Hollywood celebrities rejoiced in unison as the Senate voted 53-47 on Thursday to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court, marking President Joe Biden’s (D) first appointment to the country’s highest court.
In their unconditional hosannas, the stars ignored the controversies surrounding Judge Jackson, including her history of lenient sentencing in child pornography cases, her support of critical race theory, and her apparent inability to define what a woman is. Some used Thursday’s vote to accuse Republican senators of racism for daring to ask tough questions during the judge’s confirmation hearings.
Celebrities including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mark Ruffalo, Viola Davis, Rosanna Arquette, and John Leguizamo gushed their praise of Judge Jackson.
“Glorious day for America, heading toward that ‘more perfect Union,’” Ruffalo tweeted.
“You’re an absolute inspiration,” Louis-Dreyfus crowed.
“Today we celebrate history in the making,” Arquette wrote.
HBO’s Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus offered the most effusive praise, saying that “history” was being made.
Let’s all stop for a moment to appreciate the history being made today.
Congratulations, JUSTICE Ketanji Brown Jackson.
You’re an absolute inspiration. pic.twitter.com/qF2KoTu8wG
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) April 7, 2022
Viola Davis, who plays Michelle Obama in the upcoming Showtime series The First Lady, also called it a historic day.
Congratulations Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson!!! You have made history! ❤❤❤ pic.twitter.com/nkdMjW53dm
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) April 7, 2022
Disney-Marvel’s The Avengers star Mark Ruffalo called it a “glorious day for America.”
Glorious day for America, heading toward that “more perfect Union.” #SheWillRise #InKBJWeTrust pic.twitter.com/UzWygvC3bJ
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) April 7, 2022
Rosanna Arquette accused GOP senators of racism and trying to sabotage her nomination. Comedian Sandra Bernhard also attacked Republican as “hateful.”
Today we celebrate history in the making. Congratulations !!And we also will never forget The horrible way honorable Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson was cross examined by racist Gaslighting GOP members to sabotage her nomination.
— ✌🏼rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) April 7, 2022
nothing could stop this we will persevere in spite of the hateful #republicans a powerful moment #KentanjiBrownJackson https://t.co/QNwO46Tfgx
— Sandra Bernhard (@SandraBernhard) April 7, 2022
Disney’s Encanto star John Leguizamo whooped his approval of Judge Jackson’s confirmation.
Historic first! #ketanjibrownjackson #supremecourt woohoo 🙌🏽 pic.twitter.com/EHldsm9P8U
— John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) April 7, 2022
TBS’s Full Frontal with Samantha Bee gushed over Judge Jackson.
Congratulations to Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, who didn’t need to tell us what the definition of a woman is, but instead showed us: by breaking down barriers and achieving your goals, all while having to pretend Ted Cruz doesn’t exist.
— Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (@FullFrontalSamB) April 7, 2022
Paramount Network’s Yellowstone star Piper Perabo echoed Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) by declaring “Happy Ketanji Brown Jackson Day.”
Happy Ketanji Brown Jackson Day 👸🏿 https://t.co/311FNUT59A
— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) April 7, 2022
Star Wars veteran Mark Hamill also gushed his praise.
108 white men.
2 Black men.
1 Latinx woman.
1 Black woman.
Congratulations Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson! 👏👍#HISTORY https://t.co/UYuZ3it9Sq
— Mark Hamill (@MarkHamill) April 7, 2022
Actress Amber Tamblyn declared “today is a good day.”
Today is a good day.#JusticeJackson
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) April 7, 2022
Back to the Future star Lea Thompson thanked GOP senators including Mitt Romney (R-UT) who broke ranks to vote for Judge Jackson’s confirmation.
Thank you #Georgians thank you @MittRomney #SusanCollins #LisaMurkowski https://t.co/MPPwsyPYJ2
— Lea Thompson (@LeaKThompson) April 7, 2022
Seinfeld’s Larry Charles called Thursday’s vote a “glimmer of hope.”
Yes, the world is going to shit and the country is in decline but this is a glimmer of hope. #KentanjiBrownJackson https://t.co/El53bB9x47
— Larry Charles (@larrycharlesism) April 7, 2022
Other stars who praised Judge Jackson include Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Barkin, Lord of the Rings actor Sean Astin, and Bravo’s Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi.
Congratulations to Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson! 👏🏻I couldn’t be more thrilled by the news- change is on its way! #SheWillRise #InKBJWeTrust @sistascotus pic.twitter.com/yZ9EJVJ9RN
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) April 7, 2022
JUSTICE Ketanji Brown Jackson just made history! #Confirmed #InKBJWeTrust pic.twitter.com/IKG2wi9Drx
— Tony Goldwyn (@tonygoldwyn) April 7, 2022
— Sean Astin (@SeanAstin) April 7, 2022
Living history x2 …#JusticeKetanjiBrownJackson https://t.co/buTQnf8Z1R
— Ellen Barkin (@EllenBarkin) April 7, 2022
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) April 7, 2022