Hollywood star Rosanna Arquette just said she will take a knee in protest of the national anthem and U.S. flag “for the rest of my life.” This comes after Gwen Berry turned her back as “The Star-Spangled Banner” played during the U.S. Olympic track and field trials.
Arquette said: I don’t know about you but if the flag and star spangled banner comes around me I kneel in solidarity and will for the rest of my life. I’ll never stand for the flag again.”
Yeonmi Park, a human rights activist who escaped North Korea, was not so kind to Berry and said Berry’s actions were “unthinkable.” “If she did the exact same thing at this very moment, if she was North Korean, not only herself will be executed, also eight generations of her family can be sent to political prison camp and execution.”
“If you know your history, you know the full song of the national anthem, the third paragraph speaks to slaves in America, our blood being slain…all over the floor,” Berry said trying to defend herself. “It’s disrespectful and it does not speak for Black Americans. It’s obvious. There’s no question.”
Park said of Berry’s comments.
“I was a slave. I was sold in China in 2007 as a child at 13 years old. The people actually called slavery under the Chinese Communist Party in North Korea. There is actual injustice.”
Park added: “And the fact that she’s complaining about this country, the most tolerant country, she doesn’t really understand history”
“In North Korea, people who are actually oppressed don’t even know they’re oppressed. The fact that she’s complaining about oppression and systemic racism – she does not understand that she’s so privileged.
“There are people dying to come to America at this very moment. I just hope they go to North Korea, China and see how humans are being oppressed. And they will truly understand how valuable the freedom that we have is.”
I’ll never stand for the flag again. pic.twitter.com/xEsoYgwwJA— ✌🏼rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) August 6, 2019
I don’t know about you but if the flag and star spangled banner comes around me I kneel in solidarity and will for the rest of my life— ✌🏼rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) June 29, 2021
Great, from @piersmorgan:— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 30, 2021
“‘I felt like they did it on purpose,' she moaned.
You think the people running a complex operation like the US Olympic trials…had nothing better to do than secretly plot to annoy u, the 3d best at the Hammer?” https://t.co/YTfDTm0lMD