Thursday, September 22, 2011

Troy Davis Execution: Celebrity Twitter Reactions

Troy Davis Execution: Celebrity Twitter Reactions

More than 20 years after being convicted of the 1989 murder of Savannah, Ga., police officer Mark MacPhail, Troy Davis was put to death by lethal injection in Georgia at 11:08 p.m. Wednesday. Davis, 42, maintained his innocence up until the end.

"The incident that night was not my fault, I did not have a gun," Davis told MacPhail's family before his execution, according to witnesses. "I did not personally kill your son, father and brother. I am innocent." His final words were: "May God have mercy on your souls; may God bless your souls."

The case drew global attention and sympathy over the years because many supporters felt there was more than a reasonable doubt about Davis' guilt. In fact, Davis' death sentence spurred many celebrities to rally at the last minute to try to sway authorities in Georgia to stay the execution.

Outkast member Big Boi was one of the most vocal of Davis' supporters. He asked his Twitter followers to call the district attorney and judge involved in the case and tell them there's "#toomuchdoubt" about the sentence. Later in the day, Big Boi headed from Atlanta to Jackson, Ga., -- the site of Davis' execution -- to lead a rally against the event and to support Davis' last minute appeal against the death sentence. When Davis was pronounced dead after the failed appeal, Big Boi tweeted, "Just remember we fought til the very end....peace and Blessings."

30 Rock star Alec Baldwin also took to Twitter to express his outrage over the situation. "For all you blood-thirsty right wing trash out there tonight. The point is he may have been innocent. Ya get it now?" he twittered. "Every sensible American is appalled when police officer is killed. But the attendant charges are grave. U don't want 2 kill an innocent man."

After Davis's death was announced, Baldwin reprimanded, "Troy Davis is still dead. The gulf, still contaminated. Fukushima, still radioactive. Iraq, war. #wecraveignorancesowecanshoplikeamericans."

Also among Davis' many celebrity supporters were Sean "Diddy" Combs, Kim Kardashian, Russell Simmons and Gabrielle Union. They took to Twitter to take advantage of the one-hour delay in Davis' execution as the Supreme Court reviewed his case one last time.

"There's still hope! The Supreme Court has delayed Troy Davis's Execution for 1 hour to review his case!!!" Kardashian wrote, encouraging her followers to make their support of Davis known. After his death, she twittered, "Such an injustice!!!! Troy Davis was executed! My prayers are with the Davis Family! #RIPTroyDavis."

Celebs didn't only make their support known over Twitter. Lupe Fiasco addressed the controversial event at his concert Tuesday in Atlanta. He changed some of the lyrics while performing his hit, "Superstar," singing: "Unstrap him from the chair/ Put Troy back in his cage/Unstrap him from the chair/Put Troy back in the A."

Later, on Twitter, Lupe expressed his perspective on the execution. "Honestly I don't know if #TroyDavis was innocent or not. I prayed for his soul regardless," he wrote. "Rest In Peace Troy Davis & Officer Mark MacPhail. And all the innocent civilians killed in illegal wars we fight in the name of justice."


Alexis Bledel Ali Campoverdi Ali Larter Alice Dodd Alicia Keys Alicia Witt

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