On Saturday 21 January, Hollywood stars united with millions of women from around the world to march on Washington and other cities around the world as part of the Women’s March, which aimed to promote women’s rights. Taking place only one day after Donald Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States, over five million people took part in over 600 street marches worldwide, waving signs, placards and chanting. Newly-elected President Trump was largely targeted in the rallies as a result of his statements and stances which have been deemed as anti-feminist.
Celebs Get Vocal
In Washington, DC, Scarlett Johansson, Madonna and Amy Schumer all took to the stage to speak to the huge crowd, while Julia Roberts, Emma Watson and Katy Perry were spotted marching. Avengers star Scarlett spoke at length about how she wants her young daughter to grow up in a country that is progressing. She also spoke directly to Trump saying: "President Trump, I did not vote for you. That said, I respect that you are our President-elect and I want to be able to support you. But first, I ask that you support me.” Madonna too targeted Trump in her explosive speech, in which she urged women to stand up and fight for their rights. She said: "Let's march together through this darkness and with each step know that we are not afraid, that we are not alone, that we will not back down, that there is power in our unity, and no opposing force stands a chance in the face of solidarity."
Though in Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, celebrities still made sure to get involved in the worldwide call to action. Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and Chelsea Handler were spotted leading the march in the snow, with South African Charlize spotted breaking down in tears. Chrissy Teigen told her Twitter followers that she was enroute to Park City, Utah to join and support her husband John Legend, but changed her mind on the journey and stopped in Washington DC to join the march.
In New York, Helen Mirren, SATC star Cynthia Nixon, Rihanna and Whoopi Goldberg joined protestors at Trump Tower, while in Los Angeles, Miley Cyrus, Kerry Washington, Vanessa Hudgens, Natalie Portman and Jane Fonda were among tens of thousands who protested. Addressing the crowd, heavily pregnant Jackie star Portman thanked Trump for igniting a “revolution”, while Scandal actress Kerry Washington thanked the crowd for coming together to make a stand and fight for progression for women.
Responding to the protests that took place only a day into his term in office, Trump took to his personal Twitter page to address the millions of people who had partaken in them. The 70-year-old commander in chief wrote: "Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election!” He continued: “Why didn't these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly." However, a later tweet from the new President was less controversial as he said: "Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don't always agree, I recognise the rights of people to express their views." Somehow, we’re sure that these won’t be the last protests that Trump faces.