January 30, 2023


Damascus Center for Theoretical and Civil Rights Studies

Hollywood hails Stacey Abrams amid Georgia Senate race

Once again, Georgia appears to have pulled through for the Democratic Party — and once again, Hollywood is bowing down to the voting-rights activists who helped flip the historically red state blue.

Pedro Pascal, Kerry Washington, Daniel Dae Kim, Billy Eichner, Audra McDonald and entertainment luminaries are singing the praises of Fair Fight Action founder Stacey Abrams and Black Voters Matter cofounder LaTosha Brown after Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock won in Tuesday’s Georgia Senate runoff elections.

Warnock was declared the winner over Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler, and later on Wednesday Ossoff won his election against Republican David Perdue, giving Democrats control of the Senate.

“I’m pretty sure my birthing days are behind me and that ship has sailed BUT if it weren’t I would name my next child Stacey Yvette LeTosha Abrams Brown McDonald,” Broadway star McDonald tweeted Tuesday night. “And you couldn’t tell that child s—.”

“What @staceyabrams and @MsLatoshaBrown and so very many other Black women organizers across the country have helped bring about in a time where our storied institutions were failing is remarkable,” wrote “1619 Project” mastermind Nikole Hannah-Jones. “Remarkable.”

In light of former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Abrams also playing a major role in President-elect Joe Biden’s win over President Trump, “The Daily Show” jokingly tweeted, “@staceyabrams what do you know about vaccine distribution.” And “Princess and the Frog” actress Anika Noni Rose shared a meme of Abrams saying, “Tell Donald. I want him to know it was me,” in reference to the late Diana Rigg’s iconic takedown of evil queen Cersei Lannister in “Game of Thrones.”

Of course, many also congratulated Warnock and Ossoff as they pulled ahead of their Republican opponents.

“A Black Man. An ALPHA Man. A Morehouse Man,” Atlanta-based producer Will Packer tweeted in salute to Warnock, who graduated from Morehouse College. “A Man of God. From GEORGIA. Yeah THAT Georgia. This one HITS DIFFERENT. We Did it. We really did. Congratulations my brother @ReverendWarnock.”

“My dear @ossoff I couldn’t be happier and more proud,” wrote “Frozen” star Josh Gad. “Thank you for creating a world in which every Jewish mother, including my own, now turns to their son/daughter and says, ‘Why can’t you be more like Jon Ossoff?’”

See more reactions to the ongoing Georgia election below.