Celebs Weigh In On #Brexit
The debate over whether the United Kingdom should remain or exit the European Union ended last night, with the vote favoring the latter. Which side did your favorite celebrity take?
Well, 250 famous folk including actors Patrick Stewart, Benedict Cumberbatch, Helena Bonham Carter, Bill Nighy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Keira Knightley, David Oyelowo, John Hurt, Jude Law and directors Joe Wright, Danny Boyle, and Alfonso Cuarón signed an open letter last month, pledging themselves Team Remain. And many more took to Twitter and Instagram to share their thoughts.
Here's our piece on Brexit from last night. Tally-ho…https://t.co/FinI0zf4Tb— John Oliver (@iamjohnoliver) June 20, 2016
"Dear World. I'm so so sorry. Sincerely, England"— Thandie Newton (@thandienewton) June 24, 2016
INDEPENDENCE DAY 🎉— Maria Fowler (@MariaFowler) June 24, 2016
I can't get my head around what's happening in Britain.I'm so sorry to the youth of Britain. I fear you've been let down today x— James Corden (@JKCorden) June 24, 2016
Vote Remain today and keep putting hope into the world! pic.twitter.com/2SDzWzKT1b— Eddie Izzard (@eddieizzard) June 23, 2016
If I thought there was any chance of major reform in the EU,I'd vote to stay in.But there isn't.Sad.Sorry,Paddy.— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) June 11, 2016
I just voted to REMAIN!!!— Nick Frost (@nickjfrost) June 23, 2016
We should all watch Children of Men. Remind ourselves where we're headed.— Nick Frost (@nickjfrost) June 24, 2016
Don't think this is for… the greater good.— edgarwright (@edgarwright) June 24, 2016
We had a headache, so we shot our foot off. Now we can't walk, and we still have the headache.— Philip Pullman (@PhilipPullman) June 24, 2016
Dear UK,— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) June 24, 2016
I am afraid you are going to need it,
Well millennials. We're really really fucked.— lily (@lilyallen) June 24, 2016
And suddenly the birds are singing…..still glued to the TV though 🇬🇧 #Brexit— Elizabeth Hurley (@ElizabethHurley) June 24, 2016
Just woke up to see the result. Oh my God, what have we done #EURefResults— Phillip Schofield (@Schofe) June 24, 2016
Remain. pic.twitter.com/u0QmKAxHDa— Salman Rushdie (@SalmanRushdie) June 22, 2016
Brexit🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧👍❤️— Joan Collins (@Joancollinsdbe) February 24, 2016
Congratulations exiters. Reverse is across and down, easy on the clutch.— Hugh Laurie (@hughlaurie) June 24, 2016
Very disappointed to hear the verdict of the Referendum. Can't believe that Britain is leaving the European Union. Feels so wrong.— Will Poulter (@PoulterWill) June 24, 2016
Heartbroken to hear the news.— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) June 24, 2016
Increasingly concerned US media coverage of Thursday's referendum. Anxiety about an 'exit' vote impact on US/UK trade - "Seriously harmful".— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) June 21, 2016
Yes we need to pray for Orlando/Britain/this election/the World but we also need to act upon it and band together to oppose Evil— Rowan Blanchard (@rowblanchard) June 24, 2016
In response to the @leave.eu campaign who have today tried to put a spin on quotes made 20 years ago about keeping or losing the pound, I have to say strongly my comments were not about this referendum and should not be misused in this way! I believe in my country, I believe in a future for my children where we are stronger together and I support the #remain campaign. @strongerineurope
I'm passionate about my country and whatever the result of Thursday's referendum, we will always be Great. Each side has the right to their opinion and that should always be respected whatever the outcome of the European Referendum. I played my best years at my boyhood club, Manchester United. I grew up with a core group of young British players that included Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville Brothers. Added to that was an experienced group of older British players such as Gary Pallister, Steve Bruce and Paul Ince. Now that team might have gone on to win trophies but we were a better and more successful team because of a Danish goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel, the leadership of an Irishman Roy Keane and the skill of a Frenchman in Eric Cantona. I was also privileged to play and live in Madrid, Milan and Paris with teammates from all around Europe and the world. Those great European cities and their passionate fans welcomed me and my family and gave us the opportunity to enjoy their unique and inspiring cultures and people. We live in a vibrant and connected world where together as a people we are strong. For our children and their children we should be facing the problems of the world together and not alone. For these reasons I am voting to Remain
Lindsay Lohan had a lot of thoughts she has since deleted. Her latest tweet:
Monsters, villains and the EU referendum, by me.https://t.co/uJRPnhBWT7— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 20, 2016
And Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t do Twitter. But he declared in a recent Vulture interview:
Brexit is really scary. I obviously want us to stay. There are economic reasons — but the main reason is that in this era, divided we fall. C’mon guys, let’s stick together. The idea of nationhood is one that I can kind of take or leave. I am very proud of being English and I’m very proud of everything England is giving the world that I am associated with. But it’s not an actual — what does [Kurt] Vonnegut call them in Cat’s Cradle? He calls them ‘granfalloons,’ where there’s a name for a fake bond. Because we’re all British, we’re all part of the same country. But people in France aren’t that fucking different. We’re all just human beings and that should be the thing that I think is celebrated about us rather than tiny, petulant differences. But it’s really scary. Similar to the Trump thing, I feel like we started off being like, ‘It’ll never happen. Don’t worry about it.’ And now it’s like, ‘Oh no, we could not be apart of Europe’ in what is it—a few days? I’ve already sent in my postal vote. So I’m done. I’ve voted.
You can dress it up however you want, but ultimately, with a lot of the people who want to exit, there’s a sense of jingoistic, ‘We don’t want to take orders from bloody Frenchies.’ It’s the worst kind of nationalism, the worst kind of patriotism, and it’s scary as shit and a woman was killed! It worries me that — we don’t really have a version of Trump, but our very far right-wing party, they obviously would never have incited somebody to that violence. I’m not saying they did that because they didn’t. But equally, you spend that much time fear mongering about race and religion and that’s going to have an effect sometimes. It’s just scary and sad, and I hope we’re still a part of Europe in a couple of weeks time.
Finally, English footballer John Barnes, who may not be very well known outside of Britain, wrote a moving, ‘layman’s’ plea for Remain in the The Guardian.
Kristy Puchko will be diving into a good book and lots of wine until further notice.
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