Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict: Hollywood Reacts To Acquittal With Outrage But Not Surprise

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November 19, 2021 10:51am


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Kyle Rittenhouse

Refresh for updates… The Hollywood and media industries were quick to react to the Not Guilty verdicts in the Kyle Rittenhouse case today, with many expressing both outrage and a lack of surprise.

“Watch this kid become not only a hero to segments of the right but watch him become emboldened, appear on Rogan, puff himself up, get in bar fights, murder again,” tweeted Billions co-creator Brian Koppelman.

Shameless actor Emmy Rossum tweeted, “This is a devastating blow,” while LeVar Burton said, “Tell me again there are not two kinds [of] justice in America.”

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We come together to mourn the lives lost to the same racist system that devalues Black lives and devalued the lives of Anthony and JoJo. #ReimagineKenosha

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 19, 2021

Justice weeps bitterly today. We are coming together to heal the scars left by the wounds of this grief. We will care for each other and remember why we continue to march. @WisconsinAllIn @LeadersKenosha @blocbyblocMKE

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 19, 2021

So…the white guy goes free. Is that the message?

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 19, 2021

Get ready for 1,533 assholes to bring assault rifles to every protest they hear about and try to put themselves in a position to be "scared".

— George Wallace (@MrGeorgeWallace) November 19, 2021

We just witnessed a system built on white supremacy validate the terroristic acts of a white supremacist.

This only further validates the need to abolish our current system. White supremacy cannot be reformed.

— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 19, 2021

A broken country, split in two. On one side, the bright ideology of love and inclusion, and on the other side, the dark ideology of hatred and violence.#KyleRittenhouse

— Sebastian Roché (@sebroche) November 19, 2021

Elections matter. The lives of Joseph Rosenbaum & Anthony Huber mattered. They should be alive today. Our 1st amendment right to free speech should not cost any of us our lives. And regardless of anybody’s verdict anywhere and at anytime, Black Lives Do Matter. Today. & always ❤️

— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) November 19, 2021

So anyone can come to a protest, just march down the middle of the street with a massive gun – and kill people? #RittenhouseVerdict

— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) November 19, 2021

Stay Home. Stay Safe.

— B.R.O.theR. ?uestion (@questlove) November 19, 2021

Kyle Rittenhouse walks free as we are all taken prisoner by our now openly authoritarian state.

— Ellen Barkin (@EllenBarkin) November 19, 2021

Did you ever think it was not going to turn out that way? The judge sat down next to the defendant to watch the evidence! This is why the appointment of judges is so important. If your justices don't respect the law, there is NO law.

— Harvey Fierstein (@HarveyFierstein) November 19, 2021

I know everyone’s saying if you’re surprised you haven’t been paying attention but I was paying attention and I’m still shocked

— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) November 19, 2021

Acquitting Kyle Rittenhouse sends a message to future Kyle Rittenhouses that they're free to incite violence and then claim self-defense. This is not justice.

— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) November 19, 2021

What a disaster. The precedent is terrifying. The injustice is hard to stomach.

— Brooklyn Decker (@BrooklynDecker) November 19, 2021

Another disappointing victory for White vigilantism

— Cary Elwes (@Cary_Elwes) November 19, 2021

Ha, let the boy be black and it would’ve been life…hell he would’ve had his life taken before the bullshit trial.. sad

— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) November 19, 2021

#KyleRittenhouse will be a cop in 3 years! #TeamDl

— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) November 19, 2021

Absolutely sickened. #Kenosha #rittenhouseisguilty

— Peter Paige (@ThePeterPaige) November 19, 2021

The Rittenhouse verdict is yet another example of how perverted the criminal legal system is and is functioning exactly as it was designed to.

— Javier Muñoz (@JMunozActor) November 19, 2021

#kylerittenhouse found not guilty tho we SAW HIM kill two. Fundamentally stupid, I predict he will go on to a big career on #Fox and in #RadicalRightWing circles, which counts as a plus with them. A tragic, tragic day for decent, THINKING, feeling, ethical people everywhere.

— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) November 19, 2021

I have no faith in the justice system In America today I don’t want to live in a country that is ruled by violent ignorant racists.

— ✌🏼rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) November 19, 2021

The good news is that white men & boys can still kill whoever they want and do NO jail time! Isn’t that fun! 😃

And he killed white people!

I bet little #KyleRittenhouse is gonna go right out and take some more white power pics with #TheProudBoys & plan his next massacre. 👌🏻

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) November 19, 2021

No words. Just utter fury.

— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) November 19, 2021

It is difficult to express in words, or even via stats, how messed up the U.S. ‘justice’ system is, & how riddled with double standards it is.

Does anyone – even the most conservative person – really believe a black man or a Muslim like me would have been acquitted, too?

— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) November 19, 2021

kyle rittenhouse being acquitted on all charges after such heinous heinous crimes is the epitome of white privilege and exactly what is wrong with this godforsaken country.

— rachel zegler (she/her/hers) (@rachelzegler) November 19, 2021

Terrifying day in America. #RittenhouseVerdict

— Kristen Schaal (@kristenschaaled) November 19, 2021

Justice denied is a body blow to our national psyche. On trial was not only a killer, but a system that continues to kill.

Today that system defeated true justice, once again. But mark these words: We will never stop fighting for what is right and just.

— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 19, 2021

wanna be a supreme court justice

wanna murder 2 people & not go to jail better

1) cut some onions
2) be white

(MUSIC CUE: “Cherry Pie”)

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) November 19, 2021

It has now been put it out there that vigilantes can just go and kill people protesting issues like racial equality whenever they want and get away with it. Think about that for a second.

— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 19, 2021

John Huber and Karen Bloom, parents of murderer #KyleRittenhouse’s victim Anthony Huber: the verdict “sends the unacceptable message that armed civilians can show up in any town, incite violence, and then use the danger they have created to justify shooting people in the street.”

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) November 19, 2021

In other news you could see coming from a mile away…

— Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim) November 19, 2021

Big day for killers.

— Derek DelGaudio (@derek_del) November 19, 2021


— Ryan Jamaal Swain (@RyanJamaal) November 19, 2021

JUST IN: Judge Schroeder sentences Kyle Rittenhouse to come give him a big hug

— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) November 19, 2021

Tell me again there are not two kinds justice in America!

— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) November 19, 2021

Remember, today and everyday, that you choose with whom you engage. No one is entitled to a response from you. Allow the Block and Mute buttons to work on your behalf.

— April (@ReignOfApril) November 19, 2021

I mean the racists are gonna racist. No need to be shocked by that, haha.

— SCAM GODDESS (@DivaLaci) November 19, 2021

I am not surprised. I am still gutted.

— LaToya Morgan (@MorganicInk) November 19, 2021

this should be the only picture people use when talking about kyle rittenhouse. doing the white power symbol after he murdered people at a black lives matter protest.

— Vincent Martella (@VinMan17) November 19, 2021

Nobody is surprised, but that doesn’t mean outrage isn’t appropriate.

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) November 19, 2021

Not guilty. Welcome to the Wild fuckin' West.
The violence that is coming will be unprecedented. #godsaveusall

— matthew lillard —Will block. 0-F’s-given (@MatthewLillard) November 19, 2021

In the Rittenhouse case, the 13th juror was the judge.

— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) November 19, 2021

This is a devastating blow.

— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) November 19, 2021

I’m done. This country deserves all the fuck shit it gets.

— Prentice Penny (@The_A_Prentice) November 19, 2021

watch this kid become not only a hero to segments of the right but watch him become emboldened, appear on Rogan, puff himself up, get in bar fights, murder again.

— Brian Koppelman (@briankoppelman) November 19, 2021

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