Celebrities scrambled to their Twitter pages to react to Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., an attack that appears to be the latest terror spawn from radical Islam.
Of course, we don’t know that to be sure, and plenty of information is still being processed about an attack which killed 14 people. That didn’t stop some stars from attacking not the killers, or those who preach a deadly form of Islam, but those who offered up prayers for the victims and their families.
In the span of 24 hours, the act of prayer become worthy of cultural contempt. Consider comedian and “The Daily Show” writer Travon Free, who found the very idea of prayer worth a quick laugh.
Can we at least pass meaningful Thoughts and Prayers control? The use of that phrase should definitely be regulated in Congress.
— Travon Free (@Travon) December 3, 2015
Leigh Whannell, best known for penning the first chapter in the “Saw” franchise, took aim at government officials who prayed for families directly impacted by the shooters.
Really glad we have your “thoughts and prayers”, politicians.
— Leigh Whannell (@LWhannell) December 2, 2015
Author Terry McMillan retweeted this nuggets diminishing prayer in the public space.
Patton Oswalt, the comic actor from “Justified” and the indie film “Big Fan,” also piled on prayer.
“Please stop asking us to help. We clearly can’t do shit.” Sincerely, Thoughts and Prayers — Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 2, 2015
Actress Rose McGowan of “Death Proof” fame shared the cover of this morning’s New York Daily News which attacked those who offer up prayers after gun tragedies.
Comic Alonzo Bodden used the tragedy to slam the NRA, even though there’s no evidence the organization or its methods had any direct or indirect link to the tragedy.
“Dear White People” director Justin Simien also took advantage of the killings to blast the NRA without knowing all the facts.
Not every celebrity jumped on the prayer shaming bandwagon. Connie Britton from “Nashville” bucked this trend with a more straightforward message to her followers.