“July 4th is supposed to represent independence and how the country fought for freedom, but this is not the land of the free.”
On June 24, the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. WadeA landmark ruling in 1973 that guaranteed people the right to abortion nationwide.
Since the verdict, many public figures have condemned the decision. And in recent days, as millions of Americans gathered together to celebrate Independence Day, celebrities have used their platforms to bring reproductive rights to the fore, highlighting the freedom that people across the country have been deprived of.
One of the first to speak was Jessica Chastainwho made the announcement by sharing a photo of him holding up two middle fingers.
“Happy Independence Day and to my reproductive rights,” she sarcastically captioned the image.
Zooey Deschanel followed suit by donning a “Pro Roe 1973” shirt. She told her followers the look was perfect for when “you want to wish America a happy birthday, but you also want her to do better,” before launching into a quote from Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“To quote RBG: “The decision to have or not to have a child is at the heart of a woman’s life, her well-being and her dignity. That’s a decision she has to make for herself,” she wrote.
Katy Perry took aim at the SCOTUS ruling in reference to her song “Firework,” which has become an unofficial Independence Day anthem since its release in 2010.
“‘Baby you’re a firework’ is a 10 but women in the US have less rights than real sparklers,” she tweeted.
Monday was also on Twitter Leslie Joneswho condemned the holiday, telling her followers in a short video message: “It’s hard for me to celebrate the 4th of July because it feels like we’re going back to slavery.”
“The 4th of July is supposed to represent independence and how the country fought for freedom… but this is not the land of the free,” Saturday Night Live the ram 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 canceled entirely, re-sharing Anita Elizabeth Beaton’s post about their stories.
“The 4th of July has been canceled due to the lack of independence. Sincerely, Women,” the post read.
Other famous faces who supported the viral call to cancel included Karlie Kloss, Candice Swanepoel and Succession star J. Smith-Cameron.
Also on Instagram, Lizzo turned her anger into action, pledging to donate all proceeds from her clothing brand Yitty to abortion funds over the 4th of July weekend.
“Celebrate your body’s independence with us by giving back to organizations fighting for bodily autonomy on the front lines,” the singer said in a short video shared on her account on Sunday.
Jameela Jamil addressed the issue of reproductive rights directly and wrote that this is Independence Day “unless you have a uterus,” joking to her followers not to have sex in solidarity.
Diane Kruger made it easy, who uploaded a text-only Instagram story that read, “Not much to celebrate America.”
And along with celebrating the holiday with a festive moment, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna also made sure to remind her followers that reproductive freedoms are being sacrificed.
“While you’re in between cocktails and hotdogs celebrating the Fourth, don’t forget that Roe V Wade was overturned,” she wrote alongside a video of Jane Elliott. “Don’t let them take away ALL OF US RIGHTS,” she added.
As well as talking against tipping Roe v. Wademany public figures also commented on the recent shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, where at least six people were killed during Monday’s Independence Day parade.
Showing the words of the national anthem, Amanda Gorman shared a new poem in which she questioned American freedom.
“Oh, say, can we see beyond the departed’s early flight / Who so loudly failed us in the morning-light past / Whose imperfect streaks and strained scars, through the perilous situation / Our feeble hearts, we gazed and stirred and bravely cried,” she began .
“And the ghastly flash of the rifle, the bullets bursting in the air / Brought to our sight the truth that our flag was not spared / Oh, say, does that scarred banner still save / Our free land and brave home?” the poem concluded.