Hollywood funnyman Ben Stiller and his daughter joined the protest against hate in Brooklyn this weekend, and he proudly shared a snap of the gathering on social media. The “Zoolander 2” actor also clarified that the rally was not directed toward President-elect Donald Trump.
On Sunday, Stiller took to Twitter to share a snap of the gathering in Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn Heights. He also revealed in his tweet that his daughter, 14-year-old Ella Olivia, was with him and that they were in the presence of NY State Senator Daniel Squadron and the people of Brooklyn who are also standing up against hate.
Immediately after sharing the photo, however, a fan questioned if the actor joined a rally that was against hate or against President-elect Donald Trump. Stiller was quick to respond that the movement was not at all a protest against Trump, but a move to stand up against all sorts of hate crimes against the people of the United States.
When the fan pointed out that Trump is not the person behind the hate crimes as proven by Trump’s call to his supporters to stop hate crimes during his “60 Minutes” interview, Stiller retorted that Trump can still do more to prevent these crimes. The comedian suggested that President Obama’s successor could continue denouncing these acts and tweet about them since his election to the Oval Office clearly caused a spike in the number of hate crimes.
Another fan also joined the conversation to tell the actor that Trump is also against hate crimes and that he should give the president-elect a chance. To this Stiller replied that the Brooklyn protest was basically against hate crimes and was never about politics or “giving Trump a chance.”
A day prior the protest, Stiller already confirmed on Twitter that he is coming to the rally when he retweeted a post that gives specific details about the movement. Per the infographic, the protest was joined by Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and City Council members Stephen Levin and Brad Lander. Elected officials and community and faith leaders were also part of the rally that was organized after swastikas and “Go Trump” writings began appearing in Adam Yauch Park.