Je Suis Charlie: Celebrities support Charlie Hebdo at Golden Globes

Published: January 12, 2015
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 Actress Kathy Bates holds a "Je Suis Charlie" sign upon arrival at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills. PHOTO: REUTERS

Actress Kathy Bates holds a "Je Suis Charlie" sign upon arrival at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills. PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES: From George Clooney to Helen Mirren and Jared Leto — Hollywood celebrities at the 72nd Golden Globes award ceremony  expressed on Sunday their solidarity with victims of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo which was attacked by two gunmen in Paris.

Clooney, the recipient of this year’s Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award, flaunted a Je Suis Charlie pin on his tuxedo, while his human rights lawyer wife Amal Alamuddin had a Je Suis Charlie emblem on her clutch.

Actor George Clooney accepts the Cecile B DeMille Award sporting a badge that says “Je Suis Charlie” at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills. PHOTO: REUTERS

At the red carpet of the gala – which was held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel — Mirren, Diane Kruger, Joshua Jackson and Kathy Bates also showed off Je Suis Charlie signage, while French composer Alexandre Desplat, who was nominated for his The Imitation Game score, also brought a copy of the sign, reported variety.com.

Je Suis Charlie, French for “I Am Charlie,” is the slogan adopted by supporters of press freedom around the world, and the French version has fast become one of the most-used hashtags ever on Twitter.

Amal Clooney wears a “Je Suis Charlie” button on her clutch upon arrival at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills. PHOTO: REUTERS

Tributes for the incident continued during the ceremony.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Theo Kingma received a standing ovation when he took to the stage, calling for freedom of speech around the world.

Last year’s Golden Globe winner for Dallas Buyers Club, Jared Leto, also shared a moment before presenting an award at the event.

“Our thoughts, our prayers, our hearts are with you tonight,” he said addressing Charlie Hebdo.

Actress Helen Mirren holds a “Je Suis Charlie” sign, referring to the recent attacks in Paris, as she arrives at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills. PHOTO: REUTERS

Later, Clooney also paid tribute to the victims of the attack, in which the offices of the satirical magazine were attacked by two brothers  — Cherif and Said Kouachi —  on January 7, killing 12 people, including the chief editor.

“Today was an extraordinary day, there were millions of people who marched — not just in Paris but around the world — and they were Christians and Jews and Muslims, they were leaders of countries all over the world and they didn’t march in protest. They marched in support of the idea that we will not walk in fear. So Je Suis Charlie,” Clooney said.

Actors Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger hold a “Je Suis Charlie” sign on the red carpet at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills. PHOTO: REUTERS

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Aamir - Toronto
    Jan 12, 2015 - 9:20PM

    What happened in France is totally unacceptable and unjustifiable but I wish these actors show the similar supports when it comes to killing of innocent Muslims in Gaza & Burma.

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  • SK
    Jan 12, 2015 - 11:19PM

    This is typical hollywood hypocrisy. The Peshawar massacre was way more heinous than what happened in Paris and yet no one cares about it, because those kids are Muslims. Quite frankly, freedom of speech does not mean that you disrespect the religious beliefs of a marginalized community.

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  • al
    Jan 13, 2015 - 12:05AM

    stop watching Hollywood Garbage.

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  • Vikram
    Jan 13, 2015 - 7:40AM

    For Muslims this life is a test. Real life of Muslims starts with punishment in the grave.

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  • Kamran
    Jan 13, 2015 - 10:33AM

    This is the time we have to use our brains!! We as a nation should have to think about what has done in Peshawar and where we stand.

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  • Yasin
    Jan 15, 2015 - 11:18PM

    @SK

    The world did condemn the Peshawar incident. UN general secretary, US president, British PM and scores of other world leaders condemned it. Even in the enemy country India all schools observed 2 minutes silence in the honour of those innocent children.
    However if the condemnation was not as high profile as in the case of Paris it is because the Peshawar incident is an internal matter of Muslims of Pakistan where they are killing each other. What do you think the world can do in such a situation other than feeling sorry.
    And the felt sad, no doubt.

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