Back in September, my colleague Catherine Dunn published this nice compilation of 23 celebrities who said they would be leaving the country if Donald Trump were elected president. Given that Trump was indeed elected president and will be inaugurated on Friday, I thought it would be prudent to check in and see if any of these celebrities had stayed true to their word.
It's time to find out: have they decided that America is actually already pretty great?
1. Jon Stewart
Where was he headed? Another planet.
Where is he now? Still on earth.
2. Chelsea Handler
Where was she headed? Spain. (Kudos for the originality, Chelsea.)
Where is she now? Still in the U-S-of-A. Shortly after the election, Handler backed out of moving. She's currently filming season 2 of her show for Netflix.
3. Neve Campbell
Where was she headed? Canada. (She's a Canadian native and a Canadian citizen.)
Where is she now? Still in the United States. On Thanksgiving, she posted a message on Instagram imploring people to try to see eye-to-eye despite the divisive times.
Happy thanksgiving to all from a visit in Canada. Still very proud to have the honor of living in America. I just pray that we can all try to come together and see eye to eye as best we can. UNITED States of America. It's important we remember this. It's been hard for us all. I wish nothing but the best for our country. Sending love to all in these times of diversity.
4. Barry Diller
Where was he headed? "Out of the country."
Where is he now? Diller appears to still be in the United States.
5. Lena Dunham
Where was she headed? Vancouver.
Where is she now? The United States, and posting a ton of rainbows on Instagram to cope with the upcoming inauguration.
This week I've been thinking a lot about rainbows. No, I haven't suddenly started dropping heroic doses of acid or become a tween raver or started a greeting card company- all dreams for my future. I just love what rainbows represent politically (radical inclusivity and love no matter what) and in our lives (they appear after a storm and remind us of something bigger than ourselves.) Until the inauguration all my instagrams will be rainbows- I can't call it a political action, just an action that soothes me and reminds me what we're fighting for. Today is Saturday, shabbat, cozy-ville so a rainbow of bedrooms it is ??
6. Keegan-Michael Key
Where was he headed? Canada.
Where is he now? Not Canada.
7. Chloë Sevigny
Where was she headed? Nova Scotia.
Where is she now? She appears to still be in the USA and has quite a few movies coming out in 2017.
8. Al Sharpton
Where was he headed? "Out of here."
Where is he now? Given that he'll be appearing at a protest on Thursday, I'm going to say he's still living in the U.S.
9. Natasha Lyonne
Where was she headed? A mental hospital.
Where is she now? ...not a mental hospital. (According to her Twitter, she's in the U.K.)
10. Eddie Griffin
Where was he headed? Africa.
Where is he now? Baltimore.
11. Spike Lee
Where was he headed? Brooklyn.
Where is he now? Brooklyn!
12. Amber Rose
Where was she headed? "Out!"
Where is she now? USA.
13. Samuel L. Jackson
Where was he headed? South Africa.
Where is he now? Not entirely sure, but these tweets don't look like someone who is leaving any time soon. (language warning)
The Last Time I survived Jim Crow I was Poor, guess what MOTHERFUCKERS.. Not This Time!! Enjoy your newfound win,Bigly!!— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) November 11, 2016
Why y'all so anxious for me to leave?! I pay More Taxes than All U Trumpafukkaz... Him too!!— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) November 14, 2016
Where was she headed? Jupiter.
Where is she now? Not Jupiter. (She'll be partaking in the Women's March on Washington.)
15. George Lopez
Where was he headed? Mexico.
Where is he now? He's got tour dates throughout the U.S. for most of 2017.
16. Barbra Streisand
Where was she headed? Australia or Canada.
Where is she now? She does not appear to have moved to either Australia or Canada.
Where was she headed? Canada, and she had already purchased tickets.
Where is she now? She's still in the United States.
18. Whoopi Goldberg
Where was she headed? Somewhere that's not the United States.
Where is she now? Goldberg is still in the U.S. and will be heading to Walt Disney World this March to film episodes of The View.
19. Omari Hardwick
Where was she headed? Italy.
Where is she now? His Twitter bio says he's "currently in New York."
20. Miley Cyrus
Where was she headed? Anywhere, "leaving."
Where is she now? California. To Cyrus' credit, she posted a picture on Instagram after Trump's victory saying that it was important to be "accepting" of his presidency to help unify the country.
Go to my Facebook to see a video of my reaction & reflection on last nights election .... If we want Donald Trump to accept us .... We must be accepting towards his presidency & his promise to "unify" our country and "make America great" .... I leave out the "again" because this country has never been able to live up to its full potential because we've been putting up our own divided walls between each other. We don't need Trump to do that for us.... So WE must take a hammer to the bricks WE built up and be more LOVING and compassionate towards all living things! (including the planet) (p.s. Mr. Elected president..... Global warming IS real. ACCEPT THAT)
21. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Where was she headed? New Zealand.
Where is she now? Still on the bench of the United States Supreme Court.
22. Amy Schumer
Where was she headed? Spain.
Where is she now? America. She now says that her threat to move to Spain was a joke.
23. Katie Hopkins
Where was she headed? The USA. (She's British.)
Where is she now? Still in the U.K.
In sum: It looks as though most people are just talk.