LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — Several Hollywood celebrities have been called out on social media for their takes on violent protests that ultimately forced the cancellation of a planned speech by polarizing Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos at the University of California, Berkeley.

Judd Apatow, Sarah Silverman, and Debra Messing were among those who sounded off on social media just as
protesters dressed in black and some in hooded sweatshirts broke windows, threw smoke bombs and flares at a building and set a large bonfire outside the building where Yiannopoulos was set to speak.


“This is just the beginning”, Apatow wrote. “When will all the fools who are still supporting Trump realize what is at stake?”

Apatow later deleted the tweet and seemed to walk back his statement “because it was vague.”

Silverman, who tweeted as the protests were trending on social media, appeared to call for a military coup against the Trump administration, writing, “Once the military is with us, the fascists get overthrown”.

In a retweet of UC Berkeley’s announcement that Yiannopolous’ speech was canceled, Messing weighed in with the hashtags “#Resist” and “#NeverStop” as the protests grew increasingly violent.

Early Thursday morning, Trump appeared to threaten to cut off Berkeley’s federal funding if the school “does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view”.

Yiannopoulos – a gay, Jewish editor for Breitbart, which was formerly run by controversial Trump aide Steve Bannon – was on the last stop of a tour aimed at defying what he calls an epidemic of political correctness on college campuses.

He released a video late Wednesday letting his supporters know he and his team were unharmed during the melee.

“One thing we do know for sure: the Left is absolutely terrified of free speech and will do literally anything to shut it down”, he said in a Facebook post after the riots.

His visit to Berkeley was sponsored by the campus Republican club.

Several of Yiannopoulous’ talks at UC Davis and other campuses have been canceled due to protests or security concerns.

Critics of Yiannopoulous’ cancellation pointed to Berkeley’s decision to allow Nation Of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan to speak on campus in 2012, a move that also sparked protests but was defended by UC President Mark Yudof.

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Comments (17)
  1. Who the hell cares what these spoiled, rich, ignorant socialist Hollywood elitist think. As for as UC Berkeley and the Bay area is concerned. You are nothing but a socialist communist cesspool and an embarrassment to the state of California and your federal funds need to be cut off. You are helping to destroy this state and you are violating the 1st amendment of the U.S. constitution because you fear free speech. As for as the Hollywood elite you will soon pay a price at the Movie theater and in ratings on the boob box. You young skulls full of mush are being used by dark Communist forces that want to destroy this country. Wake up and think for yourselves. Obviously your parents aren’t paying attention what kind of education that they are getting for their money. Wake up America and pay attention to what your kids are learning..YOU are paying for it.

  2. I saw a clip of a women attacked with mace while talking to a reporter, what if she had shot that guy after that saying she feared for her life. what kind of coverage do you think that would get?

  3. Cut the funding!! Liberals are only helping Trump by doing this!!

  4. It’s one thing to whine about Trump at some award show but calling for overthrow? That’s really straddling the line.

    Also a bit shocking that so-called “progressives” would support tactics to squelch free speech that come straight from 1930s Germany.

  5. fincenmib says:

    Berkeley Organizer of riots and California Teachers Union financed, YVETTE FELARCA. Homeland Security in California has a file on her, but she is Democrat protected because of the many donor unions that support her. She is a Berkeley Middle School Teacher. She organized the Sacramento Riots on 6-26-16


  6. Bring Milo back to Berkeley..!!! I agree with these “Hollywood celebrities”. Any destruction of the Berkeley campus has my hearty approval.

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