In the heat of the US presidential elections, deeply rooted Democrat celebrities campaigned passionately for Hillary Clinton, and vowed to leave the US for overseas should Donald Trump win.
Now that their worst nightmare has happened, with the bombastic billionaire’s shocking victory on Tuesday night (Wednesday afternoon in Manila), American netizens are urging the Hollywood bigwigs to packing their bags.
“They’re your problem now, Canada!” blasted tweets in jest.
Now who exactly are these famous personalities who should be getting one-way tickets before President-Elect Trump takes his oath of office in January?
Topping the list of Clinton’s showbiz supporters is music and screen icon Barbra Streisand who hit the campaign trail hard for Clinton. Ready to jump ship if candidate lost, she said she would decide between moving to Australia and Canada if Trump takes office.
Lena Dunham, one of the most active celebrity supporters of the Secretary of State also declared she would migrate to Canada if former reality show host wins: “I know a lovely place in Vancouver, and I can get my work done from there.”
While promoting The Hateful Eight, Samuel L. Jackson told late night show host Jimmy Kimmel that in the wake of a Trump victory he would “move my black ass to South Africa.”
The Super Tuesday result also left Miley Cyrus distraught. She hasn’t said where she’ll go, but promised on Instagram, “I am moving if this is my president! I don’t say things I don’t mean!”
The ever vocal Whoopi Goldberg had meanwhile said, “When they just use a blanket statement to talk about black people or when they use a blanket statement to talk about white people or women or any other group—I don’t think that’s America. I don’t want it to be America. Maybe it’s time for me to move.”
Eddie Griffin was previously quoted: “If Trump wins, I’m moving to Africa. If he wants to build a wall to keep Mexicans out, I know what the f— he feel about a n—.”
As to where she might go following a Trump victory, Amy Schumer told the BBC, “My act will change because I’ll need to learn to speak Spanish because I will move to Spain, or somewhere. It’s beyond my comprehension if Trump wins. It’s too crazy.”
Cher, who has a history of feuding with Trump even before he announced his candidacy, said long before she “will move to Jupiter” even if he attempts to be president. Now she can board a spaceship with Jon Stewart who joked to People Magazine he “would consider getting in a rocket [ship]and going to another planet, because clearly this planet’s gone bonkers.”
Even before Trump won his party’s nomination, Raven-Symoné promised on The View that she would leave for Canada if any Republican were elected: “I literally bought my ticket, I swear.”
While Natasha Lyonne has no plans to leave the US, she told Starz might check herself into a mental hospital.
George Lopez told TMZ that he would move south of the border if Trump won, and that other Latinos would come with him: “If he wins, he won’t have to worry about immigration; we’ll all go back.”
Al Sharpton said in February that he had “reserved his ticket” to leave if Trump won and that he would support anyone necessary to beat him.
House Of Cards star Neve Campbell is a natural-born Canadian citizen, so for her moving to another country is easy, and she added she is ready to do it.
Chelsea Handler told Kelly Ripa on Live! that her plans to move aren’t just words. She has already bought a house in Spain and is ready to go if necessary.
In the final days of the campaign, Bryan Cranston added his name to the exodus list, saying, “I would definitely move. It’s not real to me that that would happen. I hope to God it won’t.”
Rounding up the list, Chloe Sevigny, said she would move to Nova Scotia; Elizabeth Moss, to Italy; Kathryn Hahn to Iceland; Lily Rose Depp to France. Gabrielle Union to the Bahamas; Zosia Mamet to Siberia; Omari Hardwick to Italy; and model-socialite-entrepreneur Amber Rose to Canada.
But some threats to leave America are a bit more tongue-in-cheek. Take Spike Lee, who vowed to react to a Trump victory by “moving back to the republic of Brooklyn.”
Exactly six months ago, there were also prominent Filipinos who said they would leave the Philippines should Davao City Rodrigo Duterte win the presidency. Now into his fifth month as President, however, they are still very much around.
Presumably too, there will be no such major exodus from the United States what with Clinton herself accepting the results, and President Barrack Obama echoing his successor’s call for national unity.
Clearly, the habit of giving threats and ultimatums—and leaving them as such—transcends race and culture. Much like that of Senator Benigno Aquino 3rd who declared he’ll let a train run over him ["Magpasagasa ako sa tren”] if former DOTC Secretary Emilio Abaya doesn’t get the LRT project to Cavite done during his Uncle Noy’s presidency.
Sources: TheWrap.com, Toronto Sun and SFGate