Last Thanksgiving, which she referred to as "this strange, state sanctioned annual celebration of colonial genocide," Blanchard took the opportunity to remind her five million followers that "America as we know it is stolen land, 'founded' by white settlers who stole from, killed, and raped Native Americans. " She also spoke directly to her followers who are white: "white people, this is one way of us to start paying very basic, owed reparations for the millions of ways we implicate systematic violence against PoC [people of color] everyday, with or without knowledge of doing so.
On Thanksgiving of that year, the actress continued to support protesters, and boycotted the national holiday, giving interviews to TYT Politics in which she stated, "Thanksgiving was founded on a massacre. " She continued to criticize the national celebration its origins by saying, "From the time we’re little kids, we cut out cardboard paper pictures of pilgrims and feasts and turkeys, and yet none of our children know the truth about not only what happened to Native Americans when Westerners decided to colonize this country, but what is still happening to Native Americans.
She once told the story of her version of "the meaning of Thanksgiving," and since the video was produced for Funny or Die, there is a bit of a sarcastic or facetious edge to it, but Silverman's stance on the blood-stained symbolism behind Thanksgiving is quite serious. "The turkey we kill is a symbol of the Native Americans we killed," Silverman narrates in the video. "We're so grateful for their farming techniques that they taught us, as we learned to harvest our own food on the land we took," the comedian continues. "We are giving thanks for being American.
As for those who choose to celebrate Thanksgiving in general, she requested that they "please also give back to the people who this 'holiday' implicates and triggers institutionalized violence for," citing the Navajo Water Project's statistic that Navajos are 67 times more likely than any other Americans to live without running water or a toilet, and encouraging donations to the non-profit.
In 2016, for example, she marked the holiday on her Instagram by posting a couple of snapshots of a lamb nuzzling a sheep, which were accompanied by a caption that began "Approximately 46 MILLION of these sweet beings are slaughtered for #thanksgiving each year! " She also encouraged her readers to "Give thanks without centering the holiday around the body of someone that didn't want, or deserve, to die"—and gave a shoutout to some of the "many insane delicious alternatives to turkey" out there. (Including, incidentally, on her blog.
In 2013, after a fan asked her to clarify whether or not she celebrated Thanksgiving, Cher explained that she sees the day as an opportunity to eat dinner with her family, but isn't down for the celebration "of a great crime. " When asked to "elaborate" on why she considers the holiday to be a crime, she replied, "Stealing Land,from a ppl,Who believed,Owning LAND Was LIke Owning SKY!