The nation has been captivated recently by the emotional testimony brought before the Senate Judiciary Committee by Christine Blasey Ford. Ford alleged that she was molested and nearly raped around 35 years ago by Donald Trump’s then Supreme Court nominee (now Justice): Brett Kavanaugh.
The incident has split most of the good people of the U.S. right down the middle, with some people believing her heartfelt words while others believe the testimony of Kavanaugh. But, as expected, celebrities predictably took to social media during the events to speak “their truth” about who they think is right and who is in the wrong.
When Ford initially came forward with the serious charges against the nominee, she had hoped, as he had, that the matter would be handled discreetly and privately by the people who received the information. Unfortunately, driven by a political agenda, the ranking member of the committee, Senator Diane Feinstein decided to hold the hearing in front of TV cameras for millions of American’s to watch live. Ford’s allegations were as serious as could be, while her testimony was both moving and compelling.
Ford’s testimony, while heartbreaking, was unprecedented in that she claimed something terrible happened to her at the hands of Kavanaugh more than 35 years ago. Furthermore, many considered her allegations to be vague as she was unable to recall the date, or even the year it happened. When it was his turn, Kavanaugh was incensed by the strong claims against him and denied them wholeheartedly and emphatically.
Perhaps the worst part of this public display at the hearing, which has likely changed the lives of the people involved forever, was that it turned into a highly-partisan Democrats Vs. Republicans debacle for the whole nation to witness. Some on the left believed Ford’s testimony without question. At the same time, others on the right felt that Kavanaugh’s account was as believable if not more so. This has left America splintered almost 50/50 down the middle on this sensitive issue.
With the overwhelming majority of celebrities in the U.S. having left-leaning tendencies politically, the flurry of Tweets supporting Ford and condemning Kavanaugh were forthcoming in no time. We’re going to take a closer look at the specifics of which celebrities said what. Naturally, most came firmly down on the side of Ford.
1. Tarana Burke
In her capacity as the founder of the MeToo Movement, Tarana Burke was one of the first people to speak out, via Twitter, about the Ford case. “These men are wholly uninterested and unmoved by this woman’s words … Dr. Ford has to talk about the worst trauma of her life in front of them. This is the reality of being a survivor of sexual assault in this country. #WeBelieveDrFord #WeBelieveSurvivors #metooMVMT,” she tweeted.
2. Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd is a well-known actress and political activist. Having been a successful actress for more than 20 years, Judd finds herself more and more involved in global humanitarian efforts and political activism. She came out in support of Ford, sending her own heartfelt Tweet: “I do NOT know how I got home after I was raped at 15. No memory of it. Neither does she. #ChristinaBlaseyFord.”
3. Alyssa Milano
Alyssa Milano, an American actress, activist, and producer, was born in 1972. Having appeared in shows like Who’s the Boss, Melrose Place, and Charmed, Milano is a household hold name in America, and one cherished by many people. She Tweeted her support for survivors like Ford. “#IfOnly I could save you. #IfOnly I could help you remove that weight from your tired shoulders and become the joy of an unburdened you. My prayer for all survivors of sexual assault. #MeToo.” The actress later tweeted from inside the courtroom: “I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford,” she wrote.
4. Antonio Sabato Jr.
It must be noted that not all celebs followed the party line and came out in support of Ford. Antonio Sabato Jr., an actor and Congressional candidate, came out in support of Kavanaugh, with a scathing Tweet against Democrats. “The Democrats will do anything in their power to win no matter what, this time you’ve lost and will keep losing, the American people are a lot smarter than you are, we can see the truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God. #ConfirmJudgeKavanaughNow,” he wrote.
5. Samantha Bee
Samantha Bee, a Canadian-American comedian, writer, and political commentator also took to Twitter to share her views with the world about the Ford case. In a thoughtful Tweet, Bee wrote, “Today’s hearing reminds us that to really tell a woman’s story, one must begin with a 15-minute preamble from an elderly man about why her story is suspicious. #KavanaughHearings.”
6. Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres, born in 1958, is an American comedian, television host, actress, and famous LGBT activist. Most famous for her TV show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she also came out in support of Ford with a short and simple Tweet. “Dr. Ford, I am in awe of your bravery.” She wrote.
7. Mia Farrow
Mia Farrow, an American actress, fashion model, and political activist, also joined the fray, expressing support for Ford while thanking her for her courage. “Deepest gratitude to you #DrChristineBlaseyFord You told us that you are ‘terrified’ – but today you embody courage,” Wrote Farrow. But the kickback on Twitter wasn’t all in support of Ford’s claims. It’s now time for Donald Trump Jr. to weigh in.
8. Donald Trump Jr.
While he doesn’t exactly qualify as a celebrity, we couldn’t miss out on some classic Tweets from the other side of the debate. While DTJ’s Tweet was wholly expected, he did make a valid point about the sensitive allegations. “I’m no psychology professor, but it does seem weird to me that someone could have a selective fear of flying. Can’t do it to testify but for vacation, well it’s not a problem at all,” he wrote.
9. Mariska Hargitay
Actress Mariska Hargitay is best-known for her time at “Law and Order: SVU.” Having followed the hearing closely, Hargitay also came out in support of Ford, lauding her for her courage. “Sending strength and courage and self-care to survivors today, as I carry you and your stories in my heart,” she Tweeted. But the next Tweet also made a great point, noting that the current political environment in America is “toxic and partisan.”
10. Chaz Bono
Chaz Bono makes it to the celebs list today but mainly due to his being the son of Sonny Bono and Cher. In his capacity as an advocate, writer, and actor, Bono noted that the political environment in America today is problematic. “Sickened that our current political environment is so toxic and partisan, that #DrChristineBlaseyFord received death threats for doing, what she believes, is her civic duty,” he Tweeted.
11. Josh Gad
Josh Gad, also an actor, comedian, and singer, is best-known for voicing Olaf in Frozen as well as playing Elder Arnold Cunningham in the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon. Gad sent a short message on social media, extolling Ford’s virtues, Tweeting, “Bravery. Dignity. Integrity. Thank you #DrChristineBlaseyFord for your courage today.”
12. Busy Phillips
Busy Phillips, renowned for her roles in the hit TV show, Freaks and Geeks, as well as in Dawson’s Creek, took things a step further on Instagram. “#tbt This is me at 14. The age I was raped. It’s taken me 25 years to say those words. I wrote about it in my book. I finally told my parents and sister about it four months ago. Today is the day we are silent no more. All of us. I’m scared to post this. I can’t imagine what Dr. Ford is feeling right now,” she wrote, along with a photo of herself as a young teen.
13. Sally Field
Sally Field, an actress and movie director, has enjoyed some accolades during her illustrious career. Having won two academy awards as well as two Golden Globes, Field is another celeb who feels passionately about the Ford case. “Out of the blue, a hero steps up, and I’m in awe. I know the pain of these kinds of memories, Dr. Ford. Memories that are indelibly imprinted on your brain no matter how many years go by. I, like millions of women across America, are behind you and thank you profoundly,” she wrote on Twitter.
14. Mira Sorvino
Perhaps slightly less famous, although no less valid, is Mira Sorvino, an actress and sexual violence survivor. She also took to the Twittersphere to express her support for Ford’s courage in coming forward. “I find Dr. Blasey Ford extremely credible and sympathetic. I find her responses echo many of the feelings and reactions I have had over the years connected to my own sexual violence trauma and the aftermath of speaking out. I applaud her courage,” she wrote.
Ford’s testimony was so compelling; it’s hard for anyone to conclude that something terrible didn’t happen to her when she was younger. Her recollection of the events around 35 years ago also seemingly places Kavanaugh at the scene along with his friend Mark Judge. As far as Ford is concerned, she is “100 percent” sure that Kavanaugh was involved, even if other details about that fateful night are unclear to her.
For his part, Judge Kavanaugh is a highly-respected federal judge with many years of experience as well as a flawless record under his belt. His testimony before Senators was as compelling and emotional as Ford’s, leaving many people thinking that he is an innocent man who has been wrongly accused.