Actor Samuel L. Jackson attacked Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in a tweet Saturday after the court overturned Roe v. Wade. Jackson called Thomas “Uncle Clarence,” mocking the justice for his opinion in the landmark abortion case.
Jackson called Thomas “Uncle Clarence” in reference to the compliant slave in “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” the classic novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe, the slave character is now often associated with submission to a White ruling class.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz then tore into Jackson for the hateful, vicious remarks he directed at Justice Thomas, saying “The hateful bigotry of the left knows no bounds.”
Jackson also wondered if Thomas would overturn the case, “Loving v Virginia.” The landmark 1967 “Loving” ruling declared that state bans on interracial marriages were unconstitutional. Thomas, the court’s only black justice, is married to a white woman.
In his concurring opinion Friday, the 74-year-old judge called for his colleagues to “reconsider” and potentially overturn other cases decided on the legal theory of “substantive due process” — including rulings that protect gay marriage and access to birth control.
Jackson and his wife LaTanya Richardson were among those to offer support for Jussie Smollett ahead of his sentencing on Thursday.
Letters from Jackson, his wife, an organizer with Black Lives Matter, and Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition were among those read Thursday in the Chicago courtroom, where Cook County Judge James Linn ultimately sentenced Smollett to 150 days in jail for lying to police in what authorities said was a staged hate crime.
Other celebs, including Grammy winner Billie Eilish, spoke out about the SCOTUS ruling at the Glastonbury Festival over the weekend. Green Day even performed in front of a “F–k Ted Cruz” sign.
Boldface names, including singers Phoebe Bridgers and Olivia Rodrigo, shared similar sentiments. “So many women and so many girls are going to die because of this,” said Rodrigo, 19. “I’m devastated and terrified.”
Multiple celebrities protested the Fourth of July this year in the wake of the bombshell Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which had protected women’s right to abortion for nearly 50 years.
Hollywood has taken a collective stance on this ruling and have unanimously agreed to use their influence to spread their disdain for the Supreme Court’s decision. Cruz and many others have consistently tried to weather the social media storm that celebrities have brought on this issue.
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