In the age of a reality show president, it's impossible to untangle celebrity and news. More often than not, that's a good thing. When A-list actors joined in on the National Walkout on September 26, for instance, it was a shining example of how stars can use their status for good. In this case, cast members from Will & Grace, Scandal, and more united to join the National Walkout and posted about it on social media. Debra Messing, Will McCormack, Megan Mullally, Kerry Washington, Alyssa Milano, Samantha Bee, and others made it clear they agreed with the movement to support Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
The groundswell of support for Ford, who had previously resisted going public (let alone speaking in front of the Senate) had reached the national level before the end of September. Politically active celebrities began to use their platforms to back Ford. On the afternoon before her testimony in front of the Senate, the actors and comedians joined the rallying cry in support of the California professor, who had received all kinds of threats since she agreed to speak on public record about Brett Kavanaugh.
It's a weird time to be alive, no doubt.
Dr. Ford was the first person — as of September 26, one of several — to accuse Kavanaugh of inappropriate sexual behavior throughout high school and college. Kavanaugh is currently being considered for a place on the Supreme Court — a lifetime position — and Ford has agreed to testify in front of the Senate on Thursday, September 27.
Per Entertainment Weekly:
"Organizations including Planned Parenthood, the Women’s March and the Human Rights Campaign, as well as #MeToo movement creator Tarana Burke, also announced their participation in the #BelieveSurvivors walkout."
The "Moment of Solidarity," as it was also known, encouraged supporters like Messing and Washington to wear black and walk out of work, class, etc. as a demonstration of support. It was initially meant for Ford, but as others came forward — including Deborah Ramirez, a classmate of Kavanaugh's at Yale — the movement broadened. It stood for all those accusing Kavanaugh of inappropriate behavior, and celebrities let the world know it.
“I believe Dr Ford. I believe Deborah Ramirez," wrote Messing on Twitter and Instagram. "Why would they put themselves and their families through HELL?"
The actress added that, "I believe psychiatrist’s notes from years ago," and "I believe lie the detector tests."
The caption concluded: "#BrettKavanaugh Why don’t you ask the FBI to investigate to prove your innocence?”
The Twitter account for Full Frontal With Sam Bee took a slightly more comedic approach when it wrote, "We’re in. We were going to stand outside and scream at the sky anyway. #BelieveSurvivors #MeToomvmt."
Milano tweeted an official banner designed by NARAL (a pro-choice nonprofit) specifically for the walkout. Washington posted a selfie and detailed her connection to the movement.
The only reason this movement was necessary is because of the flak Ford has encountered just for speaking up. So far, it looks like the White House intends to stick behind Kavanaugh, and Kavanaugh has categorically denied the allegations against him.
The upcoming Senate hearing isn't a criminal trial, although it seems many people feel that way. It will only establish if Kavanaugh is fit to be appointed to the Supreme Court.
The National Walkout was a show of support for people challenging Kavanaugh's character; support for their claims, their words, and their brave decisions to come forward. It wasn't meant to be a celebrity cause, but as such an impactful issue, it drew supporters of all backgrounds.