Hollywood stars took to social media Thursday to denounce the Federal Communications Commission, Chairman Ajit Pai, and the agency’s vote to repeal Obama-era net neutrality regulations, restoring what the FCC chief called the restoration of a “free and open Internet.”
Avengers star Chris Evans said: “EVERYONE should care about this! It benefits no one unless you’re a faceless, mega corporation. NOBODY is asking for it.”
EVERYONE should care about this! It benefits no one unless you’re a faceless, mega corporation. NOBODY is asking for it. https://t.co/d2fBjPe7mX
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) December 14, 2017
Meanwhile, other celebrities like Rosie O’Donnell and porn star Mia Khalifa offered up decidedly more vulgar reactions.
O’Donnell responded to the vote by tweeting the hashtag “#FUCKtheFCC” while Khalifa hurled a personal attack at Pai: “Kill yourself, @AjitPaiFCC. Before someone trying to run a dungeon on WoW and can’t access their server does it for you. #NetNeutrality.”
— ROSIE (@Rosie) December 14, 2017
Thursday’s 3-2 party-line vote, as Breitbart News’ Sean Moran notes, will reclassify the Internet as an “information service,” rolling back the FCC’s 2015 net neutrality order, which regulated the Internet as a public monopoly.
As Breitbart News reported:
The order will also require Internet service providers (ISPs) such as Comcast or Verizon to release transparency reports detailing their practices towards consumers and businesses.
The FCC’s net neutrality repeal order will also restore the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) traditional authority and expertise to regulate and litigate unfair, deceptive, and anti-competitive telecommunications practices without onerous regulations and increased cost.
On Monday the FCC and the FTC agreed to share the responsibility to police unfair ISP practices regarding unfair or deceptive practices to block, throttle, or promote web content.
Below is a roundup of all the celebrity rage over the FCC’s vote.
What we have come to know by this move from the FCC is that @AjitPaiFCC is a rogue player. He has acted against the will of a major majority of the American people, left, right and center. He has financial conflicts of interest. He has flouted due process. He’s lost credibility. https://t.co/LgpBLBr9Yy
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 14, 2017
— Chance The Rapper (@ChanceFrom79th) December 14, 2017
Ajit Pai is the worst kind of uncle
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) December 14, 2017
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 14, 2017
We’re disappointed in the decision to gut #NetNeutrality protections that ushered in an unprecedented era of innovation, creativity & civic engagement. This is the beginning of a longer legal battle. Netflix stands w/ innovators, large & small, to oppose this misguided FCC order.
— Netflix US (@netflix) December 14, 2017
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) December 14, 2017
This fight isn’t over. #NetNeutrality
— Mr. Robot (@whoismrrobot) December 14, 2017
Bye, Internet! You had your moments. #NetNeutrality
— Martha Plimpton (@MarthaPlimpton) December 14, 2017
So this is astronomically bad. Now internet providers can silence who they want, charge through the roof for whatever the want, the internet as we’ve known it is over! What a great time in America to be a Corporation! https://t.co/t3VnySFDpw
— Chaz Bono (@ChazBono) December 14, 2017
— Kristen Schaal (@kristenschaaled) December 14, 2017
— David Simon (@AoDespair) December 14, 2017