March For Our Lives events got a big boost from an army of celebrities
Make no mistake: March For Our Lives is about curbing gun violence, and the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School made it happen. But having a few famous faces around never hurts.
It wasn’t just “a few,” however. Celebrities were out in full force, and in a variety of locations, to support stricter gun controls and other legislative efforts meant to ensure that incidents like the school shooting in Parkland never occur again.
To their credit, attending celebrities didn’t try to steal the moment or make it about themselves. Some showed up to put their familiar face behind a powerful movement. Others pointed back at the brave teens who turned their grief into something positive.
What stands out most is how many of these well-known public figures opted to add their voice to the mix. Even in this era of Trump, when it feels like there are important, meaningful public demonstrations on a weekly basis, the turnout of famous faces supporting March For Our Lives felt like a lot.
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Dear Evan Hansen star Ben Platt performed “Found/Tonight” together at the main march, in Washington, D.C. The song amounts to a medley, featuring Hamilton‘s “Story of Tonight” and Dear Evan Hansen‘s “You Will Be Found.”
Miley Cyrus also performed one of her own songs, “The Climb,” at the D.C. march. That song was said to be a favorite of Alyssa Alhadeff, a freshman who was killed in the Parkland shooting.
Former Beatle Paul McCartney joined the New York City march. He indirectly invoked the murder of John Lennon, who was shot outside his NYC apartment in 1980, as a reason for his supporting the movement.
Paul McCartney, who is marching in NYC, tells CNN: “One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it’s important to me..” It’s been 37 years since John Lennon was gunned down outside of his apartment in Manhattan. pic.twitter.com/DH0WRc3aY0
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 24, 2018
Plenty of celebs also attended just to be there. A vast range of famous figures, from comedian Billy Crystal and A Wrinkle in Time author Madeleine L’Engle to a large portion of the Parks and Recreation cast, turned out to stand with everyone else in support of stricter gun controls.
So ready to March today! Landed in DC w North & Kanye. We stand in solidarity with the survivors of gun violence & students who are calling for action on common sense gun safety laws at #MarchForOurLives around the country @AMarch4OurLives @Everytown
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 24, 2018
Meg’s tears stopped as abruptly as they had started. “But I do understand.” She felt tired and unexpectedly peaceful.
Mrs Which’s voice was grave. “Wwhatt ddoo yyou unndderrsstanndd?”
“That it has to be me. It can’t be anyone else.”#wrinkleintime#MarchForOurLives
— Madeleine L’Engle (@MadeleineLEngle) March 24, 2018
I’ll always stand for open dialogue and action – it’s the only way to ensure bad history doesn’t repeat itself. When it comes to protecting our children, all bets are off and the responsibility lies with us adults and lawmakers to listen and do. Very strong day. #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/4gJ0QKdMYw
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) March 24, 2018