Celebrities Who Put Up a Middle Finger to America and Gave Up Their Citizenship

Happy Fourth of July, y'all!

It’s that time of year, people: FOURTH. OF. JULY. And you know what that means: copious beer consumption, hot dog eating contests, and forgetting to put on sunscreen, thus causing embarrassing tan-lines. It’s also a weekend where patriotism is thick in the air. (Tally the amount of times you hear “The Star Spangled Banner” over the next 48 hours. We dare you.) However, some people aren’t quite as ’Merica-lovin’, including these seven celebrities. In fact, their “bye, bitch” attitudes toward America led them to renounce their U.S. citizenships. Talk about pride! Check out their stories.

  • 1 Elizabeth Taylor
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    To gain tax breaks on her movies, Elizabeth signed an oath of renunciation at the U.S. Embassy in Paris in 1965. However, a technicality made this document invalid, so she had to redo the process a year later. Interestingly enough, Elizabeth applied (and was granted) U.S. citizenship again in 1977.

  • 2 Tina Turner
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    This music legend is all about Switzerland, apparently. After living in the country for nearly 20 years, Tina was granted Swiss citizenship in 2013.

  • 3 Superman
    This is real, y’all. Hear us out. In the 900th issue of Action Comics, Superman, great symbol of American might, says, “I intend to speak before the United Nations tomorrow and inform them that I am renouncing my U.S. citizenship. I’m tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy.” That’s deep for some comic book shizz.

  • 4 T.S. Eliot
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    The famous writer was born in Missouri but saw his life prospering in Great Britain. He received an Oxford education, married Vivienne Haigh-Wood, and gained prestige as a poet and playwright. To solidify his relationship with GB, he dropped the American allegiance and became a British subject.

  • 5 Eduardo Saverin
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    In May 2012, the Facebook co-founder, who was born in Brazil, renounced his citizenship to evade IPO profit taxes. He now lives in Singapore.

  • 6 W.E.B. DuBois
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    In 1961, at 93 years old, W.E.B. traveled to Ghana to supervise an encyclopedia project, but the United States refused to renew his passport while abroad. So, he became a citizen of Ghana and ex-patriated from America. Boss move.

  • 7 Denise Rich
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    This Grammy-nominated songwriter (born in Massachusetts) has penned tracks for Celine Dion and Jessica Simpson, among others. In order to be closer to her husband and family in London, she renounced her American ties in favor of European flare. [/item