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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Beauty and The Beast" March 3, 2017. (Apega/WENN.com)
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Beauty and The Beast" March 3, 2017. (Apega/WENN.com)

Celebrities condemned the violent white supremacist rally in Virginia on social media


Some of Hollywood's biggest stars have voiced their condemnation of the violence that erupted Saturday during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Neo-Nazis gathered in the city Friday night to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The following day, the rally quickly turned violent when white nationalists were met with opposition from counter-protesters.

The violence prompted Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency.

As the violence worsened throughout the day, celebrities began sounding off on social media regarding the events that took place at the rally.

"The news makes me sick and so do racists in suits who dance around the fact that NAZIS are parading thru the streets in broad daylight (sic)," Hayley Williams of Paramore tweeted.

Other stars took direct aim at President Donald Trump who said the violence at the rally was provoked "on many sides."

On Sunday, the White House issued the following statement to expand upon Trump's remarks from Saturday:

"The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred and of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups," according to a White House spokesperson. "He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together."

But several celebrities called the president out for his tardy response to the incident.

"Hell of a day for the President to forget how to tweet," British author J.K. Rowling tweeted.

Singer John Legend also sounded off, saying, "We have Nazi (sic) sympathizers and white nationalists in the White House. Condemn them too. They should not be receiving taxpayer money."

A slew of other celebrities including Seth Rogen, Mark Ronson, Questlove, Estelle and Ava DuVernay also slammed the protest on Twitter.

WENN contributed to this report.

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