Celebrities join scathing sea of protest against Donald Trump

Celebrities have spoken out against US President Donald Trump in the wake of his harsh words about 'disrespectful' NFL stars.

They join the wave of protests reignited across United States sports fields after Mr Trump called for players who protest the national anthem to be fired.

Mr Trump lashed out at the "son of a bitch" protesting players during a speech in Alabama on Friday night (local time) and on Twitter.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He's fired. He's fired!'"

Now celebrities both in the US and across the world are calling out the president.

Legendary musician Stevie Wonder took both knees at a New York music festival, seemingly in solidarity with the players.

"Tonight, I'm taking a knee for America; but not just one knee, I'm taking both knees," he said on stage Saturday before his performance at the Global Citizens Festival.

"Both knees in prayer for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world and our globe. Amen..."

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23:  Stevie Wonder and Kwame Morris perform onstage during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival: For Freedom. For Justice. For All. in Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
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Hip hop star Jay Z also condemned the president in an interview with BBC Radio 1, refusing even to call Mr Trump by name.

"This guy, I'm looking at him like, man, this is a joke, with all... I can't even say with all due respect. With all disrespect," the '99 Problems' singer said.

"I just think that, you, he's not a very sophisticated man, especially when it comes to the idea know of 'until everyone is free, no one is free.' Period. That's just a fact. We are all linked some kind of way. So if you oppress a certain people, everyone is in danger. That's just ... karmically and in real life.

"If I'm being oppressed and you have this big, nice mansion with all this, I'm coming inside there."

Fellow rap artist Sean 'Diddy' Combs also chipped in on Twitter.

"It has nothing to do with football or business," the music mogul wrote on Saturday (local time). "Ya'll are our stars, you represent us. Ya'll are our strong heroes ... show that strength please."

Other celebrities also weighed in, including Ugly Betty actress America Ferrara and House's Olivia Wilde.

In an interview with Daily Beast, Suburbicon actor George Clooney hit out  at other frequent rants Mr Trump made criticising the so-called "coastal elite" in a scathing rant, telling the president: "F*** you."

"I grew up in Kentucky. I sold insurance door-to-door. I sold ladies' shoes. I worked at an all-night liquor store," he said.

"So this idea that I'm somehow the 'Hollywood elite' and this guy who takes a shit in a gold toilet is somehow the man of the people is laughable."

Taking a further swipe at the former businessman's lavish lifestyle, the 56-year-old actor added: "Who lives in a bigger bubble? He lives in a gold tower".

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