The Twitterverse Responds To White Supremacist Protests In Charlottesville

The Twitterverse Responds To White Supremacist Protests In Charlottesville

Even as the protests continued in Charlottesville, many from the entertainment and comic industries were taking to Twitter to voice their opposition to the message of racial divide and violence.

The Unite the Right protest was already flagged by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups and other extremists as possibly becoming:

"The largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States."

Many of the recent protests had been to object to Confederate-era statues from being removed, in this case the site of the protest is where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee stands while courts review challenges to its removal.

One of the rally's key leaders, self-avowed white supremacist Richard Spencer, who has previously called for the right for businesses to refuse service bases on religious grounds, had a fit yesterday when a restaurant had a sign out front refusing service to those who were part of the alt-right's agenda. He also conveniently did not point out that the image, taken at 10 a.m., was before the business opened at all that day at 5 p.m.

While the alt-right was pulling out its Walmart tiki torches and cosplaying as Donald Trump, comic creator Gail Simone led the charge against the Nazis by invoking the hashtag #ComicsHateNazis and calling on other creators to share their favorite images of superheroes kicking the crap out of the Reich:

Our thoughts are with those in the Charlottesville area who have been affected by these protests.

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Bill WattersAbout Bill Watters

Games programmer by day, geek culture and fandom writer by night. You'll find me writing most often about tv and movies with a healthy side dose of the goings-on around the convention and fandom scene.
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