What do prominent actors, writers and thinkers such as Harry Belafonte, Kerry Washington, Jane Fonda, filmmaker Jonathan Demme and intellectual Noam Chomsky have in common? It was announced Friday that this group of prominent celebrities have joined the “Stop Hate Dump Trump” campaign. Their mission is to denounce the billionaire Republican presidential front runner, feeling he’s a threat to the United States.
Playwright Eve Ensler, one of three co founders said, “We are offering Americans a chance to be heard and engage in action, as Trump’s campaign gains momentum even as he increases his hateful and divisive rhetoric. We also intend to put the media and political institutions on notice that they are accountable for normalizing Trump’s extremism by treating it as entertainment, by giving it inordinate and unequal air time and by refusing to investigate, interrogate or condemn it appropriately.”
Trump has dominated the Republican race for president since he announced his candidacy in June, 2015. He has shocked and thrilled Americans with his opinions on Mexicans and illegal immigrants, and a call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States. Most of his rhetoric has been eagerly reported in the media making it unnecessary for the real estate billionaire to spend enormous sums of money on advertising.
The campaign’s website claims it has united individuals from worker movement leaders, actors, teachers and farmers to students, poets and heads of companies. As a campaign spokesperson put it, “We believe Trump is a grave threat to democracy, freedom, human rights, equality and the welfare of our country and all our people. History has shown us what happens when people refuse to stand against hate-filled leaders. We pledge ourselves to speak out in every way possible against the politics of hate and exclusion he represents.”
The anti-Trump movement has attracted almost 1,200 people. They have added their written names since it was formulated on Wednesday. “The media is pushing the hate of Donald Trump like it’s a reality show,” said Jodie Evans, a documentary film producer and co-founder of the anti-war organization Code Pink, according to AFP News Agency.