With the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and dismiss Proposition 8, Wednesday is a big day for the advancement of gay rights in this country. But you probably already know that — at least, you do if you've checked your Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Vine at all today.
Your friends and relatives aren't the only ones flocking to social media to share their joy on this momentous day. Many celebrities — from President Obama himself to Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, and more — are also chiming in on Twitter with their thoughts on the SCOTUS rulings. Here are some celebratory celebrity tweets:
Today's DOMA ruling is a historic step forward for #MarriageEquality. #LoveIsLove
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 26, 2013
DOMA and Prop 8 should get married.
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) June 26, 2013
Hurray for all Americans and good riddance to DOMA. It's a new day. A happy day.
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) June 26, 2013
I never dreamed I would see this day. The whole world has changed for us all. I can't believe it!! #DOMA #Equality
— Andy Cohen (@BravoAndy) June 26, 2013
Big day for some of my good friends and for The US !! @jessetyler @JustinMikita @DRVW11 @JewdyGold @buckhollywood
— Melissa Joan Hart (@MelissaJoanHart) June 26, 2013
Woke up to the news of DOMA being struck down. Don't care that it's cold and raining in Portland, it's a beautiful day.
— Carrie Brownstein (@Carrie_Rachel) June 26, 2013
AND no standing on #prop8?? Same sex marriage is legal in california! I better be getting some wedding invites... #whatdoiwear?
— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) June 26, 2013
This is truly an historic day. Never before & never again will so many men be this excited about getting married. #Scotus
— Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) June 26, 2013
Went to bed depressed woke up to find DOMA overturned, Prop 8 defeated and the bill in Texas didn't pass. I should sleep more!
— Gillian Jacobs (@GillianJacobs) June 26, 2013
Great news, I just married my cat.
— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) June 26, 2013
"DOMA arigato, Mr. Roboto" --from tmbg fb page
— They Might Be Giants (@tmbg) June 26, 2013
I want to french Justice Kennedy SO hard right now.
— Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof) June 26, 2013
No one be shocked if I get married and pregnant with a daughter today in a slightly premature fit of joy #americathebeautiful
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 26, 2013
.@daxshepard1 will you marry me? Xo #marriageequality #loveislove”
— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) June 26, 2013
Big news from the Supreme Court. Goodbye #DOMA #Prop8. Hello #equality.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) June 26, 2013
Down w DOMA! Something to be very proud of this upcoming July 4th. We are making beautiful progress for Equality! #proud
— Adam Lambert (@adamlambert) June 26, 2013
If you're gay married in California your gay marriage is now legal. Good. #allmarriageisabitgay
— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) June 26, 2013
I am standing on the right side of history. I stand with @HRC for marriage equality. #SCOTUS #time4marriage http://t.co/3cSE5e0nwK
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) June 26, 2013
A big day for equality and human rights. I'm smiling so big right now.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 26, 2013
Victory for marriage in California as #Prop8 is struck down. Small but substantial steps toward #MarriageEquality for all!
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) June 26, 2013
DOMA-it-just-lost-O Mr. Roboto! So, so happy for Edie, et al.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) June 26, 2013
Gay, straight, lesbian, bi.. No one is better than any one else. What an incredible day for California AND for equality.
— demetria lovato (@ddlovato) June 26, 2013
Thank you to the plaintiffs, the lawyers David Boies and Ted Olsen, to Rob Reiner, Chad and all organizations who made this happen & SCOTUS!
— Official Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) June 26, 2013
#PROP8 IS GONE! #DOMA IS GONE! #SCOTUS #LoveIsLove
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) June 26, 2013
Remember where you are today, history is made...supreme court Strikes down DOMA!
— Melissa Etheridge (@speak_true) June 26, 2013
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Did you catch that episode of Modern Family where Cameron did something outrageous, Claire was shrill, and you couldn't understand what Gloria was saying? Yep, you and everyone else who has watched any episode of the Emmy-winning comedy. The series, which remains an awards show darling and critical favorite, has started to experience a decline in its ratings.
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According to Entertainment Weekly, Modern Family, which was the highest-rated comedy on television earlier this season, only to be toppled by The Big Bang Theory for that bragging right, has also lost the top spot in its time slot. The ABC show, which airs at 9 PM on Wednesday, fell to no. 2 last week, and Fox's American Idol moved to the top. Last night's Modern Family experienced a 10 percent drop, bringing in 10.1 million viewers (and a 3.8 in the 18-49 demo.)
And while it's fair to point the finger at its timeslot competitor American Idol for taking away a chunk of viewers, it's just as fair to point the finger back at the show itself. (However, it is noted that this tends to be a time of year when the show experiences lower than usual ratings.) Despite the many fans that stick with the family-friendly sitcom, there were also a portion of viewers that jumped ship in Season 2 or Season 3 when they figured out that, while it has its moments, it's perhaps the most predictable show on television.
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So what can Modern Family to do rebuild its viewership, especially by winning over viewers who have since flown watching people live in its very expensive California coops? We have ten ideas of how Modern Family can get back on track in the ratings:
1. Add a little real drama: For better or worse, How I Met Your Mother got more popular the more dramatic it got (read: Robin and Barney's off-and-on courtship), and it constantly keeps fans guessing. On Modern Family, whenever a couple has a fight, it's pretty much a given that it will be resolved by the end of the half hour. We're not saying Gloria and Jay need to go through an ugly divorce, but a little extra added drama never hurt an already emotional sitcom.
2. A musical episode: Hey, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. With American Idol as a major threat, Modern Family can do what so many comedies before it have tried (including HIMYM) — recruit a great songwriter, and have a musical episode. Cam would have a ball.
3. Harness the power of Julie Bowen... off the show. Whether you love or hate Claire, you have to admit that Emmy winner Julie Bowen is a spectacular talk show guest. From sharing hilarious stories about her kids putting each other in the dryer on Conan to letting Jimmy Kimmel take over her Twitter, she could be the face and personality of the ensemble effort. (Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson are viable candidates, too.) Have her do something with Funny or Die (Happy Gilmore reunion, anyone?) or hit the talk show circuit way more, because Claire might be obnoxious, but Bowen is anything but.
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4. Expand to the big screen: No, we don't mean start planning a Modern Family movie. (We're still absorbing the Entourage news!) Instead, the cast should start branching off into projects that aren't ubiquitous Pepsi commercials. The cast wisely didn't jump the gun and use their fame to star in anything and everything that came their way (the Friends cast fell victim to that early in their run), so they haven't outstayed their welcome with the public. Burrell has starred in the terrible, delayed Butter and Rico Rodriguez had a cameo in The Muppets, but why hasn't Nolan Gould had a role in a comedy (with, say, Chris Pratt), and why hasn't Sarah Hyland played Mila Kunis' sister in literally anything?
5. Just less Lily and Manny: Everybody wins!
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