Dozens of stars including Ice Cube,Ellen DeGeneres and John Legend and took to social media to support the on-field demonstrations across the country from National Football League players Sunday.
The movement has sprouted from President Donald Trump’s outburst during a rally in Huntsville, Alabama Friday.
In the rally, Trump referenced the growing trend of players taking a knee during the national anthem, which first began in 2016 by ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a statement aimed against police brutality.
Speaking out: Ellen Degeneres was among dozens of celebs who took to social media to support the on-field demonstrations from National Football League players who took a knee Sunday, following Friday’s controversial remarks from Donald Trump
The ex-Celebrity Apprentice host said Friday, ‘Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, “Get that son of a b—h off the field right now. Out! He’s fired!”‘
The remarks led to a frenzy of reaction during Sunday’s games, resulting in an estimated 200 players either kneeling, sitting or gesturing with their firsts amid the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner prior to the games.
As an alternative, some players remained in the locker room while others locked their arms with their teammates to display unity.
Many members of the show business community came out in support of players prior to and after the rash of demonstrations across the country.
Outspoken: Huge showbiz names such as John Legend, Chelsea Handler, Zendaya and Olivia Wilder supported the NFL players who opted to take a knee Sunday amid Donald Trump’s diatribe against the practice two days earlier
‘As a football fan, I am proud of the NFL players today,’ Ellen wrote. ‘Nothing is more American than the right to peacefully protest.’
Another talk show host in Chelsea Handler expressed her support for the players, as well as the vanguard athlete in the movement.
‘I am watching football today out of respect for all these players,’ Handler wrote. ‘Good for you @Kaepernick7 for starting a movement. Black lives matter.’