“Goodbye, U.K.” That’s how “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling summed up her reaction to the shock of Britain’s vote to withdraw from the European Union.
The results of the referendum dubbed “Brexit” by British media sent notable figures from entertainment and media to social media to express their feelings. The general sentiment among showbizzers vocal on social media tilted toward negative, after a divisive campaign and vote that fell along generational and partisan lines.
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“The Late Late Show” host James Corden was among those questioning how the decision will impact future generations. “I’m so sorry to the youth of Britain,” Corden said via Twitter. “I fear you’ve been let down today.”
There was much discussion about how the decision would ultimately affect prices and dealmaking for British companies. As actor Hugh Laurie observed via Twitter: “England fans will be paying 25 quid for a bottle of beer by Monday.”
Rupert Murdoch, 21st Century Fox and News Corp. chief, stayed silent on Twitter in the wake of the vote that prompted Prime Minister David Cameron, a Conservative, to resign.
A number of commenters, including “Game of Thrones” star Lena Headey, likened the sentiment among pro-exit voters in Britain to the support across the Pond for Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.
We may as well elect Trump over here pic.twitter.com/Ty14gW5kel
— lena headey (@IAMLenaHeadey) June 24, 2016
I can't get my head around what's happening in Britain.I'm so sorry to the youth of Britain. I fear you've been let down today x
— James Corden (@JKCorden) June 24, 2016
First hairline crack in the plasterwork: England fans will be paying 25 quid for a bottle of beer by Monday.
— Hugh Laurie (@hughlaurie) June 24, 2016
Goodbye, UK. https://t.co/HMRA0AnlWR
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 24, 2016
Pollsters knew nothing, City knew nothing, bookies knew nothing.
Nobody knew anything. #EUreferendum
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 24, 2016
Suggest everyone in Britain go to their bookshops & order their New Britain users guide tomorrow morning. pic.twitter.com/lnhXvIfwpo
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) June 24, 2016
As a Brit living in US, I've always been a little smug that our country didn't have such madness…Trump/NRA etc.We're above it. Not anymore
— Ben Winston (@benwinston) June 24, 2016
You shall not… https://t.co/OLv0m0aS7V
— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) June 24, 2016
People of continental Europe. Don't worry. I'm fairly sure you'll still have us to help out in the morning.
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) June 23, 2016
Can the leavers please stop droning on about metric and imperial units. They don't actually affect the taste of beer or the length of roads.
— James May (@MrJamesMay) June 24, 2016
The UK may be in economic crisis but at least Donald Trump has turned up.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) June 24, 2016
Totally stunned, waking up this morning to the #Brexit news. Wow
— Alan Cumming (@Alancumming) June 24, 2016