Celebrities Support Protests, Demand Justice for George Floyd

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Across the country this weekend, Americans protested police brutality and demanded justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and many, many more Black Americans who have lost their lives. Sunday, May 31 marked the sixth day of protests since Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin killed Floyd.

In the wake of the murder, many celebrities have shared their support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement and encouraged their fans to take action of support. Beyoncé encouraged fans to visit her website, which has links to multiple petitions to seek justice for Floyd. On Twitter, Cardi B shared a video in which she encouraged fans to vote in less publicized elections. “When I say voting, I’m not only talking about the president,” the star said. “We could vote for mayors. We could vote for judges, and we could vote for DAs, district attorneys.”

Tessa Thompson tweeted at Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, saying that the protest she attended was entirely peaceful until the LAPD “arrived and escalated it.” Ariana Grande, Tinashe, Halsey, Timothee Chalamet, Ellen Page, and Paris Jackson also attended protests in their own cities.

Chrissy Teigen took action by pledging 0,000 to bail out protestors. Many celebrities have shared links asking for donations to local organizations like the Brooklyn Bail Fund or other mutual aid funds. Bella Hadid shared that she’d donated to the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund.

Designers also encouraged civic action. Off-White’s Virgil Abloh asked followers to call the Minneapolis district attorney, and Pyer Moss’ Kerby Jean-Raymond—who already turned his offices into a donation center to help during the COVID-19 pandemic—asked that his followers keep organizing privately for justice.

Lots of stars used their social media to encourage discourse and share unique ideas and interpretations. The Daily Show host Trevor Noah made a widely-shared video in which he ruminated on the protests in New York (especially in the context of the recent Amy Cooper incident) and John Locke’s Social Contract Theory. He urged his audience to be empathetic to protestors engaging in acts of property destruction. “Police in America are looting black bodies [every day],” Noah said. So, “if you felt unease watching that Target being looted, try to imagine how it must feel for black Americans when they watch themselves being looted every single day.” Marc Jacobs shared similar sentiments, posting on Instagram that “broken glass is never violence.” Rather, “WHITE SUPREMACY is violence” the designer’s post read.

Below, CR shares a few more messages from influential celebrities who are using their platforms to share information about civil rights in America today.

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