Here's What Artists Are Saying About the Painful Brexit Decision

J. K. Rowling has never "wanted magic more."

by Francesca Capossela
Jun 24 2016, 3:20pm

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Selfish fear and hate won last night in the UK's monumental decision to exit the European Union. An intrepid majority of voters expected to die within the next 20 years took the future into their wringed, retirement-softened hands, undoubtedly changing the course of Western history for the worse. Now, the world watches what happens when public policy is piloted by a real-life Muppet with People Eyes, a thrilling omen for the Nov. 7 elections here in the God-blessed USA: global markets are skewered, David Cameron resigns in shame, and the pound plunges while gold gains at an all-time high.

Ever the bellwethers for this kind of upheaval, artists have taken to social media to voice their thoughts on the referendum. As you read their words below, meditate on a re-making world where opportunity and mobility, both social and physical, aren't at the whim of those who want it least.

Beau Willimon, the playwright and screenwriter behind Netflix’s House of Cards, took to Twitter to express his frustration and urge American voters to make a better decision in November:

Dev Hynes, the London-born singer and songwriter behind Blood Orange, tweeted about the “heart breaking” decision


Singer and activist Billy Bragg spoke on the grim prospects for the future:


British singer Lily Allen expressed her anger through humor:

Irish singer/songwriter Sinead O’Connor celebrated Ireland’s newfound distance in a Facebook post:

London-born rapper Stormzy declared his intention to replace David Cameron. Twitter's into it


J.K Rowling expressed her devastation:  


Mark Haddon, the British author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, called out the racism and elitism behind the decision:


British girl-band Little Mix posted a chart demonstrating the factor of age in the vote:


Hamilton deity Lin-Manuel Miranda offered wise words:


British Comedian and actor James Corden full-on apologized:

And British indie rock band Bastille changed the lyrics to their hit song ‘Pompeii’ while performing at Glastonbury:


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