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As America becomes the butt of its own joke within the international community, it's pretty clear that at this point, patriots at home and abroad are either celebrating or feeling full of despair. 

The race to the White House has felt longer and more divisive than ever before but now that the Great Sh*t Show of 2016 has reached its climax, the American people can look forward to Inauguration Day on January 20th, when they'll have either moved to Canada or purchased a copy of Russian for Beginners.

Scroll right through our gallery above to see how celebrities - not the lame ones like Tila Tequila or Kirstie Alley - are reacting to news of Trump's victory.

Considering that the majority of you were likely to have stayed up to watch the drama unfold, a play-by-play of last night's events aren't necessary. 

Trump's victory speech - which you can watch in full in the video above - saw him offer commiserations to Hillary Clinton and her family, thank his supporters, and pledge to be a president for "all of Americans" from "all races, religions, backgrounds, and beliefs..."

Perhaps concerned about the divide within the country, Trump's victory speech made no mention of the wall he intended to have built along America's southern border that he wants to Mexico to pay for. The Donald also politely refrained from any "locker-room talk" and mentions of "p*ssy grabbing." 

Given that Trump's campaign for the presidency was fuelled by anti-establishment anger, can his administration really give the people what he promised? 

As Michael Moore put it in his recent documentary Michael Moore in TrumpLand, "When the rightfully angry people of Ohio and Michigan and Pennsylvania and Wisconsin find out after a few months in office that President Trump wasn't going to do a damn thing for them, it'll be too late to do anything about it."

Several important issues hang in the balance: Do #BlackLivesMatter to Trump? Will there be mass deportations? If not, what will be the extent of the potentially violent uproar among gun toting, die-hard Trump supporters should he fail to deliver? Who will move to Canada first, Miley Cyrus or Lena Dunham? And lastly, WHEN WILL WE SMASH THE GLASS CEILING? 

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On Monday, Ellen DeGeneres shared a photoshopped image of herself on the back of gold medal winner Usain Bolt who smiled as he took the lead in the men's 100-meter race at the Rio Olympics captioned, "This is how I'm running errands from now on."

The meme was met with backlash on Twitter where DeGeneres posted the image with some calling out the talk show host for being "offensive" and "racist" while others came to her defence.

Ellen acknowledged the backlash yesterday, tweeting "I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country. It is the furthest thing from who I am."

Scroll through our gallery above to see the meme in question as well as responses to it on Twitter...

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Following the fatal shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling in Louisiana last week, there have been a number of protests internationally in response, all showing their support for the #BlackLivesMatter campaign. 


Most notably the ones in London over the weekend, where areas of central London came to a standstill as protesters marched to the Houses of Parliament. The protests were organised by London's Black Lives Matter movement. The crowd chanted "No justice, no peace" with many holding signs that read "Black Lives Matter, end white supremacy". 

Vancouver Art Gallery on Sunday afternoon also saw more than 500 people gather to show their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movements happening around the world. Cicely-Belle Blain of the Vancouver Black Lives Matter chapter commented that "We haven't been able to organise vigil for everyone, and that's a sad situation". Blain also stated that "I think the Vancouver community doesn't really understand why it's important to say that black lives matter and why it's important for a Black Lives Matter chapter to exist in Vancouver, so this is just a reminder of that". 

London arguably had the strongest response to the Louisiana shootings outside of the US. Which considering the fact that between 2012 and 2015 the "police in Britain have fatally shot two people" , which is less than the average number of people shot by police in the US every day over the first five months of 2015, some have been left wandering why protests sparked. 

Marayam Ali the founder of the Black Lives Matter movement in London addressed this when she stated "By these people coming here to stand and unite, they are showing that they are against police brutality and that's the most important thing. I think people forget that racism is a worldwide thing. It's still prevalent. This is ultimately a cry for help". 

Ali's message is one that has been reiterated throughout social media, with the hashtag #stopkillingthemandem trending in the UK. The important message, from all the international protests, is that although instances of police brutality are less prevalent in places like the UK and Vancouver, the deaths of Sterling and Castile still sparked outrage and fear. The emotional response many had to the shootings is what ultimately acted as the catalyst for these demonstrations; people wanted to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Hundreds of signs at the London rally read "Yes all lives matter, but we're focused on the black ones right now, ok? Because it is very apparent that our judicial system doesn't know that. Plus, if you can't see why we're exclaiming #blacklivesmatter you are part of the problem". 

Stormzy, a UK Grime artist reinforced this when he went on social media and wrote "Don't be the stupid idiot who thinks because we live in the UK that this isn't an issue for us to take on. Don't be the stupid idiot who thinks because we live in the UK that black people don't experience racism from the police- don't be so flipping naive. We have black brothers and sisters dying in the States and we'd be cowards to just brush it off. This is all of our problem". 

These declarations of support, and the thousands more on social media, from outside the US proves that the Black Lives Matter movement is one with international weight behind it, and that the the US is not alone in their struggle for equality. 

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So heartwarming to see worldwide support!
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Ariana and Victoria have responded to the recent police-involved shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile as well as the death of five police officers at a Dallas protest. 


Their duet entitled 'Better Days' is an optimistic response to the violence, Monet commented on the song's Soundcloud page that "I'm also sad at how numb some of us are to it, because it is far too common! This is not a video game or a movie you're witnessing on your screens! This is out unfortunate reality. When I think about how I feel, the word confused comes to mind...So today we just want to try and help in one of the ways we know how!".

Both the singers then commented "Music is a universal language that all of us can feel regardless of color lines, gender, sexuality, age, race religion...it unifies us. We believe you can not fight hate with hate, only love. Just as we can not fight darkness with more darkness. Only light" 

Listen to the song above!

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