Viola Davis, Kirstie Alley, more react to verdict in Ahmaud Arbery case

A jury found Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. guilty of multiple counts of felony murder in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed Black man who was gunned down while jogging in Brunswick, Georgia, in 2020. The case stoked racial tension throughout the country. All three men, who are white, now face a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. On the heels of the verdict — the second high-profile verdict in as many weeks — many in Hollywood reacted largely with happiness.. Viola Davis, for instance, tweeted a message to Ahmaud’s mom. “As it should be. To Wanda….Ahmaud Arbery’s mother….. your son mattered. His life mattered. I pray this brings you a tiny shred of peace,” she wrote. “To the jurors…..huge gratitude for doing right. The pendulum of justice swung in the right direction!” Click through to see how others are reacting…

“It’s so gratifying to see justice being served.” —Kathy Griffin

“Bye b****** have fun in prison” –Diane Warren

“2nd good court decision in two weeks .. hallelujah. Ahmaud Arbery and Kyle Rittenhouse. KEEP EM COMIN” –Kirstie Alley

“Justice.” –Jameela Jamil

“even when it works out there is still an empty feeling.” –Questlove

Responding to Questlove, Erika Christensen wrote, “But it’s still so very much different — better — than when it goes the other way. Whewwww.”

“HUGE! White Supremacy found guilty!!” –Rob Reiner

“Grateful to the McMichael jury who actually found murderers guilty of murder.” –Richard Marx

“A modicum of justice after a horrific act of violence.” –Dan Rather

“Ahmaud Arbery’s killing – witnessed by the world on video – is a devastating reminder of how far we have to go in the fight for racial justice in this country. Mr. Arbery should be here today, celebrating the holidays with his mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, and his father, Marcus Arbery. Nothing can bring Mr. Arbery back to his family and to his community, but the verdict ensures that those who committed this horrible crime will be punished.

While the guilty verdicts reflect our justice system doing its job, that alone is not enough. Instead, we must recommit ourselves to building a future of unity and shared strength, where no one fears violence because of the color of their skin. My administration will continue to do the hard work to ensure that equal justice under law is not just a phrase emblazoned in stone above the Supreme Court, but a reality for all Americans.” –Joe Biden

“Sick animals. Father & Son sick f****!!!! They look so harmless in glasses and suits right? #ahmaudarbery” –Michael Rapaport

“guilty on all counts” —Samantha Ronson

“As you digest the guilty verdict of Ahmaud Arbery’s murderers remember, this is not justice, but accountability. Justice implies true restoration, which is impossible in this case, but this is accountability which is the first step towards justice. #AhmaudArbery” –Emmanuel Acho

“Praise God for some justice. Ahmaud Arbery, may you rest in power.” –Jackee Harry

“A well argued case by a really good prosecutor, plus crimes that were clear as day, and I cannot stress enough, how important the message this jury has sent is. They have nullified an unjust and now repealed pro-lynching law. And they have restored at least some faith in justice. And a really important note: the blatantly racist tactics of the defense did not work on a nearly all-white jury. The defense chose moral violence; the jury chose to follow the law. The prosecutor in this case should receive awards.” –Joy Reid

“The 3 men who killed #AhmaudArbery has been found guilty! Walking out of the courthouse with the parents of Ahmaud Arbery, their family, and their lawyers. All glory be to God” –Rev. Al Sharpton

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