TV Icon And World War II Vet Norman Lear Takes A Knee In Two Powerful Photos On Twitter

This isn't his first time.

In the past week, we've seen many people take a knee in solidarity with the NFL players who were criticized by Donald Trump for protesting police brutality during the national anthem. The latest public figure to lend their support is Norman Lear, the legendary TV producer who also happens to be a World War II veteran.


The 95-year-old — known for producing such classic television series as All in the Family, Good Times, One Day at a Time and The Jeffersons — shared two side-by-side photos of himself on Twitter Wednesday. The first is dated January 1943, and features Lear kneeling in his uniform. The second photo is a new one, featuring Lear in the same pose.

"As a combat vet, I fought Nazis of WWII," Lear wrote to accompany the photos. "Today I #takeaknee, once more, in solidarity w/ my brothers & sisters still fighting 4 equality & justice."

This isn't the only such statement Lear has made over the years. Just last month, he announced that he would not be attending this year's White House reception for the Kennedy Center Honors, citing the Trump administration's proposed cuts to the arts and humanities.

Lear also founded the advocacy group People for the American Way in 1980 to "fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values under attack." His Declare Yourself campaign registered almost 4 million young people to vote, contributing to an unprecedented youth turnout in the 2008 election.

Lear is just one of many public figures who have taken a knee in recent days — and it's not just athletes. Fellow TV icons Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny of The X-Files went viral with their own Twitter photo, and Stevie Wonder took both knees during a recent concert. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee also knelt after delivering a powerful speech on the House floor.

Lear also isn't the only veteran showing support for the NFL protests. A fellow World War II vet, John Middlemas, earned more than 100,000 retweets when his grandson tweeted a photo of him taking a knee, saying that "those kids have every right to protest."

(H/T: The Wrap)


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