'X-Files' Stars Gillian Anderson And David Duchovny Are The Latest To Take A Knee

They needed no words.

One of the biggest topics of conversation over the weekend, and into this week, has been Donald Trump's criticism of NFL athletes who have chosen to take a knee during the national anthem, inspired by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protest against police brutality.

Some NFL players, and others, have spoken out against Trump's harsh remarks, and publicly taken a knee in solidarity with those who have chosen to protest. That includes X-Files stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, who took a knee in costume as Scully and Mulder on the set of the Fox show's upcoming eleventh season.


Both actors shared a photo of the two of them making the gesture, while linking arms, on their Twitter accounts Monday night, simply captioning it with the hashtags #TheXFiles and #TakeAKnee. 

The tweets have since received tens of thousands of retweets and likes, with many fans replying with their appreciation for the actors for making a statement. "I thought I could not love you guys more than I already did," one user wrote in response.

On the same night Anderson and Duchovny shared their photo, the Dallas Cowboys and the team's owner Jerry Jones knelt together before the anthem in Arizona, where they were playing the Cardinals.

"Our players wanted to make a statement about unity and we wanted to make a statement about equality," Jones said in a news conference, according to the Washington Post, adding, "It was real easy for everybody in our organization to see that the message of unity, the message of equality was getting, if you will, pushed aside or diminished by the controversy."

Several other non-athletes have also taken a knee in response to the recent controversy. Stevie Wonder took both knees over the weekend at the Global Citizens Festival, saying he was doing it "for America," and praying "for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world and our globe."

Pharrell, meanwhile, took a knee at Dave Matthews' Concert for Charlottesville, saying "that's what this flag is for." National anthem singers (Rico LaVelle and Meghan Linsey) at two different games also made the gesture during their performances. Then there was 97-year-old World War II vet John Middlemas, whose grandson shared a photo of him showing his support for protesting players.

This also isn't the first time the X-Files stars have made a statement on Twitter. Gillian Anderson, for example, spoke out against the all-male writing staff on the new season earlier this year, adding that few women were found in the director's chair during the show's previous run.


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