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The claim that Hollywood is organizing an anti-Trump strike has been circulating online since he was elected. Fact-checking outlets have debunked versions of the hoax.
There is still no evidence that movie stars are organizing a strike until Trump is removed from office.
Those Trump-hating Hollywood liberals are at it again, according to a fake news article shared on Facebook.
The story, which was published on a website called News Mag on April 3, claims that movie stars like Rosie O’Donnell and George Clooney have organized a strike, until President Donald Trump is removed or voted out of office.
"Portraying Hollywood as ‘the base of the entire current American culture’, the gathering likewise claims to speak for the advantage of ‘all of humankind,’" reads the article, which has been shared in conspiracy theory and pro-Trump Facebook groups.
The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
(Screenshot from NewsMag.pro)
Plenty of Hollywood stars have been outspoken in their criticism of Trump. But there is no evidence entertainment celebrities are organizing a strike until he’s removed from office.
The rumor appears to have stemmed from a January 2017 ad in the New York Times by a group called Refuse Fascism. The group included O’Donnell and called for millions to hold a protest and sign a petition to "create a political crisis that prevents the Trump/Pence fascist regime from consolidating its hold on the governance of society."
Many celebrities signed the petition, but they weren’t calling for a strike. And we could find no evidence to support the latest version of the hoax.
The article is inaccurate. We rate it False.
Factcheck.org, "Hollywood Strike Hoax," May 24, 2017
Fox News, "Hollywood stars react to Trump's acquittal: 'Pure corruption,’" Feb. 5, 2020
Lead Stories, "Fake News: These 4 Celebrities Did NOT Call For 'Total Hollywood Strike' Until Trump Resigns," March 27, 2018
News Mag, "CELEBRITIES CALL FOR ‘TOTAL HOLLYWOOD STRIKE’ UNTIL TRUMP RESIGNS," April 3, 2020
PolitiFact, "Hollywood celebs didn't announce strike if Donald Trump won't resign," Jan. 9, 2018
Refuse Fascism, Ad in the New York Times, Jan. 4, 2017
Refusefascism.org, "Congress Certifies Trump. Growing 1000s Say NO! Vow To STOP Trump/Pence Fascist Regime Before It Starts!" Jan. 6, 2017
Whois.com, accessed April 3, 2020
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