Celebrities react to Trump's NFL tweets with #TakeaKnee
To stand up to Trump, NFL players and celebrities got down on one knee this past weekend.
In a series of tweets starting Saturday, the president bashed the NFL, targeting the number of players who have chosen to kneel during the national anthem in a show of solidarity against oppression. Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the movement in 2016 in protest of police brutality.
“If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast,” Trump wrote Sunday, adding that players who kneel during the anthem should be fired or suspended.
Following his comments, the New York Jets linked arms during their afternoon game at MetLife Stadium while their opponents, the Miami Dolphins, knelt.
Trump tweeted #StandForOurAnthem, but several celebrities opted to #TakeaKnee instead.
Stevie Wonder got down on both knees with his son Kwame Morris during his Global Citizen Festival performance in Central Park; filmmaker Michael Moore took a knee on stage during his Broadway play “Terms of My Surrender” Sunday night; the cast of “1984” knelt while holding hands; Pharrell joined in at his Charlottesville concert Sunday evening, saying he wanted to “get on my knees right now for the people of my city, for the people of my state, that’s what that flag is for.”
Here’s how other celebrities are reacting on Twitter and Instagram.