Hollywood Reacts to Jemele Hill Controversy

Hollywood Reacts to Jemele Hill Controversy
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Controversy was ignited on Monday when ESPN’s “SportsCenter” anchor Jemele Hill tweeted her views on Donald Trump, calling the president a “white supremacist” and a “bigot.” ESPN subsequently distanced itself from her comments, tweeting a statement denouncing her tweets and stating that the station had spoken with Hill regarding the incident.


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Jemele Hill Controversy Magnifies Troubles at ESPN

Hill then issued a statement expressing regret that her comments “painted ESPN in an unfair light” via Twitter on Tuesday, but not before White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to a reporter’s question about the incident: “I think that’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make, and certainly something that I think is a fireable offense by ESPN,” she said.

In response to the goings on, the entertainment industry took to Twitter to express support for Hill.

“Jemele Hill is sharp. Speaks her mind and never has to ‘get back to you on that.’ We’re lucky she’s on TV,” wrote Seth Meyers.

“I’m in television and I’m also calling President Trump a white supremacist,” wrote Michael Green, screenwriter and producer for “American Gods.”

“From his history, performance & statements, Pres. Donald Trump is a white supremacist. Please alert HBO i need to be fired. Also, f— off,” wrote David Simon, showrunner for HBO’s “The Deuce” and “The Wire.”

“@Jamelehill glad you are back on twitter the dollarnaires were about to come through like,” tweeted Black Sports Online CEO Robert Littal.

Mike Schur took a sarcastic approach. “How dare Jamele Hill claim that Trump is a white supremacist?!”

“Happy to stand w my friend and colleague Jemele Hill any time and anywhere…especially now…” tweeted Michael Wilbon, co-host of “Pardon the Interruption,” and ESPN NBA analyst.

See more reactions below.


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  1. Troy says:

    Respect one another.

  2. Fernando says:

    All trump supporters should be registered and locked up.

    • Marco says:

      Interesting opinion. I wonder if that reflects the views of other ‘liberals’. Because of course registering people and locking them up for their opinions is the epitome of a liberal society, right?

      Here’s a tip for my fellow libs, if we’re going to attack the Trump administration for its fascism and intolerance, it doesn’t reflect well on us if we proceed to display fascism and intolerance to others.

    • You can either walk out of this country or be carried out in a casket. The wall is going up and you people are leaving.

  3. Allan Falk says:

    and Hollywood actors wonder why people hate em´ ? lol

  4. What a joke. Black supremacists being black supremacists. Did you notice all of these (((white people))) concurring were not Christians or Europeans but (((another tribe)))? Keep on doing it people. You’re just making more of us. White people are allowed to exist just like everybody else. The more you deny it, the worse it’s going to get.

  5. Tom says:

    ……..During the 2008 NBA Playoffs, Hill was suspended from her post after referencing Adolf Hitler in an article about the then-NBA champion Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons. In an editorial describing why she could not support the Celtics, Hill wrote: “Rooting for the Celtics is like saying Hitler was a victim. It’s like hoping Gorbachev would get to the blinking red button before Reagan. Deserving or not, I still hate the Celtics.” The comments generated a negative response and ………….

  6. Frank says:

    The white guy in tennis was fired for saying guerilla.
    The black bogey man/girl doesn’t get fired????

  7. Ken Lippert says:

    Pathetic comments from pathetic people. They should all take a good look in the mirror . Very sad .

  8. Rex says:

    Has anybody told her she’s a fat pig.

  9. Shyam c says:

    Who r these people except Seth Meyers

  10. chenker says:

    Jamele hill should be fired, plain and simple. Any employee who would rather espouse political criticism than do what they’re being paid for would be fired but political correctness is looming above.ESPN Disney would rather become political vessels for slanted extremist political views than do what gave them their reputations in the first place… sports and movies. The medium of escapism is being infected with uncreative political groupthink.

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