Celebrities join the #TakeaKnee protest

Suzy Byrne
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment & Lifestyle

After President Donald Trump’s comments over the weekend about how NFL players who protest the national anthem should be fired, we watched players, coaches, and entire teams participate in a mass #TakeaKnee protest during Sunday and Monday’s games.

Celebrities quickly showed their support of the movement, but some took it a step further by taking a knee themselves. See the powerful photos above.

Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny

The X-Files pair teamed up to take a knee — like former San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick has done many times in protest of “a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” (Photo: Gillian Anderson via Instagram)


Tracee Ellis Ross

The Black-ish star dressed down, letting her poignant pose speak for her, and it spoke volumes. (Photo: Tracee Ellis Ross via Instagram)

John Legend

The singer made a statement from the stage of his Darkness and Light tour. And, yes, wife Chrissy Teigen was behind him — and the athletes protesting. “It is their choice and right to kneel without the leader of our country trying to fire ‘these sons of b***hes,” she wrote to a Twitter commenter, using the president’s quote. (Photo: John Legend via Instagram)

Olivia Wilde

The actress and her co-stars in Broadway’s 1984 took a knee together at curtain call on Sunday. “Proud to be a part of this cast,” the actress captioned this photo of the moment of unity. “Thank you to our electric audience for your energy and support.” (Photo: Olivia Wilde via Instagram)

Eddie Vedder

The singer kneeled in front of the audience at the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in Franklin, Tenn., on Sunday. Earlier in the day, Pearl Jam posted words of support, writing that it’s the players’ constitutional right to stand up, sit down or # takeaknee for equality.” (Photo: Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

Chuck D

“Take A Damn Knee today,” wrote the rapper, of Public Enemy fame, as he kneeled alongside his Prophets of Rage peers all wearing Colin Kaepernick jerseys. (Photo: Chuck D via Twitter)

Uzo Aduba

“It’s that easy,” wrote the Orange Is the New Black actress. (Photo: Uzo Aduba via Instagram)

Pharrell Williams

During A Concert for Charlottesville, the singer got down on both knees. “Can’t nobody tell me what to do,” he said. “If I want to get on my knees right now, for the people of my city, for the people of my state. That’s what that flag is for.” (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

Stevie Wonder and Dave Matthews

So did Stevie Wonder and Dave Matthews at the same show, A Concert for Charlottesville. “I take a knee for America,” said Wonder, holding Matthews’s hand, “and two knees in prayer for our world.” (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

Solange Knowles

At the end of her performance of “Don’t Touch My Hair” at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, Solange slowly kneeled, stayed there for a moment, and after the crowded clapped, slowly rose back up. (Image: Complex via Twitter)

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