A big thumbs up via so­cial media from Hol­ly­wood

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION - By Yvonne Vil­lar­real

Vet­eran ac­tor Ian McKellen cel­e­brated with a Vine video. Singer Mi­ley Cyrus re­joiced with some scream­ing and a few emo­jis. And talk show host Ellen DeGeneres summed up her joy in two words and a hash­tag.

In a land­mark rul­ing, the Supreme Court ruled Fri­day that states can­not ban same- sex mar­riage. And many in the arts and en­ter­tain­ment world were ec­static about the 5- 4 de­ci­sion — with most tap­ping their thumbs and re­lay­ing mes­sages via so­cial media.

From DeGeneres and ac­tor Ge­orge Takei to singer Joe Jonas and ac­tress Lena Dun­ham, a cas­cade of so­cial media dec­la­ra­tions and press- cir­cu­lated state­ments lauded the rul­ing.

DeGeneres, who helped change the con­ver­sa­tion about gays with her short­lived ABC sit­com “Ellen,” kept her thoughts on Fri­day’s rul­ing suc­cinct when tweet­ing to her nearly 45 mil­lion fol­low­ers: “Love won. # Mar­riage-Equal­ity.”

Oth­ers, like Dun­ham, sent a se­ries of tweets on the de­ci­sion. Dun­ham has been vo­cal that she won’t con­sider mar­ry­ing mu­si­cian-boyfriend Jack Antonoff un­til same- sex mar­riage is le­gal­ized — and on Fri­day she tweeted to Antonoff, “Get on it, yo.”

Out­side of the 140- char­ac­ter limit, Dun­ham said in a state­ment that the mo­ment was a “beau­ti­ful and es­sen­tial step in rec­og­niz­ing the hu­man­ity of LGBTQ Amer­i­cans. I honor those who have bravely and tire­lessly fought to make this a right and not a priv­i­lege for ev­ery­one liv­ing un­der our f lag, with a spe­cial shout out to those at the Hu­man Rights Cam­paign.”

Mean­while, vet­eran ac­tors McKellen and Derek Ja­cobi, wear­ing match­ing “Stonewall Inn” T- shirts, posted a video to Vine in which McKellen said, “Well done, Supreme Court. About time,” as Queen’s “We Are the Cham­pi­ons” played in the back­ground.

Hol­ly­wood has long had a rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing pro­gres­sive — though there’s been some crit­i­cism that more still needs to be done on TV and in f ilm to bet­ter rep­re­sent the LGBT com­mu­nity.

At the same time, many in the mu­sic in­dus­try have been out­spo­ken in their sup­port of gay rights but are only just now start­ing to see shifts in what it means to be gay and pop­u­lar through artists such as Frank Ocean and Sam Smith.

Af­ter Obama de­clared his sup­port of same- sex mar­riage in 2012, Jay Z told CNN that op­pos­ing same­sex mar­riage is “no dif­fer­ent than dis­crim­i­nat­ing against blacks. It’s dis­crim­i­na­tion, plain and sim­ple.” And last year, Mack­le­more & Ryan Lewis’ song “Same Love” served as the sound­track for 33 cou­ples who were wed dur­ing the Grammy Awards.

“I can’t stop cry­ing. God bless love,” wrote Mary Lam­bert, the les­bian singer whose cho­rus on “Same Love” be­came one of main­stream pop mu­sic’s most overt an­thems in sup­port of the cause. “Shoutout to ev­ery sin­gle hu­man be­ing who has worked tire­lessly and fought for us.”

Smith, the Grammy- win­ning Bri­tish singer whose 2014 al­bum “In the Lonely Hour” was one of the most suc­cess­ful de­buts in re­cent pop history, wrote on In­sta­gram that “times are chang­ing my friends. We have such a long way to go and so much more fight­ing to do so I hope no­body stops and thinks ev­ery­thing ’s OK be­cause it isn’t.

“BUT it’s days like to­day, and mo­ments like this that we’ve all gotta have a drink and celebrate how far we have come. I couldn’t be prouder to be gay.”

Madonna, the pi­o­neer­ing pop star who rode to fame partly on the strength of her ap­peal to gay fans, tweeted that “Fi­nally And at Last! The Revo­lu­tion Of Love has Be­gun!”

Not to be out­done, the arts com­mu­nity also weighed in.

Tony- win­ning ac­tress Au­dra McDon­ald, who has been a vo­cal ad­vo­cate of same- sex mar­riage on Twit­ter, said it’s a mo­ment whose ar­rival feels at odds with the times.

“It’s a his­toric day,” she told The Times. “It feels like it hap­pened so quickly and yet so slowly. For the Broad­way com­mu­nity, it was al­ways a no- brainer. On Broad­way, the LGBTQ com­mu­nity is so vis­i­ble; we never un­der­stood the dis­crim­i­na­tion of the past.”

Opera singer Pa­tri­cia Racette, who is gay and mar­ried to her long­time part­ner, noted that even when laws change, re­sis­tance and dis­crim­i­na­tion can per­sist.

“I loved what our pres­i­dent said that jus­tice grows out of recog­ni­tion,” she said. “But it’s not the end of the story — as we have seen with other civil wrongs made right, we are well aware of the re­sis­tance that is out there.” yvonne. vil­lar­real @ latimes. com Time staff writ­ers Au­gust Brown, David Ng and Mikael Wood con­trib­uted to this re­port.

Jay L. Clen­denin L. A. Times

AMONG Lena Dun­ham’s var­i­ous tweets over the rul­ing was a nudge to her mu­si­cian boyfriend.

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