Michael Moore, Kerry Washington, More Cheer Confederate Flag Removal in South Carolina

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South Carolina troopers remove the Confederate flag from in front of the South Carolina Statehouse on Friday.

"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.

 

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