Celebrities Going on Strike Until Donald Trump Resigns Is A Hoax
By Erica Abbott
Reports that celebrities on going on an all-round strike in Hollywood until President-elect Donald Trump resigns are fake.
The false claims originated in an article published on The Rightists, a website that posts a hybrid of news and satire articles. The article begins by referencing an ad that was published Jan. 4 in the New York Times. The same ad, which calls for a month of resistance, was featured in the Washinton Post as well. Featured in the Refuse Fascism ad are celebrities who reportedly support the call, including Ed Asner, Rosie O’Donnell and Debra Messing.
Snopes reports, however, that the rest of the article is false. The article purports:
Other Hollywood celebrities who have also joined the campaign, however, are calling for an all-out strike that would span the entire movie industry in the hopes that such a move would urge the President-elect to resign from his position as the newly elected President of the United States. “We’re calling for a general strike that would include every single person involved in making motion pictures in Hollywood, starting with the actors and celebrities themselves and encompassing companies in charge of making props, movie memorabilia and even souvenir shops,” a spokesperson for the Refuse Racism group told The New York Times. “It’s about time people understood that we’re the ones with the power and that the president is there to serve us, not the other way around.”
Asked to elaborate on why the group is targeting Hollywood out of all the industries in the country as their bargaining chip, the spokesperson argued that Hollywood “is, simply put, the base of the entire modern American culture. It is the foundation of the country, so to speak, the glue that’s holding it together. And think about what happens when you destroy the foundation of a house. It comes crashing down, right? Well, that’s exactly what’s going to happen to America unless Donald Trump realizes how real the danger of that actually is, and chooses to step down as President of his own free will. And while we’re on the subject, between you and me – nobody wants Hollywood to stop doing its thing, but this is a necessary move.”
The Rightists’ article also claims that if all of Hollywood stopped working, there would “literally be no more America to rule for Trump.” These claims are, of course, all fabricated. The above quotes were not published in the New York Times; only the ad from Refuse Fascism was in an issue from last week.
Refuse Fascism Ad in Washington Post
The call to action from Refuse Fascism has, in fact, been endorsed by more than 6,000 people, including celebrities, however, none of the points suggest a strike by Hollywood celebrities. According to their website, their month of resistance began Dec. 19 and will continue until Trump’s inauguration. Their website writes:
Our resistance must spread rapidly to every sphere and every corner of the country. Because we refuse to accept a fascist America, millions must rise up in a resistance with a deep determination such that we create a political crisis that prevents the Trump/Pence fascist regime from consolidating its hold on the governance of society.
Refuse Fascism’s page simply suggests ways people can spread their message and “step up the resistance.” While celebrities have supported their calls to action, they are not engaging in an “all-round” strike until Trump resigns.
Social Media Shares Fake Article about Celebrity Strike
Celebrities Call For A Massive, All-Round Strike In Hollywood “Until The Fascist Trump Resigns” https://t.co/KounNHdvjL
— Le Roux Nel (@LeRouxNel) January 7, 2017
Clueless Celebrities About To Discover How Disposable And Unnecessary They Truly Are.https://t.co/7ner95auYi
— Yes, Nick $earcy! (@yesnicksearcy) January 6, 2017
Making a celebrity boycott list! Hollywood for the most part is garbage programming!https://t.co/WTJIrVPZhb
— God Bless The USA (@RenaissanceAbby) January 7, 2017
Bwahahahahaha, Hollywood Celebs claim #Hollywood is the foundation of America. Without them, no America to “rule.”
— JD Bowen (@jd_bowen) January 7, 2017
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