On June 24, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wadethe landmark 1973 decision that guaranteed people the right to abortion nationwide.
Since the decision, many public figures have denounced the decision. And over the past few days, as millions of Americans gathered to celebrate Independence Day, celebrities have used their platforms to bring reproductive rights to the fore, pointing out that people across the country have been stripped of their freedom.
He was among the first to speak Jessica Chastainwho made a statement by sharing a photo holding up two middle fingers.
“Happy ‘Independence’ Day from me and my reproductive rights,” she sarcastically captioned it.
Zooey Deschanel followed suit with a photo of her wearing a shirt that read: “Pro Roe 1973.” She told her followers that the look was perfect when “you want to wish America a happy birthday, but you also want her to do better” before going on to quote Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“To quote RBG, ‘The decision whether or not to have a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity. It is a decision that he must make for himself”, she wrote.
Katy Perry took aim at the SCOTUS decision by referencing her song “Firework,” which has become an unofficial Independence Day anthem since it was released in 2010.
“Baby you’re a firecracker” is a 10 but women in the US have less rights than an actual smh with sparklers,” she tweeted.
It was also taking to Twitter on Monday Leslie Joneswho denounced the holiday, telling her followers in a short video message: “It’s hard for me to say happy 4th of July because it feels like we’re going back to slavery.”
“The 4th of July is supposed to stand for independence and how a country fought for freedom… but this is not the land of the free,” Saturday Night Live said the alum. “You have taken away the rights of women, you are trying to take away the rights of voters. You are not representing anything this holiday is supposed to be about.”
Elsewhere, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Kris Jenner used their formidable Instagram platforms to call for the party to be “cancelled” entirely, re-sharing a post from Anita Elizabeth Bitton on their stories.
“July 4 has been canceled due to the lack of independence. Sincerely, Women,” the post reads.
Other famous faces who supported the viral call for cancellation included Karlie Kloss, Candice Swanepoel and Legacy star J. Smith-Cameron.
Also on Instagram, Lizzo turned her anger into action, pledging to donate all proceeds from her shapewear brand Yitty to abortion funds over the 4th of July weekend.
“Celebrate your body independence with us by giving back to organizations that are fighting on the front lines for body autonomy,” the singer said in a short video shared on her account on Sunday.
Jameela Jamil went straight to the point of reproductive rights and wrote that it’s Independence Day “if you don’t have a uterus”, jokingly telling her followers not to have sex in solidarity.
Keeping it simple was Diane Kruger, who uploaded a text-only Instagram story that read: “Not much to celebrate America.”
And along with celebrating the holiday with a festive photo, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Star Lisa Rinna also made sure to remind her followers that reproductive freedoms are being sacrificed.
“While you’re sipping cocktails and hot dogs celebrating the 4th anniversary, don’t forget that Roe V Wade was overturned,” she wrote alongside a video of Jane Elliott. “Don’t let them take away ALL our RIGHTS”, she added.
As well as speaking against the overthrow of Roe v. Wademany public figures also commented on the recent shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, where at least six people were killed at an Independence Day parade on Monday.
By parodying the lyrics of the national anthem, Amanda Gorman shared a new poem in which she questioned America’s freedom.
“O say, can we see, from the early flight of the vanished / What so hard we failed in the past of the shining morning / Whose flawed streaks and troubled wounds, through the perilous state / Our feeble hearts , we observed, agitated and shouting bravely,” she. it started
“And the awful flash of the rifle, the bullets bursting through the air / Gave us the truth in our eyes that our flag was not spared / O say does that wounded flag still save / Our land of the free and home of the brave? finished the poem.