Jemele Hill has received tons of celebrity support since she tweeted that Donald Trump is a white supremacist and, so far, ESPN has not announced plans to fire her.
The first in a thread of messages against Trump attracted the most attention Monday, Sept. 11, which has led many in the public eye to stand with Hill.
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
Comedian Marlon Wayans told TMZ Thursday, Sept. 14, that folks don’t have room to get angry at Jemele.
“I think Jemele was speaking out [on Trump’s] actions and so you can’t get mad at her for speaking about things he’s been doing,” Wayans said. “I’m not mad at Jemele. Trump’s gotta watch his actions. If you do things that are ‘white supremacist like,’ you can’t get mad at people speaking about it.”
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A day earlier, free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is no stranger to political controversy, was among the first celebs who spoke out. Soon, Gabrielle Union, Charlamagne tha God and John Legend chimed in.
We are with you @jemelehill ✊🏾
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 13, 2017
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) September 13, 2017
Trump White House is allergic to true statements. https://t.co/xGjx7RwiOE
— John Legend (@johnlegend) September 14, 2017
“Jemele has a right to her personal opinions, but not to publicly share them on a platform that implies that she was in any way speaking on behalf of ESPN,” the network said in a statement issued to various outlets Wednesday, Sept. 13. “She has acknowledged that her tweets crossed that line and has apologized for doing so. We accept her apology.”
The statement came after Hill addressed “the elephant in the room” and apologized for making her Trump remarks on a public forum.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 14, 2017