti-police agitators.’ It’s the hallmark of delusion.” Olivia Wilde retweeted Jon Favreau, a former speech writer for Barack Obama, who said, “Thousands come out to peacefully protest white supremacists, while cheering on the cops, and he says this. He is a terrible human being.”

And Apatow commented, “So fucked up that he wants to define a peaceful rally as anti police. He wants more hate. He puts police and protesters in danger. Evil.” More then an hour later, Trump took to Twitter again, writing, “Our great country has been divided for decades. Sometimes you need protest in order to heal, & we will heal, & be stronger than ever before!” In a contrast to his first tweet, he went on, I want to applaud the many protestors in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate. Our country will soon come together as one!” Samantha Ronson responded, “Against you.” Joked Ricky Gervais, “I’ve just woken up from a year long coma, but this guy seems nice. Probably doing a great job I imagine.”

 


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