Hollywood Celebrates Major League Baseball Taking a Knee: ‘I Started Tearing Up!’

Harry How/Getty Images; D Dipasupil; Vince Bucci; Emma McIntyre
Harry How/Getty Images; D Dipasupil; Vince Bucci; Emma McIntyre

Hollywood celebrities cheered their approval when major league baseball players took a knee during Thursday’s season opening games on both sides of the country. The players, who were sometimes joined by their coaches, knelt during the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner.

The kneeling was their way of paying tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement as well as to former NFL star Colin Kaepernick, who started the trend when he began kneeling during the national anthem at football games. President Donald Trump has expressed his disapproval of kneeling during the national anthem, saying that he will stop watching sporting events in which athletes show disrespect for the American flag.

Celebrities were elated on Thursday when baseball players defied the president and knelt on the field before their matches began. Rob Reiner payed tribute to players who knelt during the match between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants.

Bette Midler similarly crowed her approval during the game between the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals.

Alyssa Milano tweeted “I love you, baseball.”

Debra Messing claimed that she began crying when she saw baseball players kneeling on the field.

Vincent D’Onofrio tweeted “I love it when our country moves forward. Makes me proud.”

Michael Rapaport used the moment to once again insult the president, tweeting that the commander in chief “dodges fans like he dodges drafts.”

Don Cheadle mocked people who objected to the kneeling, calling them “kneeflakes.”

Mary McCormack tweeted out her approval of the kneeling phenomenon.

In what was perhaps a nod to Obama, Kristen Johnston tweeted out “Hope.”

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