After 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all counts on Friday in a case stemming from the 2020 riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Hollywood was quick to condemn the verdict, although some cheered.
Actor Mia Farrow tweeted“So anyone can come to a protest, just march in the middle of the street with a massive gun – and kill people?”
“#kylerittenhouse was found not guilty, even though we SEEED two HIM killed”, wrote singer-actor Bette Midler. “Essentially stupid, I predict he will continue a great career at #Fox and in #RadicalRightWing, which is a plus for them. Tragic, tragic day for decent, THINKING, feeling, ethical people everywhere. “
Nightly Host Samantha B wroteKyle Rittenhouse’s vindication sends a message to future Kyle Rittenhouse that they can incite violence and then demand self-defense. This is unfair. “
“Honestly, Kyle Rittenhouse only killed two people. Not that he smoked pot. ”- Actor Michael Ian Black barked…
Actor Yvette Nicole Brown wrote“The good news is that white men and boys can still kill whoever they want and are NOT in jail! Isn’t it fun! And he killed white people! I bet the little #KyleRittenhouse will come out right away and take some more powerful white photos with #TheProudBoys and plan its next massacre. “
“Denial of justice is a physical blow to our national psyche. Not only was the killer on trial, but the system that continues to kill ”- actor George Takei. tweeted… “Today, this system has once again triumphed over true justice. But mark these words: we will never stop fighting for what is right and just. “
“Tell me again that there are no two kinds of justice in America!” – actor LeVar Burton. wrote…
“This country is a stupid joke,” writes Frederic Joseph. tweeted…
Actor Rosanna Arquette weighed, speaking“I don’t believe in the justice system. Today in America I do not want to live in a country ruled by cruel, ignorant racists. “
“It has now been stated that vigilantes can just go and kill people protesting against issues such as racial equality whenever they want and avoid punishment for it.” – Josh Gad expressed an opinion… Think about it for a second.
Bernice King, youngest child of the late Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King tweeted, “We are traumatized.”
“A white teenager showed up for a police brutality demonstration against blacks with a submachine gun, and the police allowed him to move freely through an already unstable space,” King continued. “This sentence of innocence represents a myriad of injustices.”
“Have you ever thought that things would be different?” – Broadway star Harvey Firstein. asked another Twitter user. “The judge sat down next to the defendant to look at the evidence! This is why the appointment of judges is so important. If your judges do not abide by the law, there is NO law. “
What a Disaster, model and actor Brooklyn Decker. tweeted… “The precedent is terrifying. Injustice is hard to digest. “
Comic sarah cooper tweeted“I know everyone says that if you’re surprised that you didn’t pay attention, I did, and I’m still in shock.”
“On other news, you may have seen an approach from a mile away …” tweeted actor Daniel Dae Kim.
Director Ava DuVernet relayed a message from the parents of one of the murdered men: tweet, “John Huber and Karen Bloom, Parents of # Kyle Rittenhouse Anthony Huber: The verdict“ sends an unacceptable signal that armed civilians can turn up in any city, incite violence, and then use the danger they create to justify shooting people in Street.'”
Antioch, Illinois resident Rittenhouse said he carried a rifle for protection last year as he tried to defend property and provide first aid when violent protests against police brutality swept through his father’s city. He shot two people and wounded another, all white. His defense team argued that the shooting was self-defense. The prosecutor claimed that he had committed the murder.
Rittenhouse, who was 17 when the events took place, faced five charges, including premeditated murder and reckless threat. A sixth gun charge was dropped before the case went to jury when it was determined that the gun he had was allowed to be carried by the 17-year-old.
Former child actor Rick Schroeder, who drew attention to the case when he contributed to the Rittenhouse Bail Fund a year ago, remained silent on his Instagram account immediately after the sentencing, but other supporters spoke out.
“Not Guilty” by Kevin Sorbo. tweeted…
“I’m laughing! I’m glad! I’m almost in tears,” – director Dinesh D’Souza. tweeted… In another post, he wrote“This is as severe a verdict as OJ Simpson, with the important difference that our guy is actually innocent.”
Comedian and actor Terrence K. Williams revealed his 1 million Twitter followers: “NOT GUILTY !! Kyle Rittenhouse is set to sue the media for libel. Don’t take a knife or skateboard with you in a firefight! “
“Well, this jury chose the local over the express,” expert Ann Coulter. tweeted, referring to four days of discussion, “but at least they got there.” Later she added, “I hope [defense attorney] Corey Chirafisi will sue Biden for defamation for calling Rittenhouse a “white supremacist” during [presidential] campaign.”
And former Hawaiian Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, summarized his thoughts: tweet“The jury got it right – found Rittenhouse not guilty on all charges. The fact that the charges were brought before any serious investigation suggests that the government was motivated by political motives, which in themselves should be considered criminal. ”