Celeb Inauguration Blues: ‘The Devil’s Clown Car Opens’

January 20th, 2017 11:34 AM

As inauguration festivities got under way, celebrities began to weigh in with final thoughts on the Obamas, the incoming administration and the nation’s impending doom. 

Director and scathing Trump critic Joss Whedon managed to reflect all of those sentiments in a January 19 tweet. “Barack Obama is President today,” he wrote. “Tomorrow the devil’s clown car opens and millions will suffer. But today is for gratitude and pride.”

Contemplating the Obamas’ departure from the White House, African American actresses Taraji P. Henson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Janelle Monae got nostalgic and panicky.

On instagram, Monae posted a picture of herself with the first couple, calling them the “one true king and queen of the North.” Henson posted a similar pic, noting that she “wanted to grab their ankles and beg them NOT TO LEAVE!!!!” Ross suffered more intensely, writing that she was already “starting to hyperventilate” and that “panic” was “definitely setting in.” 

Comedian Chelsea Handler wasn’t ready to say goodbye. She still clung to the hope that Obama would remain in the White House, tweeting: “Gambia’s president refuses to leave office, despite his expired term. Obama. DID YOU HEAR THAT? #4moreyrs.”

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Trump’s defeated opponent also got some shout-outs. On Instagram, writer/producer Lena Dunham posted an assortment of rainbow-hued Hillary Clinton photos with the caption: “Have you seen her in all her gold? Like a queen in days of old…Have you seen a lady fairer?”



Some celebs resisted the incoming administration by ignoring it. “You can’t make me watch,” LGBT activist Dan Savage tweeted, while singer Katy Perry said she’d be sleeping in.

Other entertainers took a very dismal tone, reminding their fans to set back their clocks. Actress Jessica Chastain suggested 100 years, while musician Brandon Williams advised 300.

Actor Don Cheadle tweeted a plain black square as a symbol of mourning, but couldn’t beat the doomsday feel of Michael Ian Black’s post: “Definitely don’t want to exaggerate but the world ends at noon.”