Michael Moore, Kerry Washington, More Cheer Confederate Flag Removal in South Carolina
"The flag is down. That only took 54,877 days & 18 hrs since Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court House," Moore tweeted Friday.
Friday's removal of the Confederate flag from in front of the South Carolina statehouse wasn't just cheered by the thousands of people gathered outside the building, many of whom chanted "U-S-A" as the flag was lowered.
Actors, writers, directors, musicians and media personalities also took to social media to praise the fact that the controversial banner was being taken down.
Among those weighing in: Kerry Washington and two of her co-stars (Scandal's Joe Morton and Wendell Pierce, who will appear alongside Washington in HBO's Confirmation, a film about Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court nomination hearings). When the flag was lowered, Washington tweeted simply "History." She also endorsed Pierce's tweet, which said, "The structure of racism still hasn't come down."
Mia Farrow also sent out multiple tweets, saying she was crying and cheering. "The Confederate flag should never have been flown on a government building. Why the ceremony? Take it away in the dead of night," she wrote.
Others, like Michael Moore, wondered what took so long. "The flag is down. That only took 54,877 days & 18 hrs since Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court House," the director tweeted, with the hashtag "#breakingupishardtodo."
President Obama also chimed in on Twitter, calling the flag's removal "a signal of good will and healing, and a meaningful step towards a better future."
Read on to see what Hollywood is saying about the Confederate flag's removal on social media.
goodbye, racist flag— Andy Cohen (@Andy) July 10, 2015
Big day today: 1st ticker tape parade for a women's sports team #ConfederateFlag down in the South. [1 of 4]— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) July 10, 2015
South Carolina taking down the confederate flag - a signal of good will and healing, and a meaningful step towards a better future.— President Obama (@POTUS) July 10, 2015
The Confederate flag should never have been flown on a government building. Why the ceremony? Take it away in the dead of night.— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) July 10, 2015
We're here crying. Cheering as the tears fall It's gone!— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) July 10, 2015
History.— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) July 10, 2015
@CharlesMBlow gave the profoundly appropriate response to Confederate Flag coming down. The structure of racism still hasn't come down— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) July 10, 2015
How hard was that? Goodbye confederate flag.— Rory Albanese (@RoryAlbanese) July 10, 2015
The flag is down. That only took 54,877 days &18 hrs since Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court House. #breakingupishardtodo— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) July 10, 2015
South Carolina Lowers Confederate Flag, and an Era Ends http://t.co/jwgZrLjxB3 One small step for mankind......— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) July 10, 2015
So Confederate battle flag to be removed from government property on Friday...approx 150 years too late. But thanks!— Tom Morello (@tmorello) July 10, 2015
#SC we're moving forward!