Women’s March Gathers Global Celebrity Support
On Saturday 21st January 2017, the world gathered in protest against the inauguration of Donald Trump in the form of the Woman’s March. Originally created to fight against Trump’s misogynistic statements against women as well as his opinions on reproductive rights, the March grew and developed to encompass multiple issues and became a global phenomenon – crowds gathered not only all over America but in Paris, London and even Antarctica. Millions of people of all races, gender and sexual orientation gathered all over to challenge the President in a historical moment – and plenty of iconic and famous faces had their support to give too.
Celebrities who arrived at the marches to stand with their fellow people included Emma Watson (Harry Potter Franchise, Ballet Shoes, Beauty and the Beast), Melissa Benoist (Supergirl, Homeland, Glee), Scarlett Johansson (Avengers: Assemble, Lucy, We Bought a Zoo), Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lifesaver, Mr Selfridge), Natalie Portman (Black Swan, Thor, Star Wars Franchise), Kristen Stewart (The Runaways, Twilight Franchise, Adventureland), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones, Don’t Trust the B- In Apt 43, Breaking Bad), Bonnie Wright (Harry Potter Franchise, Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?, The Sea), Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Shake it Up!, Zapped), Courteney Cox (Friends, Cougar Town, Scream), Rachael Taylor (Jessica Jones, Transformers, Shutter), siblings Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko, Nocturnal Animals, Zodiac) and Maggie Gyllenhaal (Mona Lisa Smile, The Dark Knight, White House Down), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fargo), Sir Ian McKellen (X-Men Franchise, Lord of the Rings Franchise, The Dresser), Lin-Manuel Miranda, the cast of Orange is the New Black, Olivia Wilde (Rush, House, Her), – this is to name a mere few amongst many other singers, actors, writers and high-profile celebrities who attended.
For those who couldn’t attend, due to conflicting schedules, there was plenty of support pouring in, from the likes of Chris Evans (Captain America: The First Avenger, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Snowpiercer), Rahul Koli (iZombie, Antidepressant, I’ll Be Home Soon) and the staff of online video game company Rooster Teeth. Chadwick Boseman (Captain America: Civil War, 42, Get on Up) sent out his support via Twitter from the set of Marvel’s Black Panther.
There was also someone else there who, whilst no longer with us, could be felt enormously among the crowds.
The enormity behind these marches can be seen incredibly clearly – millions of voices connected internationally, standing in solidarity in the face of an uncertain era. The fact that among those voices were people we admire, whom we have watched and enjoyed their work of, some for many years and some on the cusp of a breakthrough in their art, only adds to the pride and unity of what happened on Saturday.