Good morning. First the good news: the apocalypse has not yet struck, no nuclear warheads are in the air and the four horsemen are unsighted (at the time of writing).
Now the bad: President Donald Trump’s executive order that is definitely not a Muslim ban, just one that indiscriminately targets people from countries with large Muslim populations with the delicacy and diplomacy of Godzilla in Manhattan, is still in effect.
Over the weekend, many from the notoriously liberal music world, including Rihanna, Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and the bass player from Blink 182, used social media to respond. Needless to say, many were as unimpressed as anyone with half a functioning brain.
Disgusted! The news is devastating! America is being ruined right before our eyes! What an immoral pig you have to be to implement such BS!!— Rihanna (@rihanna) January 29, 2017
Steve Jobs father was Syrian and he was adopted in to an American family. This is absolute madness and completely against American interest— win butler (@DJWindows98) January 29, 2017
Expect artists to be banned & jailed by 2020 .in the USA .. im clear on this pic.twitter.com/5ybYVFiAFy— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) January 28, 2017
Some perspective on the threat that Americans face from Muslims in the US. Maybe Trump should ban something else? pic.twitter.com/4JoxEsUjwQ— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) January 28, 2017
I forever stand with my Muslim brothers and sisters. I will do whatever I can to fight for your freedom and safety. I'm sorry 💔— Best Coast (@BestCoast) January 28, 2017
Too late. He has made it clear he will destroy American values. I dread what each new day will bring. I'm ashamed of him. https://t.co/CtXzOpsxYJ— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) January 28, 2017
I try to keep my politics off of twitter, but the ban on refugees is disgraceful. Please refer to the Statue of Liberty. I love you all.— Mark Hoppus (@markhoppus) January 28, 2017
We could go on but, well, you get the picture. The good news is that the rich and famous are not simply telling the world how terrible this is. Good on Grimes, then, who pledged to match her fans’ donations to the Council on American-Islamic Relations and made good on her promise to the tune of $10,000.
thank you so much to everybody who donated, y'all just matched 10k in donations to CAIR ... it means a lot <3 pic.twitter.com/T6lfhBJVUu— Grimes (@Grimezsz) January 29, 2017
Meanwhile Sia went 10 times better, pledging to match donations to the civil rights charity the ACLU up to a cool $100,000.