Even as the protests continued in Charlottesville, many from the entertainment and comic industries were taking to Twitter to voice their opposition to the message of racial divide and violence.
Hell of a day for the President to forget how to tweet. pic.twitter.com/ABffmwwH8D
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 12, 2017
Uh oh. Now them Nazis have really stepped over the line – the Cavs have to cancel football practice. You don't fuck with football down south https://t.co/wfNH6tJLAJ
— W. Earl Brown (@WEarlBrown) August 12, 2017
You know, when the history of this era is written, I want the record to show I was firmly on the side of "Fuck this fucking Nazi bullshit."
— John Scalzi (@scalzi) August 12, 2017
Watching this Nazi/Klan hatred emerging into the light of day in our country is horrific. This isn't what I hoped we were.
— Jane Espenson (@JaneEspenson) August 12, 2017
NAZIS: we are nazis, definitely nazis beating people up, hate crimes right here
TRUMP TWEET: some things might be bad sort of, like clouds
— Joss Whedon (@joss) August 12, 2017
— Swear Trek (@swear_trek) August 12, 2017
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) August 12, 2017
By the way, fuck these nazi motherfuckers. #Charlottesville
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) August 12, 2017
"Just make sure Nazis NEVER march with tiki torches. I'm trying to save Germany, not Gilligan's Island." — Hitler's last words
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 12, 2017
The Unite the Right protest was already flagged by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups and other extremists as possibly becoming:
“The largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States.”
Many of the recent protests had been to object to Confederate-era statues from being removed, in this case the site of the protest is where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee stands while courts review challenges to its removal.
One of the rally’s key leaders, self-avowed white supremacist Richard Spencer, who has previously called for the right for businesses to refuse service bases on religious grounds, had a fit yesterday when a restaurant had a sign out front refusing service to those who were part of the alt-right’s agenda. He also conveniently did not point out that the image, taken at 10 a.m., was before the business opened at all that day at 5 p.m.
The Alt-Right is being refused service … at lunch counters … in the South … for engaging in a peaceful demonstration … 🤔🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/m8OjT7WlNQ
— Richard 🦃 Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) August 11, 2017
While the alt-right was pulling out its Walmart tiki torches and cosplaying as Donald Trump, comic creator Gail Simone led the charge against the Nazis by invoking the hashtag #ComicsHateNazis and calling on other creators to share their favorite images of superheroes kicking the crap out of the Reich:
— GAIL SIMONE (@GailSimone) August 12, 2017
— Ian I LOATHE NAZIS ENTIRELY Cameron (@KalelData) August 12, 2017
Our thoughts are with those in the Charlottesville area who have been affected by these protests.