“The 4th of July is supposed to stand for independence and how a country fought for freedom … but this is not the land of the free.”
On June 24, the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wadethe landmark 1973 decision that guaranteed people the right to an abortion nationwide.
After the decision, many public figures condemned the decision. And over the past few days, as millions of Americans have gathered to celebrate Independence Day, celebrities have used their platforms to bring reproductive rights to the fore, highlighting that people across the nation have been disenfranchised.
Among the first to speak was Jessica Chastainwho made a statement by sharing a photo with two middle fingers raised.
“Happy ‘Independence’ Day to me and my reproductive rights,” she sarcastically captioned the image.
Zooey Deschanel followed suit with a photo of herself wearing a shirt that read: “Pro Roe 1973.” She told her followers that the look was perfect when “you want to wish America a happy birthday, but you also want her to did better,” before going on to quote Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“To quote RBG: “The decision whether or not to give birth is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity. That’s a decision she has to make on her own,” she wrote.
Katy Perry took aim at the SCOTUS ruling by referencing her song “Firework,” which has become an unofficial Independence Day anthem since it was released in 2010.
“Honey, you’re a firework is a 10, but women in the US have less rights than a real sparkler,” she tweeted.
Also like on Twitter on Monday it was Leslie Joneswho slammed the holiday, telling her followers in a short video message: “It’s hard for me to say happy 4th of July because I feel like we’re going back to slavery.”
“The 4th of July is supposed to stand for independence and how a country fights for freedom … but this is not the land of the free,” Saturday Night Live alum said. “You’ve disenfranchised women, you’re trying to disenfranchise voters. You do not represent anything this holiday should be about.
Elsewhere, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Kris Jenner used their massive Instagram platforms to call for the holiday to be “cancelled” entirely, re-sharing a post from Anita Elizabeth Beaton on their Stories.
“July 4 was canceled due to lack of independence. Sincerely, Jenny,” the post said.
Other celebrities who have supported the viral call for repeal include Karlie Kloss, Candice Swanepoel and Inheritance star J. Smith-Cameron.
Also on Instagram, Lizzo turned her anger into action, pledging to donate all proceeds from her shapewear brand Yitty to abortion funds over the 4th of July weekend.
“Celebrate your body independence with us by giving back to the organizations fighting on the front lines for body autonomy,” the singer said in a short video shared on her account on Sunday.
Jamila Jamil got straight to the issue of reproductive rights and wrote that it’s Independence Day “unless you have a uterus,” jokingly telling her followers not to have sex in solidarity.
Diane Kruger was simple, uploading a text-only Instagram story that read: “Not much to celebrate America.”
And along with celebrating the holiday with a holiday photo, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna also made sure to remind her followers that reproductive freedoms are being sacrificed.
“While you’re between cocktails and hot dogs celebrating the 4th, remember that Roe V Wade was overturned,” she wrote alongside a video of Jane Eliot. “Don’t let them take away ALL OUR RIGHTS,” she added.
However he declared against the cancellation of Roe v. Wademany public figures also commented on the recent shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, where at least six people were killed at the Independence Day parade on Monday.
Parodying the lyrics of the national anthem, Amanda Gorman shared a new poem questioning America’s freedom.
“Oh, say, can we see, through the Vanished’s early flight / What we so sorely failed in the morning light’s past glow / Whose flawed streaks and furrowed marks, through the perilous situation / Our feeble hearts, we watched, stirring and bravely shouting ,” she began.
“And the fearful glint of the rifle, the bullets sprinkling through the air / Gave truth in our eyes that our flag was not spared / Oh, say, does that scarred flag still save / Our land of the free and home of the brave?” the poem ended.