Celebrities react on Twitter to Osama Bin Laden's death

With the news that Al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden has been killed by American forces at the leader’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, Twitter has been abuzz with people celebrating the demise of the elusive terrorist who plotted the 9/11 attacks nearly 10 years ago.

“I predict that Osama’s picture will get little more than a smattering of tepid applause on the next Emmy “In Memoriam” reel.” — Seth MacFarlane

“I’m proud of our men and women in uniform. Wherever you are, take a minute to say thank you to one of the brave heroes who serve our country” — Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Does Elton John do a bin laden version of ‘Candle in the Wind’… ‘Like a giant hellish fireball in the wind…’ ” — Adam McKay

“I really hope bin laden didn’t get reincarnated as one of Mariah Carey’s babies. — Jimmy Kimmel

“Wow! They killed the Boogieman! I felt something was in the air tonight! Bin Laden era over! S’next? ?;^•” — Jim Carrey

Need to sleep. Too excited. About Bin Ladan and the cover story of how it happened. He probably Choked on a macaroon. — Judd Apatow


“Somali pirates, Gaddafi’s son, now bin Laden – do NOT f— with Obama, he’s Gangsta!!” — Bill Maher

“No matter how collected Obama is during his speech, he’s hearing LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out” blasting in his head.” — Patton Oswalt

“I know that Osama Bin Laden is dead, but if we could all stop for a minute to consider today’s REAL news I’d very much appreciate it. It is my birthday, I am 26.” — Lily Allen

“What a moment for Obama. What a moment for America. Magnificent address by the President. And magnificent operation. This is his finest hour.” — Piers Morgan

“Everyone is sitting around my living room, mouths agape. Wow, what a night. Thank you, Mr. President, for such an eloquent speech.” — Neil Patrick Harris

Just landed. Watching CNN, what a historical moment in the fight against hatred.” — Lady Gaga

“I am so psyched for our forces who took out OBL. I hope they are feeling as deeply proud of themselves as I’m feeling of them. Go JSOC.” — Elizabeth Banks

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  • etm

    Jimmy Kimmel’s comments is dumb.

    • Liz

      It was funny. I cracked up.

    • Liz Lemon

      And rude. All the celebs who tried to be funny failed, except for Bill Maher.
      BTW, I think The Rock knew this was coming, because he was tweeting about it hours before it was even announced.

      • VinceP

        Because he smelled what Barack was cookin’!

      • Dave

        Bill Maher FAILED worse then all the others!

        Guess it’s all a matter of opinion on what you find funny

      • Please Gaga Shut Up

        Lady Gaga- fight against copycat!

    • Casey

      I thought it was funny, I chuckled.

    • noname

      Lady Gaga, “My new song called Judas sucks and flops. I don care about Osama. Buy Buy…”

    • I just cant

      Jimmy Kimmel is a Genius !!!! LMFAO

    • B

      Your grammar is dumb.

      • etm

        Ever heard of a typo?

        Also, see below.

  • etm


    • Hillar

      “I really hope (Osama) Bin Laden didn’t get reincarnated as one of…….. Mariah Carey’s babies !!!”

  • Jenn

    Lily Allen’s tweet reminds me of the Mommy Jacking posts I see on STFU Parents.

    • RP

      Yes, EXACTLY!
      (Kaitlin said momma. #libya)

      Seriously though, how long until we start seeing FB posts where people are talking about OBL’s death and someone feels the need to make a reply about their kid?

  • jen_s

    I loved Patton Oswalt’s and Elizabeth Banks’ tweets.

  • whatevs

    What a great, collaborative effort this was. Lily Allen’s tweet made me lol.


    I like Lily Allen, but her Tweet are moronic. She needs to think a bit more before posting. News like this should not be coupled with stupid comments like that.

    • TJ

      I’m pretty sure she was joking. I laughed anyways.

    • sara

      yeah. it’s called a joke. and it was funny.

    • Michelle

      Lighten up…it was a joke.

    • rerun

      Paris Hilton’s was not a joke. She was excited to get home to see her pets. Pretty classic.

    • B

      It’s just a tweet, stupid. What are you, 6?

  • Ben

    Bill Maher is a total moron. Obama may have given the order, but the CIA found thus criminal and the Navy actually did the work. The only credit Obama can take is that he didn’t screw up like Carter did trying to rescue the hostages.

    • Ash

      He was in the meetings…he was a part of it, whether you like it or not. He gave the order. Yes, the seals did the hard work, but don’t act like Obama wasn’t a part of this. You’re letting your dislike of him come into this, yet if the mission had failed I’m sure you’d be throwing him under the bus wouldn’t you? Even though you say he had nothing to do with it??

      • whatevs

        While Ben probably isn’t giving enough credit, Bill is also letting his dislike for Bush come into this by giving too much credit.

      • VinceP

        President Obama ABSOLUTELY deserves credit for this. Naturally, he didn’t do it alone, but he gave the final go ahead. That’s why he’s called a LEADER! Leaders don’t do things on their own. They LEAD others.

      • UDMan

        Totally agree with Ash. Kudos to President Obama, the SEALS and the Security Council for showing everyone how it’s done. BTW whatevs, Bill Maher did not mention Bush in his tweet so WTF!

      • Allie

        I like the comment that said he was letting his dislike of Bush give Obama too much credit….hahahaha…..no one even mentioned Bush in defense of President Obama.

        Also, all the right-wingers are quick to say Obama is trying to take too much credit, but it’s not like he was standing on a aircraft carrier with a Mission Accomplished sign and hadn’t actually accomplished anything. He calmly announced the death of OBL and gave credit to the Seal team and intelligence agencies for their tireless work. Seemed pretty classy to me…..for grandstanding examples, see previous administration.

    • BobR

      I agree with Ben

    • jor

      He is our BLACK PRESIDENT, nothing hes does will be enough for some of you idiots.

      • really??

        Really jor?? you really went there with the “black president” comment?? Shameless and even more-stupid

      • VinceP

        I seriously wish people would stop throwing the race card out in every single forum under the sun. Where did this article or any of the comments previous to jor’s mention anything about race at all? Some people are just Hell-bent on seeing a white hood around every corner, which just makes people care less about it.

      • Ryan

        I think Jor was insinuating that some people will not give credit where it’s due simply because Obama is black. And he’s right, underlying some (not all) people’s hatred for Obama is definitely some race issues. No questions asked.

      • David

        Thats it! It must be because he is black! Man, why can’t I get it into my evil bigot head ( me being a bigot because my skin color is white that is)that I am supposed to be the racist one. Once again, my sincerest apologies for your lack of comprehension.

    • j

      Osama was killed by navy SEAL TEAM 6 aka DEVGRU, who are tier one operators. Tier one operators answer directly to the president

    • Liz Lemon

      That order could have meant the difference between life and death. They had been watching this mansion since last August, so Obama could have given the order anytime between then and now. He chose the right time and it played out perfectly. No Americans were killed. And I believe it was reported one civilian was killed in the mansion because they were using her as human shield. This could have gone terribly wrong and all those soldiers could have been killed and Osama could have escaped again.

      • VinceP

        This mission was extremely well-played. President Obama held off on that for just the right amount of time. It totally keeps us from looking like reactionary barbarians. Patience was, in this case, an absolute virtue.

    • Tyger

      @Ben –

      Oh give it up, Junior. If this had happened during the Bush years, you would be singing the praises of what a great CIC he is but because Obama was able to succeed where bush failed, you just can’t accept that. And like Ash, says, if Obama failed you would be the first to blame him. You can go on hating Obama tomorrow. Today, why don’t wear your big girl panties, suck it up and give credit where credit is due instead of acting like a petulant, sucky little baby.

      • Tyger

        this was obviously posted in the wrong spot…

    • B

      Ben, the title is Commander in Chief. You know you would’ve been gushing over Bush if the same thing happened during his term.

    • topazbean

      Bear in mind Obama actually ordered the hunt of Bin Laden be made a priority again at the start of his presidency.

  • Wynter

    I think Adam Levine tweeted something very profound about this, saying “I feel a sense of RELIEF as opposed to a sense of JOY.”

    • Zazazing

      Bless Adam Levine then. Even though Bin Laden was evil and deserved to be punished, it feels very weird to me to hear people talk about celebrating killing.

      • Liz

        This is my thought as well. I can’t believe people are celebrating in the streets over the death of a man. Guess not all life is sacred eh?

      • Aaron

        I understand what you are saying, but this is a man who celebrated, along with his cohorts, the deaths of thousands of Americans on 9/11. I am happy that a man who had absolutely no love or respect for life can no longer spread his terror…

      • Wynter

        As you said, he celebrated the deaths of those men, women, and children. I don’t know if we should celebrate in kind, putting ourselves at that level, even if there are differences.

        I think all eyes could be on America now, seeing how we follow through. I’d rather send the message of relief that this is behind us and we can bring our people home.

        While I hope we are more united as a country from this, I just wish it was a united breath of fresh air and a better sense of peace instead of a fist pump because someone was killed.

      • topazbean

        It’s what his death symbolises that people are celebrating – the end of a chapter in our history.

      • Allie

        It’s actually more like college students during finals wanting an excuse to party…..didn’t see many real grown ups out in the middle of the night chanting. I’m sure plenty of people visited ground zero the following day, but the flow of people in front of the White House were college kids who were barely out of kindergarten in 2001…..I think it was a bit oppurtunistic and didn’t show much class as Americans.

  • hi

    Credit goes to Bush…this whole war on terror wouldn’t have even started if he didn’t have the B#lls to make the call. It took years to finally manifest but it came to manifestation b/c he started it. I’m glad that even after Obama’s promises to end the war, he’s continued the effort. It’s easy to make promises, it’s another thing entirely to sit across from the service men delivering highly classified material that you never had access to while making said promises. No one understands the decisions like them men who gave the information that led to those decisions.

    I agree that Obama shares this victory, but Bush shouldn’t be forgotten either. It’s b/c of him we’re even fighting this evil.

    • TC

      totally agree!!

    • Aye

      It’s also because of Bush that our economy is in the toilet. Do you give hime credit for that too?

      • Dave

        AYE, the fall may have come under Bush, but the reason behind the fall ALL started under Clinton. Look up the repeal of Glass Segal and what it did to the banks that caused the crisis. Look up how under Clinton the Republican wanted more oversight for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, how Clinton and his party crushed that effort…

        Where were the major failures???

        Oh and you can say Obama started the recovery, but MUCH of the funding and the monies that went to get companies strong again was pledged under Bush, but went out under Obama…

    • Sally

      President Bush did respond after 9/11 in the correct way. But do you really think any one else would have done any differently? Did not matter who was in office at that time, the war on terror was going to start on 9/12.

      • Alex

        I completely agree with Sally. I can’t imagine any president acting in a different way than Bush did.

    • Icicle

      You’re right that none of this would’ve happened without Bush. If it weren’t for his crazed fixation on Saddam Hussein and Iraq, we would’ve caught Bin Laden a lot sooner, and maybe we would’ve also obliterated Al Quaeda and The Taliban and pulled out of Afghanistan sooner as well. And our economy’s downfall wouldn’t have been exacerbated by having a chunk of our budget spent on not one, but TWO wars. Yeah, thanks a lot Bush! We wouldn’t be in the crapper without you!

    • Photocopy This Way

      Sorry, but so far nothing has been said about Bush being involved in orchestrating this. So he deserves ZERO credit, apart from creating the necessity to do this, as Icicle pointed out. Besides, if this turned out to be a failure, you sure as hell wouldn’t be crediting Bush whatsoever. I dare you to prove me wrong on that.

    • UDMan

      @hi: You’ve got to be kidding; credit to Bush?. You mean the same guy who lied to us and took us off target into Iraq because of some ‘Daddy issues’. The same guy who’s testes shriveled for several minutes on the morning of 9/11 while we were under attack? Are you serious!?!

  • nvwls

    Rosie O’Donnell did something very interesting with her twitter: she retweeted the various reactions of her followers without making her own comments. It was really compelling to see the spectrum of feeling.

    • Aaron

      And then she ate her computer.

      • Bill Gates

        I hope it was an Apple!

  • Ben

    Sounds like an ordinary night over at the Neil Patrick Harris house.

    • Ryan


  • Qpaczone

    America kill and destroy whonever you want but oneday u’ll face the consequences for such action.

    • mousie

      Qpaczone,we already have, 9/11. Bin Laden struck at civilians, and then gloated about it, because he disliked foreign policy,that was what singled him out as evil and put a price on his head, not American whimsy.

    • B

      Thank you, Dr. Evil. MUAHAHAHAHAHA!!

  • JP

    Spot on for the Rock HOO RA!!!

  • Wondering

    Nothing from the Donald?
    I love the picture going around the internet of Obama with this quote: “Sorry I took so long getting you a copy of my birth certificate — I was busy killing Osama bin Laden.”

    • PR

      please obama did not do any of the work. the guy has no idea how to run a mission. this is all general McChrystal. he is the one who deserves all the credit, not obama.

      • True Blue

        General McCrystal was fired LONG before the mission was even planned or thought of, dumb@ss. But continue letting your blind hatred of Obama distort the facts.

    • David

      Oh did it take every day for 3 years in office to kill Bin Laden? I figured that if he had the birth certificate, he would have maybe, ya know as the President, asked someone to show it for him. Or better yet, not spent 1 million dollars in legal fees to not produce it for 3 years. but, no no, good quote.

      • Allie

        Oh David. Obama took office in January 2009…..pretty long cry from 3 years, but ok.

  • PR

    celebrities are stuck up liberals. cant stand them.

    • Joe

      PRs are whiney conservatives. Can’t stand them.

      • harry


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