On Sunday night, celebrities and regular citizens alike celebrated the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who orchestrated the September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed thousands of innocent Americans. Though the war on terror is far from over, May 1 provided a sense of hope for the country and world. Hollywood stars like Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen aren’t known for their political involvement, but they demonstrated pride for the U.S. upon learning of UBL’s killing. As a reminder that entertainers aren’t all about Tinseltown, check out our compilation of celebrity reactions to Sunday’s big news.
Professional train-wreck and former “Two and a Half Men” actor Charlie Sheen made use of his “winning” catchphrase to express his relief about Sunday’s news regarding UBL. “Dead or Alive. WE PREFER DEAD! Well done SEAL team! AMERICA: #WINNING that’s how we roll…. c,” Sheen tweeted on Monday.
Former playmate Holly Madison tweeted on Sunday that she wanted more details on the situation, “Wow! I can’t wait to hear how they found Bin Laden! I need some NEWS backstage!”
Meanwhile, Madison’s former boyfriend Hugh Hefner partied it up at his infamous Playboy mansion. Early Monday morning, the skin magazine owner tweeted, “Celebrating at the Mansion with the news of the death of Osama Bin Laden. Will this end terrorist attacks or increase them?”
“American Beauty” actress Mena Suvari didn’t mince words on UBL’s fate, having tweeted, “Karma’s a bitch; and sometimes a bullet in the head #binladendead.”
Rachel Uchitel, who lost her fiance Andy O’Grady on 9/11 and reportedly hooked up with golfer Tiger Woods in 2009, told TMZ on Sunday that justice had been served.
“This is the biggest news we have received as a country in almost 10 years. Now we Americans finally have justice and maybe we can all sleep just a bit better at night,” Uchitel said. “Andy would be so honored to know he’s part of history as an American hero for his sacrifice on that day. He’s celebrating for sure right now with all those he died with and that makes me so happy.”
“Knocked Up” director Judd Apatow couldn’t contain his excitement late Sunday night, having tweeted, “Need to sleep. Too excited. About Bin Ladan and the cover story of how it happened. He probably Choked on a macaroon.”
Comedienne Kathy Griffin, who has performed for troops, bowed down to the military with her Sunday evening tweet, “To our servicemen & women. U know where 2 find me. I’m forever ur girl. @vetTix @AmericasVetDogs @IAVA.”
“California Gurls” singer Katy Perry wasn’t too sure the perishing of UBL was something to celebrate. The pop sensation tweeted on Sunday,” I believe in justice… but don’t u think that an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind? ☹ #revolutioncomesthroughlove #worldpeace.”
An hour later, she published a follow-up tweet to clarify her opinion on the matter, “…But in general (& then after this I’ll go back to being an opinion less popstar) It is a GREAT day 4 America & I’m PROUD 2 b an American!”
Grammy Award winner Lada Gaga tweeted late Sunday evening that the U.S was tackling hatred before her eyes, “Just landed. Watching CNN, what a historical moment in the fight against hatred.”
British television host Piers Morgan was just as delighted about this victory as U.S. citizens, having tweeted on Sunday, “Kudos to the Navy Seals who planned and executed this extraordinary mission. One of the great covert operations in modern military history.”