In the wake of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, those who oppose him took to the streets and exercised their right to protest peacefully. All over the world, women and men joined together for the Women's Marches, protesting misogyny and inequality galvanized by Trump. Instagram and Twitter lit up with pictures of marches in different cities, stretching from Washington D.C. to Australia and New Zealand.
The sheer number of attendees stifled many of the cities, and the women who marched brought a plethora of placards to aid them in their protest. Celebrities showed up all over the country in force, and made their opinions known. Among these celebrities were several prominent superhero actors & actresses, who embodied the heroes they portray by standing up for the rights of everyone.
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Celebrities Unite For The Cause
Regular folks like you and me can take to the streets, Twitter, and Instagram to voice our opinions until we are blue in the face. In many cases, our voices don't travel as far as we like. Thankfully, we have a vast number of celebrities who stand up for what they believe in, and they have the platform to be heard.
Judd Apatow, Meryl Streep, and Seth MacFarlane have all used social media and public events to voice their opinions, and despite what certain commentators on the internet say, their opinions do matter. Regardless of whether or not you agree with them, these public figures are making their voices heard. During the Women's Marches, several strong female role models took to the streets, to fight for what they believe in.
Melissa Benoist — Supergirl
Melissa Benoist has flown her way into the hearts of many with her portrayal of the Girl of Steel on The CW's #Supergirl. Benoist plays Kara Danvers perfectly, with a combination of strength and grace that had been lacking in the representation of female comic book characters before. She has quickly become a great role model for young girls, and for anyone who looks up to strong independent women.
Benoist continued to build her representation of strength by showing up to the Women's Marches on D.C. to share her opinions. As you can see in her Instagram post above, Benoist pulled no punches when crafting her protest sign. Not only does the sign reflect her personal beliefs, it's also hilarious.
Just by showing up in D.C. to protest is a big statement for Melissa Benoist, but the addition of the sign shows she is not afraid to let the world know how she feels. Whether you agree with her or not, she is doing the same thing her comic book counterpart would do: standing up for truth, justice, and the American way.
Brie Larson — Captain Marvel
Brie Larson has risen to become one of the most sought after female actresses in Hollywood. Her well-deserved Oscar for her performance in Room launched her career into the stratosphere. Comic book fans were elated when Larson was cast as one of the most badass women in Marvel comics history: #CaptainMarvel.
Although Brie Larson has not yet stepped into the role of Carol Danvers, she's already stepping up to the plate and showing the strength of her convictions. Her personality & character will no doubt help to strengthen her portrayal of Captain Marvel, and will be a light that the younger generation can follow.
The Arrowverse Unites!
This picture from Caity Lotz's Instagram shows the stars of #LegendsOfTomorrow and #TheFlash uniting for the cause. Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker, Keiynan Lonsdale, Caity Lotz, and Arthur Darvill all took the time to meet up and share the message of equality.
Just like Melissa Benoist and Brie Larson, these #Arrowverse stars are not afraid to be seen supporting their cause. The CW has become a beacon of diversity and equality, so having the stars of their hit shows show their support for the cause is inspiring.
Watch the promo for the mid-season premiere of Supergirl below:
When it comes down to it, we all have the desire for our voices to be heard and our opinions to matter. When people have the ability to be heard on a large scale and they take the opportunity to do so, they are speaking for a great many more who can't be as readily heard. Hopefully, people like Melissa Benoist, Brie Larson, and the Arrowverse stars will continue to stand up for what they believe in, and set a great example for all of us.
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