In the days following the election of Donald Trump as president, a number of hate crimes and incidents of hate speech have occurred throughout the country. As it turns out, celebrities are not immune to this type of frightening behavior.
On Sunday morning, “Shameless” star Emmy Rossum slammed Trump supporters who she claimed sent her messages “threatening to send me & my ‘ilk’ to the gas chambers.”
Rossum called the trolls’ threats “disgusting & offensive” before telling them to back off. The Huffington Post has reached out to a representative for Rossum for further comment; we have also reached out to Twitter for more information about the tweets and whether any action has been taken.
Earlier in the week, Rossum, a Hillary Clinton supporter, tweeted about her sadness with the outcome of this election, noting, “it feels personal to so many.”
Rossum isn’t the first star to face hate in the wake of this week’s events. “Silicon Valley” actors Kumail Nanjiani and Thomas Middleditch came face-to-face with some disapproving Trump supporters at a bar on Friday night. The Trump fans called them “cucks” (the term, short for “cuckservative,” is used to disparage those who sympathize with liberal values or anyone who is anti-Trump.)
Nanjiani, a Pakistani-American comedian, said he was luckily spared from a violent altercation, but noted that others may not have not been so lucky.
“We can’t let hate/racism/bigotry/sexism be normalized. If something happens, be safe, but let it be known we won’t stand for this,” Nanjiani wrote on Twitter.