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Kim Kardashian, Jessica Chastain and Amanda Gorman were among the famous faces expressing concern at US Independence Day celebrations amid recent abortion rights controversies and mass shootings.

n Chicago at least six people were killed and dozens more injured at the July 4 parade and an active gunman was also reported in Philadelphia.

Sharing a new poem parodying the lyrics of the US national anthem, Gorman, the poet famous after her performance at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, wrote on Twitter: “O drunk we can see, by Gone’s early flight.

“We have failed because of the dazzling past of the bright light, the scars and the streaks of the scars, through the perilous circumstances.

“Our wan hearts we watched, stirred and bravely shouted.

“And the terrified gaze of the rifle, the bullets exploding in the air, Show us the truth that our flag is not spared.

“Who say that scarred banner will save our land of the free and the homeland of the brave?”

Actress Rachel Brosnahan, from Highland Park in Chicago, said she felt “stomach upset” following the news of the mass shooting in her hometown.

It follows similar incidents over the past few months around the country, including in New York’s Buffalo, in Tulsa, Oklahoma and in Uvalde in Texas.

There has also been backlash to the US Supreme Court’s decision to end the country’s constitutional right to abortion by overturning the historic Roe v Wade verdict.

Kardashian retweeted a post to her Instagram story that read: “July 4 canceled due to lack of Independence. Sincerely, ladies” and added a hand emoji pointed to emphasize the statement.

Oscar-winning actress Jessica Chastain also tweeted sarcastically, posting a picture of herself with her middle finger.

“Happy Independence Day from me and my reproductive rights,” she wrote.

Perry, who released the hit pop song Firework in 2010, wrote on Twitter: “‘Baby You’re a firework’ is 10 but women in America have less rights than an actual fireworker.”

Sharing a sinister black-and-white video of a woman being dragged away by armed bodyguards, Madonna called for “a revolution”.

“This is what life would be like if you were a woman in America,” she wrote.

“It’s not Independence Day for us. Let’s start a revolution!”

Oscar-winning artist and producer Finneas, brother of Billie Eilish, writes: “July 4 is my favorite day of the year.

“However, it is uncertain whether this year will be anything to celebrate.”

Many celebrities have condemned the reversal of the landmark 1973 ruling including Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo and Lily Allen.

During the recent Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, several artists criticized the decision including Phoebe Bridgers, Lorde and actor Kendrick Lamar.

https://www.independent.ie/news/celebrities-decry-independence-day-revelry-amid-gun-and-abortion-controversies-41814073.html Celebrities decry Independence Day fun amid gun and abortion controversies

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