Updated Aug. 14, 9:30 a.m. PT: Lena Dunham has joined Olivia Wilde in speaking out against the weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia, with a series of Instagram posts about white supremacy. Given the fact that she has posted a series of photos, each with very strong commentary about the events that happened over the weekend of Aug. 12, Dunham appears to be one of the most vehemently vocal celebs raising their voice about this situation.
Her first post, just a black background with white text reading, “All white people are responsible for the upholding of white supremacy and for the fall of it,” with comments disabled.
A second post showed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. alongside a caption that read, “Keep this dream alive.” Comments were also disabled on that post.
The last photo was of a needlepoint with stitched words reading, “Roses are red, alt-facts aren’t true, I want to destroy white supremacy with you.”
In light of the horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia, celebrities have taken hard stances against the blatant tone of Nazism and white nationalism that stood out during the “Unite the Right” rally that took place on the University of Virginia’s campus. One of the most vocal celebrities is Olivia Wilde, who shared a picture of an essay written by her mother, who is currently running for Congress in Virginia.
The events in Charlottesville involved a march on the University of Virginia’s campus Friday night ahead of a “Unite the Right” rally on Saturday. Among the more notably disturbing moments that made headlines from the event as it unfolded over the weekend was a car driving into a crowd of counterprotesters, and a helicopter crash resulted in a total of three deaths and over a dozen critical injuries. President Donald Trump reportedly refused to condemn the white nationalists, saying that violence and hatred are on “many sides.”
In response, Wilde shared a picture on her Instagram that read, “Let’s stand up for the targets of the hate groups who have descended on Charlottesville. This weekend, spend money at a minority-owned business. Give generously to a charity that supports immigrants or African-Americans. Encourage law enforcement to guard the rights of everyone in the streets, including the counter-protesters and the potential victims of the alt-right. What I’m seeing is unvarnished Nazism. ‘Blood and soil’ mixed with weapons is a terrible echo of the past.”
Wilde’s caption for the photo reads, “Message to the people of Charlottesville, from my mother, Leslie Cockburn, who is running for Congress in VA.”
The message is not only important to continue the fight for human rights, it is also a call for the people of Virginia to do something about their representation in Washington.
Wilde’s choice to make a difference in this time of tragedy and America’s identity crisis is an example we should all look to follow.