After House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, of LA. was shot when a gunman opened fire at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, VA., celebrities were more concerned with the politics of gun control than the fact that a U.S. congressman was shot.
Mia Farrow, previous wife of Frank Sinatra and star in The Great Gatsby (1974), tweeted:
Julianne Moore (The Hours and Carrie) retweeted the following (inaccurate propaganda) from David Frum, who attacked Virginia’s gun laws.
Film producer Tariq Nasheed immediately referenced a controversial speech Scalise delivered to the right-wing European-American Unity and Rights Organization, when tweeting about the issue:
Apparently, the fact that Scalise had addressed the group – a decision he publicly regretted – was more important to Nasheed than the shooting, itself.
Charles Clymer, a popular free-lancer (he has 66.4K followers on Twitter) directly advocated “talking about gun control”, unapologetically politicizing the shooting.
The political rage many celebrities and public figures condemn is now empowering these divisive, politicizing tweets.