Sir Ian McKellen's Sign At Women's March Sums Up Message Of Protest In Trump Era
We all know that Sir Ian McKellen is committed to the causes he cares about and, though equal rights for homosexuals are on top of his list, so are equal rights for everyone.
That is why it was no surprise that the English actor showed up at the Women's March in London on Jan. 21 and expressed his displeasure at the Trump Presidency in a way only he can: with wit and creativity.
That Classic Facepalm Meme
Sir Ian McKellen was seen by one of the protesters carrying a sign showcasing the exasperated face of his dear friend, Sir Patrick Stewart, in his notable Star Trek role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
Yes, it is indeed the Captain Picard facepalm meme, showing how, just like the women he stood and marched with, McKellen is also fed up with the new U.S. president's antics and less than knowledgeable remarks.
The X-Men and Lord of the Rings actor was seen by one of the protesters as he held up the sign. She posted the photo on her Twitter account. The post was quickly picked up and shared in the Twitterverse and, of course, soon made its way around the web.
President Breaking Wind
Later that same day, McKellen wrote a message of solidarity and tweeted it along with the photo. In the message, he clarified that he was not the one who made the sign but that he found the Captain Picard meme sign in Trafalgar Square, along with many other creative ones.
It is no wonder that McKellen participated in the Women's March. After all, some of President Trump's first actions attacked issues he cared deeply about such as the LGBTQ+ community, gender equality, and education for all.
"President Breaking Wind has impacted us all; and personally. Some like him, think they can identify with him, believe him because they've seen him on television perhaps and think the billionaire and his billionaire team are truly their friends. The rest of us, including the majority of voters in the USA, see through the charade," he said in his statement.
For those who believe President Trump should be given a chance, McKellen reminded everyone that the president had already removed "LGBTQ people, climate change and state funding of the arts."
You can read the full statement from the Tweet below.
The Women’s March in London was the longest I have been on. See the rest of my message attached. pic.twitter.com/q7QC4Jvg0S
— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) January 22, 2017
Still, it is no wonder he chose to hold up the meme since he is very good friends with Stewart who not only plays Professor Charles Xavier to McKellen's Magneto in X-Men, but who also shares his sentiment with regard to gender equality.
I pledge to do everything I can to end violence against women and girls. Join me & donate to @UNTrustFundEVAW https://t.co/bsxXfePdme #UNTF pic.twitter.com/yBLMVPj5Y8 — Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) November 17, 2016
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) November 26, 2016
Not to mention Stewart also seems appalled at the new U.S. president's ideas and way of handling things.
I found this morning's press conference profoundly disturbing. https://t.co/SfFg6bNb4P — Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) January 11, 2017
We're pretty sure Stewart is happy about McKellen's perfect use of the Jean-Luc Picard facepalm meme.