Hollywood's celebrity elite took to social media on Independence Day to politicize the 242nd anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
Instead of commemorating the Fourth of July, celebrities lambasted President Donald Trump and the policies of his administration.
The pervading sentiment in Hollywood was summed up by liberal comedian Chelsea Handler, who apologized "to every country" in the world for having elected Trump. Handler also asserted that "the majority" of Americans were allegedly "ashamed" of their president and would "come back to the world one step at a time."
"To every country on the 4th of July. We’re sorry about our president," Handler tweeted. "He doesn’t reflect all of our views—and we hope you know that the majority of us are ashamed. We will rally each other and come back to the world one step at a time. #novemberiscoming #alsosorryabouthotdogs"
To every country on the 4th of July. We’re sorry about our president. He doesn’t reflect all of our views—and we hope you know that the majority of us are ashamed. We will rally each other and come back to the world one step at a time. #novemberiscoming #alsosorryabouthotdogs
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) July 4, 2018
Some individuals, like documentary film-maker and noted Trump critic Michale Moore, attempted to shroud the "resistance" movement in patriotic terms to draw parallels between opposition to the Trump administration and America's struggle for sovereignty from Great Britain.
"Happy Resistance Day! The revolt continues, some 242 years later," Moore tweeted. "C’mon, people! Let’s finish this!"
Happy Resistance Day!
The revolt continues, some 242 years later.
C’mon, people! Let’s finish this!
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) July 4, 2018
Others were just as bad.
Happy 4th of July! This country of immigrants, religious refugees, outcasts and dreamers has come a long way. Let’s keep going.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) July 4, 2018
Happy 4th of July! Remember, there is nothing more patriotic than protest.
— COMMON (@common) July 4, 2018
On this 4th, I'm reminded that we have veered from the promised path before. We left a trail of tears, counted people as three-fifths, built camps for any who looked like the enemy, and stood silent as countless died of a plague. Yes, love will win. But not without a fight.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 4, 2018
It's the 4th of July. Only 125 more days until the Mid-Term elections. And if it goes the way I hope, THAT will truly be #INDEPENDENCEDAY!!!
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) July 4, 2018
The greatest gift we can give to America on her 242nd birthday is the survival of Democracy. The forces of authoritarianism and racism are fighting to destroy it. Now is the time for Patriots to stand up and make our voices heard. We love you America. STAY STRONG!!!
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) July 4, 2018
Happy Fourth of You Lie. https://t.co/06jWfyXLB1
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) July 4, 2018
You never know when its going to be your last birthday. Happy 4th!
— marc maron (@marcmaron) July 4, 2018
Kathy Griffin, a self-acknowledged "D-List" comedian, was particularly brief and profane in her Fourth of July message.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) July 4, 2018
Griffin, who sparked controversy and rebuke last year after posting photos of herself holding a fake decapitated head resembling the president, followed up her initial tweet by urging for "the Trumps" to be put in prison.
"#MAGA…Put The Trumps In Prison," Griffin tweeted.