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Kathy Griffin, Debra Messing, John Cusack, and other celebs vent rage over Covington teens

Hollywood celebrities are rushing to delete their tweets about the Catholic high school students who stared down a Native American during protests near the Lincoln Memorial after new footage suggested the confrontation was more complicated that it first appeared.

Covington Catholic High School shut down its campus Tuesday as a precaution and a small protest was held outside their diocese as fallout continued over an encounter involving white teenagers, Native American marchers and a black religious sect outside the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday.

Many liberal celebrities had been quick to join the angry fray, tweeting out condemnation of the teens.

But within days of the viral video, which appeared to show them harassing the Native American man, more footage has been released which suggests it was not all one-sided and that there had been several different protest groups that day. It also revealed that the Native American man had approached the teens.

Now some of those appear to regret their hasty tweets attacking the high schoolers. But not all. 

Hollywood celebrities have called for publicly humiliating the Catholic high school students who were seen in viral video staring down a Native American elderly man near the Lincoln Memorial – even though new footage shows there was more to the confrontation

President Donald Trump tweeted early Tuesday that the students at Covington Catholic High School ‘have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be’ but says he hopes the teens will use the attention for good, and ‘maybe even to bring people together.’

The recorded images that initially generated outrage on social media were tightly focused on the students wearing ‘Make America Great Again’ hats, who seemed to laugh derisively as they surrounded an elderly Native American beating a drum.

Longer videos from wider perspectives emerged later over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend.

They revealed the drummer – Omaha Nation elder Nathan Phillips – had intervened between the boys and the religious sect.

That came after the teens seemed to grow rowdier and the black street preacher who had been shouting racist statements against both groups escalated his rhetoric.

Soon, all sides were pointing fingers , giving their own accounts about feeling victimized and misunderstood.

In the wake of new video evidence showing more context to Sunday’s events, actor Jamie Lee Curtis tweeted: ‘There are two sides to every story. I made a snap judgment based on a photograph & I know better than to judge a book by its cover. I wasn’t there. I shouldn’t have commented. I’m glad there wasn’t violence. I hope theses two men can meet and find common ground as can WE ALL!’

But Curtis appeared to be the exception among Hollywood celebrities who took to Twitter and demanded that the high school students be publicly shamed.

Kathy Griffin, the comedian known for her liberal views, tweeted on Sunday: 'Ps. The reply from the school was pathetic and impotent. Name these kids.'

Kathy Griffin, the comedian known for her liberal views, tweeted on Sunday: ‘Ps. The reply from the school was pathetic and impotent. Name these kids.’

Debra Messing, the star of the NBC sitcom Will & Grace, called the high school student seen in the original video smirking at Phillips an 'a*****e.'

Debra Messing, the star of the NBC sitcom Will & Grace, called the high school student seen in the original video smirking at Phillips an ‘a*****e.’

TV host John Fugelsang said the teens are 'a model for modern U.S. Christian fundamentalism'

TV host John Fugelsang said the teens are ‘a model for modern U.S. Christian fundamentalism’

John Cusack tweeted on Sunday: 'This Covington School thing is beyond belief…the lack of basic Respect for an elder (any elder) is the number one symptom of a SICK society….MAGA CATHOLICS paving the road of ignorance…you are a DISGRACE…'

John Cusack tweeted on Sunday: ‘This Covington School thing is beyond belief…the lack of basic Respect for an elder (any elder) is the number one symptom of a SICK society….MAGA CATHOLICS paving the road of ignorance…you are a DISGRACE…’

Michael Green, the writer known for his work on Bladerunner 2049, tweeted about Sandmann, writing: 'A face like that never changes. This image will define his life. No one need ever forgive him.'

Michael Green, the writer known for his work on Bladerunner 2049, tweeted about Sandmann, writing: ‘A face like that never changes. This image will define his life. No one need ever forgive him.’

Michael Ian Black, the comedian, also tweeted two juxtaposed pictures - one of the Covington students and Phillips at the Lincoln Memorial, and the other of a white man throwing what appears to be milk on a group of black patrons at a diner as other whites look on approvingly

Michael Ian Black, the comedian, also tweeted two juxtaposed pictures – one of the Covington students and Phillips at the Lincoln Memorial, and the other of a white man throwing what appears to be milk on a group of black patrons at a diner as other whites look on approvingly

Chris Evans, the Avengers actor, tweeted: 'This is appalling. The ignorance. The gall. The disrespect. It’s shameful. And sadly on brand.'

Chris Evans, the Avengers actor, tweeted: ‘This is appalling. The ignorance. The gall. The disrespect. It’s shameful. And sadly on brand.’

Ed Asner, the legendary actor, tweeted: 'This is a disgrace. This is not America'

Ed Asner, the legendary actor, tweeted: ‘This is a disgrace. This is not America’

Rosie O'Donnell, who has always been an outspoken advocate of liberal causes, tweeted two photos: one of Sandmann smirking on Saturday, and the other of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh with a similar facial expression

Rosie O’Donnell, who has always been an outspoken advocate of liberal causes, tweeted two photos: one of Sandmann smirking on Saturday, and the other of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh with a similar facial expression

Kathy Griffin, the comedian known for her liberal views, tweeted on Sunday: ‘Ps. The reply from the school was pathetic and impotent. Name these kids.’

In another tweet, she wrote: ‘I want NAMES. Shame them. If you think these f—ers wouldn’t dox you in a heartbeat, think again.’

In 2017, Griffin was fired by CNN and dropped by numerous comedy clubs after she released a photo on social media showing her holding a prop that was meant to depict the decapitated head of Trump.

John Cusack, the High Fidelity actor who is also very vocal about his liberal political views, tweeted on Sunday: ‘This Covington School thing is beyond belief…the lack of basic Respect for an elder (any elder) is the number one symptom of a SICK society….MAGA CATHOLICS paving the road of ignorance…you are a DISGRACE…look that word up, it means something….learn your History, Catholics.

Jamie Lee Curtis called for moderation, tweeting: 'There are two sides to every story. I made a snap judgment based on a photograph & I know better than to judge a book by its cover. I wasn’t there. I shouldn’t have commented. I’m glad there wasn’t violence.'

Jamie Lee Curtis called for moderation, tweeting: ‘There are two sides to every story. I made a snap judgment based on a photograph & I know better than to judge a book by its cover. I wasn’t there. I shouldn’t have commented. I’m glad there wasn’t violence.’

‘Grow some spine Clergy…lead by example and stop embarrassing the rest of us who know better. There is NO supporting MAGA that can be rationalized.’

Debra Messing, the star of the NBC sitcom Will & Grace, called the high school student seen in the original video smirking at Phillips an ‘a*****e.’

‘Mocking, condescending, disrespecting, A*****E,’ Messing wrote on Twitter.

The student, Nicholas Sandmann, a junior at Covington Catholic, sat down for an interview with Savannah Guthrie of NBC’s TODAY show.

Guthrie on Tuesday posted a photo on her Twitter feed showing her sitting next to Sandmann during the taping of the interview.

‘Sitting down with Nicholas Sandmann – the student at the center of the protest controversy at the Lincoln Memorial. Airs tomorrow,’ the TODAY anchor tweeted.

But the post generated tens of thousands of comments, most of them negative and critical of Guthrie and TODAY who are being accused of ‘normalizing hate’ and ‘giving racism a platform.’

In a brief clip of the interview posted to social media, Guthrie asked Sandmann if he feels he owes an apology.

‘As far as standing there, I had every right to do so,’ Sandmann told Guthrie.

‘My position is that I was not disrespectful to Mr. Phillips,’ he said. 

‘I respect him, I would like to talk to him.

Nick Sandmann, the MAGA hat-wearing Catholic high school student who stared down a Native American war veteran during a demonstration at the Lincoln Memorial on Friday has said he does not believe he was disrespectful but that he wishes he would have walked away

Nick Sandmann, the MAGA hat-wearing Catholic high school student who stared down a Native American war veteran during a demonstration at the Lincoln Memorial on Friday has said he does not believe he was disrespectful but that he wishes he would have walked away

Sandmann sat down with NBC News' Savannah Guthrie in an interview airing Wednesday morning. When asked whether he thinks he owes anyone an apology, Sandmann said: 'As far as standing there, I had every right to do so.' The students were attending an anti-abortion rally

Sandmann sat down with NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie in an interview airing Wednesday morning. When asked whether he thinks he owes anyone an apology, Sandmann said: ‘As far as standing there, I had every right to do so.’ The students were attending an anti-abortion rally

‘I mean, in hindsight, I wish we could’ve walked away and avoided the whole thing.’

Sandmann has maintained that Phillips approached him, not the other way around.

The Sandmann family has retained a public relations firm to help the teen navigate the media firestorm, according to the Louisville Courier Journal. 

Michael Green, the writer known for his work on Bladerunner 2049, tweeted about Sandmann, writing: ‘A face like that never changes. This image will define his life. No one need ever forgive him.’

Ed Asner, the legendary actor, tweeted: ‘This is a disgrace. This is not America.’ 

Chris Evans, the Avengers actor, tweeted: ‘This is appalling. The ignorance. The gall.

‘The disrespect. It’s shameful. And sadly on brand. 

‘When something like this isn’t even surprising, it’s evidence to our place in the cycle of recreating our darker chapters. 

‘That Native American man showed incredible strength and dignity.’

Rosie O’Donnell, who has always been an outspoken advocate of liberal causes, tweeted two photos: one of Sandmann smirking on Saturday, and the other of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh with a similar facial expression.

Kavanaugh was confirmed to the highest court in the land after a bruising process which included allegations by at least two women of sexual misconduct decades ago.

Patricia Heaton, the star of Everybody Loves Raymond, denounced celebrities and public figures who want the students to be 'doxxed'.

Patricia Heaton, the star of Everybody Loves Raymond, denounced celebrities and public figures who want the students to be ‘doxxed’.

'These apologies are welcome and necessary, but they don't address the damage that cannot be undone which was inflicted upon young people who are about to embark on adulthood - applying to colleges, looking for employment, etc,' she tweeted

‘These apologies are welcome and necessary, but they don’t address the damage that cannot be undone which was inflicted upon young people who are about to embark on adulthood – applying to colleges, looking for employment, etc,’ she tweeted

'These young people will forever have these smears follow them through their life every time they proffer their resume with the word "Covington" on it,' she tweeted

‘These young people will forever have these smears follow them through their life every time they proffer their resume with the word “Covington” on it,’ she tweeted

'And yet those who perpetrated this destruction, no matter how unintended, are still at their jobs, with nary a consequence for their reckless behavior,' she tweeted

‘And yet those who perpetrated this destruction, no matter how unintended, are still at their jobs, with nary a consequence for their reckless behavior,’ she tweeted

'It seems to me that an apology without some kind of accompanying action which speaks to the seriousness of their transgression - a suspension from work, some loss of pay - renders any apology empty,' she tweeted

‘It seems to me that an apology without some kind of accompanying action which speaks to the seriousness of their transgression – a suspension from work, some loss of pay – renders any apology empty,’ she tweeted

'Some kind of compensatory action would go a long way in signaling their recognition of the seriousness of their transgression and help to restore what's left of the public's very fragile trust in their reputations as trustworthy journalists,' Heaton tweeted

‘Some kind of compensatory action would go a long way in signaling their recognition of the seriousness of their transgression and help to restore what’s left of the public’s very fragile trust in their reputations as trustworthy journalists,’ Heaton tweeted

. 'However, I don't believe this will happen.'

. ‘However, I don’t believe this will happen.’

Michael Ian Black, the comedian, also tweeted two juxtaposed pictures – one of the Covington students and Phillips at the Lincoln Memorial, and the other of a white man throwing what appears to be milk on a group of black patrons at a diner as other whites look on approvingly. 

Patricia Heaton, the star of Everybody Loves Raymond, denounced celebrities and public figures who want the students to be ‘doxxed’.

She tweeted: ‘I’m seeing what I believe to be sincere apologies from some journalists and verified media persons regarding their lack of professionalism in rushing to judgement’ about the Covington students.

‘These apologies are welcome and necessary, but they don’t address the damage that cannot be undone which was inflicted upon young people who are about to embark on adulthood – applying to colleges, looking for employment, etc.

‘These young people will forever have these smears follow them through their life every time they proffer their resume with the word “Covington” on it. 

‘It will also affect anyone who ever has or ever will attend that school. The damage is incalculable.

‘And yet those who perpetrated this destruction, no matter how unintended, are still at their jobs, with nary a consequence for their reckless behavior. 

‘It seems to me that an apology without some kind of accompanying action which speaks to the seriousness of their transgression – a suspension from work, some loss of pay – renders any apology empty.

‘Some kind of compensatory action would go a long way in signaling their recognition of the seriousness of their transgression and help to restore what’s left of the public’s very fragile trust in their reputations as trustworthy journalists.

‘However, I don’t believe this will happen.’  

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