American singers Cher and Katy Perry are among the thousands of female celebrities who will be joining the “Women’s March”, which is set to take place in Washington on the day after Trump’s presidential inauguration.
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty actress, will chair the ‘Artist Table’. In a statement, she said, “Since the election, so many fear that their voices will go unheard,” Ferrera said in a statement. “As artists, women, and most importantly dedicated Americans, it is critical that we stand together in solidarity for the protection, dignity, and rights of our communities. Immigrant rights, worker rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, racial justice and environmental rights are not special interests, they affect us all and should be every American’s concern.”
Other female celebrities including Scarlett Johansson, Zendaya, Debra Messing, and Julianne Moore and Chelsea Handler are expected to join the massive demonstration on 21st January – the first day of Trump’s administration.
While the American stand-up comedian, Amy Schumer – who vowed to leave the U.S and moved to Spain if Trump won the presidency and later dismissed it and said that it was just a “joke” – encouraged her five million Instagram followers last month to join her in the Washington march.
“January 21 I’ll be there,” the Trainwreck star wrote. “Who’s coming with me?
The goal of the upcoming march is to “send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office and to the world that women’s rights are human rights.”
“The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us – immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault – and our communities are hurting and scared,” the organization said in a statement.
Meanwhile, stand-up comic and actress Chelsea Handler who shamed Trump’s “white female” supporters in her post-election essay, felt honored to join and host a sister “Women’s March” during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
She said, “I’m honored to join the Women’s March on Washington Artist Table,” Handler said. “By hosting a sister march in Park City, our Women’s March on Main will help send a message to the incoming administration that attacks on Planned Parenthood and our fundamental human rights are unacceptable and if we have to re-fight for rights we have already fought for and won, we will do it louder and stronger, with men by our side.”
Actress Scarlett Johansson also shared her reasons for joining the march, she said: “The new administration may be very vague about specifics, but one thing has been made very clear; their intentions of reducing the availability of Women’s Healthcare and attacking her reproductive rights. I am marching on Washington to let our next president know that we, men and women alike, will not stand down or be silenced and will fight to protect our bodies and our choices.”
The upcoming star-studded “Women’s March” has been attacked with different controversies. Some organizers and volunteers of the solidarity marches across the country believe that the “march for all women” has, in many cases, turned “into a march for black women,” New York Times reported.
The event organizers are expecting over a million attendees between committed supporters and through online RSVPs across Washington and the country to participate and support the goal of the upcoming Washington March.