- Celebrities including Timothée Chalamet, Halsey, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and more have joined protests and call for action due to George Floyd's death.
In solidarity, celebrities across the entertainment industry join the black community to make their voices heard on justice for George Floyd and for a sustainable transformation for black communities.
Nationwide protests have sparked after footage went viral of a white Minneapolis cop fatally pinning George Floyd on Memorial Day over a fake $20 bill. Floyd was seen on the viral video pleading to the officer saying “I can’t breathe” and minutes after Floyd was observed passed out. After arriving in the hospital, he was non-responsive and was declared dead. The officer was arrested on May 29 and charged with third-degree murder or unintentional murder and manslaughter by local protestors. The black community is standing up for Floyd, and against racism that threatens their human rights as brutality or prejudice persist because of the color of their skin.
The Little Women star Timothée Chalamet documented on his Instagram stories joining the Santa Monica protests Sunday with a poster in hand with the names of Floyd, Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor, and other victims of police brutality.
Ariana Grande also tweeted about the peaceful protest she engaged in, where all protesters throughout the Beverly Hills and West Hollywood areas paraded and cheered along in one voice that black lives matter.
Grande also used her platform to educate and encourage followers to sign petitions, make donations, have conversations with friends and family about the issue, reading and sharing resources, and voting not only for the president but for every other issue on the ballots that impact the community. She reminds everyone that “this doesn’t end today or tomorrow or after you post about it once. #blacklivesmatter.”
Among other celebrities joined the movement and some risked injury in protests in Los Angeles, New York, and other key cities in the US, which include Tessa Thompson, Nick Cannon, John Cusack, Halsey, J. Cole, Kendrick Sampson, and more.
Celebrities also joined the movement by using their platform to raise awareness and pledge their support.
Beyoncé posted a video on her Instagram account urging that “We need justice for George Floyd. We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight. We’re broken and we’re disgusted. We cannot normalize this pain,” she said. “No more senseless killings of human beings. No more seeing people of color as less than human… Yes, someone’s been charged, but justice is far from being achieved.”
She also provided a link for a petition to sign to demand charges against those who were involved with Floyd’s death.
Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) used the official Broadway show’s channel to state the following: “We spoke out on the day of the Pulse shooting. We spoke out when Vice President Mike Pence came to our show 10 days after the election. And that we have not yet firmly spoken inarguable truth of Black Lives Matter and denounced systematic racism and white supremacy from our official Hamilton channels is a moral failure on our part,” Miranda says in a video. “As the writer of the show, I take responsibility and apologize for my part in this moral failure. I’m sorry for not pushing harder and faster for us to speak these self-evident truths under the Hamilton banner, which has come to mean so much to so many of you.”
He adds, “Literally, the idea of the show doesn’t exist without the brilliant black and brown artists in our cast, crew, and production team who breathe life into the story every time it’s performed.”
Manuel promoted links to organizations he is supporting including Black Lives Matter, Minneapolis NAACP, and the Minnesota Freedom Fund.
Billie Eilish used Instagram as her platform to shared a lengthy post asking people that “IF ALL LIVES MATTER WHY ARE BLACK PEOPLE KILLED FOR JUST BEING BLACK?” wrote Eilish. “WHY ARE IMMIGRANTS PERSECUTED? WHY ARE WHITE PEOPLE GIVEN OPPORTUNITIES THAT PEOPLE OF OTHER RACES AREN’T?… WE HAVE TO ADDRESS HUNDREDS OF YEARS OF OPPRESSION OF BLACK PEOPLE.”
The music community also posted on social media today for a “Music Industry Blackout Tuesday” on June 2, where the industry will disconnect from work to reconnect with their community.
John Legend retweeted Chrissy Teigan’s commitment to donate $100,000 to bail out protestors across the county and adds that it is American’s right to protest peacefully without oppression. Legend and Teigen will further the cause by donating and defending those marching for justice.
CNN’s Don Lemon calls out celebrities, such as Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, and others on not taking action as other celebrities already have shown their solidarity. He accused them of worrying about “their brand” rather than come to his show to discuss the issues stemmed by Floyd’s death.
“A lot of people I ask to come on this show, to talk about this, [such as] wealthy celebrities, wealthy political people, [say], ‘I can’t do it. I’m mad. I don’t want people to see me mad. It might hurt my business. I’m so upset that I had to go to my country house,’” Lemon said. “Where are you? Why aren’t you fighting for these young people? If you don’t do it now, when are you going to do it? … if you are a millionaire or a gazillionare or a movie star or a politician and you don’t step up now, when the hell are you going to do it?”
The Walt Disney Company, Netflix and many other corporations and local businesses, such as Blue Bottle Coffee Company located in Los Angeles near the protests, released statements pledging that in the wake of George Floyd’s killing and the novel coronavirus pandemic devastating communities of color prompts for real change and commitment for diversity and inclusion everywhere, while others adding donations to activist movement like Black Lives Matter and other like organizations.
Terrence Floyd, George’s brother spoke out on an interview with ABC News on demanding justice for George while condemning violent protesters. His major concern is that the memory of his brother will become overshadowed by the destruction that resulted in the National Guard being deployed and mandatory curfews in place in major cities.
“My brother was about peace,” said Terrence Floyd, “It’s OK to be angry, but channel your anger to do something positive or make a change another way because we’ve been down this road already.”