It’s the news story on everyone’s lips and now the stars have taken to Twitter in response to the UK’s riots and the nationwide clean-up campaign
It’s the news story on everyone’s lips and now the stars have taken to Twitter in response to the UK’s riots and the nationwide clean-up campaign.
Piers Morgan @piersmorgan was one of the first big names to comment, saying: ‘Let’s get one thing straight: these people aren’t ‘protesting’, they are thieving and destroying. #LondonRiots’. Singer Jessie J (@jessiejofficial) added: ‘Watching the news. I really dont understand… I dont get it??!!! Why destroy your own community?’
@MissKellyO (aka Kelly Osbourne) took a break from criticising fellow stars (Christina Aguilera and Kate Middleton can relax!) to say: ‘I just cant believe whats going on in Tottenham people are destroying there own communities now they really will have nothing its so sad…’ – while an astounded Lily Allen, now @MrsLRCooper, added: ‘Are we on the brink of civil war or something ?’
Many were worried about friends and family caught in cities under attack.
@MissKellyO tweeted: ‘spent the last 3 hours trying to get hold of all my friends in london finally the last one texted me back & is home safe. i need a nap!’ Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) wrote: ‘WHOAH…been out of the loop all day. to all the people of the UK I hope you are ok. my prayers go out to you and the amazing people there’ before tweeting the hashtag #prayforlondon. The Hills star Whitney Port (@whitneyEVEport) echoed Justin’s sentiments, tweeting the hashtag #prayforEngland
Some stars have been affected directly by the violence.
TV chef Jamie Oliver told followers @jamieoliver how his Birmingham restaurant had it’s windows smashed in by rioters and singer MIA tweeted that one cousin’s restaurant had been vandalised and another relative’s shop had been looted by ‘a five year old’.
Stars also passed comment on the government’s slow response and their seeming reluctance to cut short their holidays to deal with the crisis.
@jessiejofficial wrote: ‘How sweet of David (Cameron) to put his cocktail down and travel back to do his job’. Comedian Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) said: ‘Nice of Cameron to come back to the Con/Dem Nation’ and Apprentice star and business guru Lord Alan Sugar tweeted @Lord_Sugar: ‘Boris Johnson coming back from holiday. That’s it all sorted then!’
The next step is the widespread clean-up operation with @simonpegg encouraging his 1.3 million followers to join the campaign: ‘Visit www.riotcleanup.co.uk for info on how and where to help if you can #riotcleanup’
Many celebrities are already speculating on what we can do to prevent anything like this from happening in future.
US singer @JoelMadden tweeted: ‘Use whatever tools, resources, and networks you have to help your city. You got this UK’ but @piersmorgan has his own ideas: ‘Do what New York did – go to war on the drug dealers and violent criminals. Reclaim the streets for good, decent people’– and his former arch nemesis Lilly Allen tweeted: ‘Bring back the cane ??????’