“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.