#BlackLivesMatter: All the celebrities showing support for the movement and George Floyd

#BlackLivesMatter: All the celebrities showing support for the movement and George Floyd

Silence equals complicity

Text: Ronn Tan

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Since the death of George Floyd on 25 May 2020, a plethora of protests have begun in many cities in the United States—as well as in other parts of the world

By now, we have all heard of George Floyd and what happened to him.  His murder in Minneapolis (in the United States) by Derek Chauvin, a police officer sparked massive protests—not just in the United States but all over the world, including London, Auckland, and Berlin. 

Derek Chauvin had his knee on George Floyd's neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. The other three pollicers officers that were involved are Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas K. Lane. The infamous incident was filmed by bystanders on their smartphones. In a video posted on Facebook, George Floyd can be heard repeating “I can’t breathe”. Following his unfortunate death at the age of 46, all four police officers were fired.

At times like these, the African-American community in the United States need allies to support and stand with them. Allies include everyone else in the world, regardless of race, nationality, and sexuality. After all, #BlackLivesMatter does not mean that other lives don't matter. In fact, the movement shines a light on why society needs to pay attention to what they have been experiencing for a long time. 

While protests and calls for justice are still going on, influential voices and those with massive platforms have to do their parts. Celebrities such as Ariana Grande, Kendrick Lamar, Halsey, Timothée Chalamet, Tessa Thompson, Paris Jackson, Tinashe, Kehlani, Nick Cannon, and Cody Fern have joined the protests all over the United States. These are some of the celebrities that have spoken out against George Floyd's death

1. Jennifer Lopez

"How can anyone say they love this country and not do something when they see lives cut short because of the colour of their skin? We need to erase the fear and hatred that exists. Not erase people. We are all God’s children. We need to love and appreciate all the beautiful things that every individual person is. There are more of us who live a life of love and acceptance than those who live in rage and hate. Do not let the angry and hateful win! Say something. Do something. Let’s build bridges not burn them.

We have lost our way these past few years but we can find our way back. We need to speak up and speak love. Every chance we get. We need to storm the polls in November and vote. We need change! Something's got to change!"

2. Oprah Winfrey

"I’ve been trying to process what can be said or heard in this moment. I haven’t been able to get the image of the knee on his neck out of my head. It’s there every morning when I rise and when I go through the ordinary duties of the day. While pouring coffee, lacing my shoes, and taking a breath, I think: He doesn’t get to do this. And now the video from the other angle of two other officers pinning him down. My heart sinks even deeper.

His family and friends say he was a gentle giant. His death has now shown us he had a giant soul. If the largeness of a soul is determined by its sphere of influence, George Floyd is a Mighty soul.

#GeorgeFloyd: We speak your name. But this time we will not let your name be just a hashtag. Your spirit is lifted by the cries of all of us who call for justice in your name".

3. Beyoncé

"We need justice for George Floyd. We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight. We're broken and we're disgusted. We cannot normalise this pain. I'm not only speaking to people of colour. If you're white, black, brown, or anything in between, I'm sure you feel hopeless about the racism going on in America right now. No more senseless killings of human beings. No more seeing people of colour as less than human. We can no longer look away".

4. Harry Styles

"I do things every day without fear, because I am privileged, and I am privileged every day because I am white. Being not racist is not enough, we must be anti racist. Social change is enacted when a society mobilises. I stand in solidarity with all of those protesting. I’m donating to help post bail for arrested organisers. Look inwards, educate yourself and others.

Listen, read, share, donate, and vote. Enough is enough. Black lives matter".

5. Demi Lovato

"This is not okay. And it will not stop until everyone does their part. Especially white people. I said it recently and I’ll say it again, do not let your discomfort surrounding social issues prevent you from speaking up for those in danger. And reality is, until this stops completely—the black community will continue to live in danger. Do your part. This involves you too.

#GeorgeFloyd, I hope you RIP because it isn’t fair so many didn’t do their part to ensure you lived in peace".

6. Adam Lambert

"I’m scanning through the comments on this post and am appalled by the handful of ignorant, right wing, tone deaf comments that snowball into negative arguments. It’s one thing to have an opinion, but there are a few of you that are no longer welcome on my feed. To be clear: I’m not supporting violence and destruction. I am supporting the right to be enraged; to refuse to bow down. When it comes to matters of human rights, I refuse to support any opposition. Anyone that responds to black lives matter with all lives matter is an a**hole. You should know why that’s problematic by now. If you don’t, quit looking at my posts and educate yourself".

7. Gigi Hadid

"Enraged. Sickened. Heartbroken. But never surprised. This happens way too often—and the videos that go viral are not isolated events. It seems that only when caught on camera are bigots and murderers even getting “investigated” or fired. Unfortunately, the only way things will start changing is if all these racist, ignorant monsters (badge and/or not) have to face the consequences behind bars and it’s not only an issue with black men being killed by cops. It’s an issue every time we see them being treated, in even non-violent situations, very clearly differently than many very-high-risk incidents involving white men; it’s an issue that the President is making dangerous public statements about enforcing the shooting of protesters—rightfully angered by another unneeded killing of another black person and demanding justice where it is 100 percent needed; while exactly 28 days earlier, he tweeted about white protesters, who stood armed with guns protesting a worldwide health pandemic as “very good people”, urging the Governor to “See them, talk to them, make a deal".

Keep signing petitions, making calls to demand justice, speaking out (this is not just if you have a big platform—it starts in your homes and communities), and fighting to make a difference for every life that has been wrongly taken or effected by the pandemic of racism. This is about being against every senseless act of discrimination that burdens this country". 

8. Bella Hadid

"I'm sure all of you feel the same way but my sadness has viciously turned into anger. This will not be overlooked! Swipe for some truth. Text FLOYD to 55156 so not just one, but all four officers that took part in this murder will have to own up to their actions and be taken to jail for life. The fact that they could have stood there and watched is disgusting and in my eyes, just as bad. If you are able, please join me in donating to help the family of George Floyd with The Official George Floyd Memorial Fund".

9. Kim Kardashian

"For years, with every horrific murder of an innocent black man, woman, or child, I have always tried to find the right words to express my condolences and outrage, but the privilege I am afforded by the colour of my skin has often left me feeling like this is not a fight that I can truly take on my own. Not today, not anymore. Like so many of you, I am angry. I am more than angry. I am infuriated and I am disgusted".

10. Ciara

11. Billie Eilish

"We have to address hundreds of years of oppression of black people. The slogan of #BlackLivesMatter does not mean other lives don't. It's calling attention to the fact that society clearly thinks black lives don't f**king matter. And they f**king do. Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter. Say it again. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd".

12. Lizzo

"Protest is not the end of progress, it is the beginning. I wonder what would happen if all the big companies and celebrities who have showed support on social media came out and used their platform to let activists and protesters speak and be seen? I wonder what would happen if we allowed the outrage to have positive influence in our local government? What would happen if those in power defunded the police and dismantled their racist culture and corrupt power structures? Cities are burning, are you watching? I stand with Minneapolis. I believe in us. Change is gonna come. #blacklivesmatter".

13. Gwyneth Paltrow

"If you feel compelled to comment “all lives matter” in response to this post and you’re not a bot (which you probably are), nor an agent provocateur trying to create instability and division in our country, you might want to consider that you are reacting from a blind spot of white privilege. Saying “all lives matter” is a denial of how dangerous it is to simply live as a black person in America. “All lives” do not live in fear of getting killed simply because of the colour of their skin. #BlackLivesMatter".

14. Tracee Ellis Ross

"There are so many feelings surging around in my head and my heart right now. Like all of us, I am grieving and heartbroken, sad, outraged and trying to take right action. 

I recognise the power of my platform, but also the limits of my knowledge so I am mindful of what I say, how I speak and what I post. I always want to be helpful, effective and supportive, if I can be.

What is clear is that systems and hearts must change. I want justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and so many others and for that to happen, we must all take part. Diversity of approach, thought, and resources is what I believe is required in these difficult, scary, and hard times. Everyone must show up in their own most effective way. I am finding mine.

As always, I love us. I love my people. I know our beauty and our power and I want us to be safe, I want our bodies to be safe and I want us to be free and to be treated with the dignity that we deserve. Please donate to @blklivesmatter".

15. Jessica Biel

"The past few weeks have been heartbreaking... mostly because the racism and blatant injustices we’ve seen lately have happened many times before. We have allowed inequality to be part of America for too long—and it has never been acceptable. As allies, we have to do more. While the obvious and understandable reaction is to be angry, and to fight back with hate—we also need to remember we are most powerful together. Please speak up. We want everyone to live freely and peacefully. This hatred we are seeing is a result of a deep systemic problem, but we are not powerless".

16. Celine Dion

"It's hard to find the words... the tragedy, the injustice breaks my heart. I can't even begin to imagine what George Floyd's family is going through. As so many have already said, it's not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist. Change is long overdue. Racism and brutality must end. It's everyone's problem, everyone's fight. And I pray that together we can find peace".

17. Rihanna

"For the last few days, the magnitude of devastation, anger, sadness I’ve felt has been overwhelming to say the least! Watching my people get murdered and lynched day after day pushed me to a heavy place in my heart! To the point of staying away from socials, just to avoid hearing the blood curdling agony in George Floyd’s voice again, begging over and over for his life! The look of enticement, the pure joy and climax on the face of this bigot, murderer, thug, pig, b*m, Derek Chauvin, haunts me! I can’t shake this! I can’t get over an ambulance pulling up to an arrest, a paramedic checking a pulse without removing the very thing that’s hindering it! Is this that f**king normal? If intentional murder is the fit consequence for “drugs” or “resisting arrest”, then what’s the fit consequence for murder?".

18. Khloe Kardashian

"Like so many of you I am angry, heartbroken and disgusted by the murder of George Floyd. We have seen this too many times. Black people have been discriminated against, victimised, and murdered for too long, and have shown superhuman resiliency in the face of constant adversity. It is incomprehensible to me that it's 2020 and people continue to restrict, stereotype, damage, and oppress people of colour, and that racism is a constant reality".

19. Dwayne Johnson

"Past few days, I’ve been stunned trying make sense of George Floyd’s death. The video. The plea for breath. The callous response. The racism. The killing. This is our ongoing disease. I’ve had cops in my family. Good men. And there’s a cop code, granting you the authority to use force if your life is in danger. But when a man is handcuffed, on the ground, no longer a threat, with your brothers in arms standing around watching and he struggles to say, “please, I can’t breathe” when your knee is on his neck.. not his back, but his neck—cutting off his air. Cop code must become moral code. Ethics code. Humanity code. Knowing that if you don’t ease up, then that man is going to die. So, when you decide to not ease up, your intention is to kill. And that’s what this was. George Floyd, said “officer, I can’t breathe” as he struggled for air. He said these words a total of 15 times. Not once. Not twice. 15 times.

These officers will be charged, I’m positive of that. Held accountable. But then, where’s the greater accountability? The leadership to healing. More importantly, the leadership to equality. We ultimately win when we can normalise equality. I’m so sorry to the Floyd family. My heart breaks for you. Let the process begin now".

20. Lady Gaga

"Right now is a critical time for the black community to be supported by all other communities so we can put a stop to something that is intrinsically wrong by the grace of God or whatever creator you do or do not believe in. I urge people to speak gently to each other, speak with passion, inspiration, and impress the importance of this issue until the systems that keep us sick die, instead of people we love".

21. Post Malone

"A platform is a terrible thing to waste, especially in times of heartache in our country and the entire world, and especially when someone has the ability to speak out. Over the past few months, I have been trying to distance myself from social media for my mental health, and by doing this and letting others have more control over posts on my pages. That being said, I see frustrations over the blatant [misuse] of my social media. Especially, when I have a voice to speak loudly, and so far have not. I would like to apologise for that. I watched the video, and when I saw it, my heart sank into my stomach. I am so appalled and so heartbroken. I cannot believe in this day, violence like that is so commonplace and still happening".

22. Selena Gomez

"I have spent the last 24 hours just trying to process this all. Nothing anyone says can take back what has happened. But we can and must all make sure to take action. Too many black lives have been taken from us for far too long. They deserve better. They deserve to be heard. We all need to do better and not sit in silence as this injustice continues".

23. Mandy Moore

"George Floyd was killed at the hands of four officers in Minneapolis on Monday. The video is abhorrent. He should be alive. Getting killed by the police is the sixth leading cause of death of young black men in this country.

White friends: We can’t let our discomfort, ego, or belief that this work doesn’t include us, prevent us from acknowledging our privilege and that we have the burden of dismantling white supremacy. We do. We can not be complacent. We can not be silent. We need to have this conversation with our families and friend and coworkers. Let’s turn outrage into action".

24. Kylie Jenner

"Since watching the most devastating and completely heartbreaking video showing the murder of George Floyd earlier this week, I haven’t been able to get his face and his words out of my mind. I’ll never personally experience the pain and fear that many black people around the country go through every day but I know nobody should have to live in fear and nobody deserves a death like George Floyd and too many others. Speaking up is long overdue for the rest of us. We’re currently dealing with two horrific pandemics in our country, and we can’t sit back and ignore the fact that racism is one of them. I fear for my daughter and I hope for a better future for her. My heart breaks for George Floyd’s family and friends. Don’t let his name be forgotten. Keep sharing, keep watching, keep speaking out, because it’s the only way we can come together to help bring this much needed change and awareness. Rest In Peace, George Floyd".

25. Viola Davis

"This is what it means to be black in America. Tried. Convicted. Killed for being black. We are dictated by hundreds of years of policies that have restricted our very existence and still have to continue to face modern day lynchings. Here's the thing... America will never be great until we can figure out a way for it to work for everybody!".

26. Ava DuVernay

"You deserved your breath, your dignity, your life. Not to die in the street, murdered by a white cop's knee on your neck. You deserve our tears, our prayers, our rage, our action. We must act—for you—and for all of those [where] no cameras are present. We must. #GeorgeFloyd".

27. Jennifer Aniston

"This week has been heartbreaking for so many reasons. We need to acknowledge that the racism and brutality in this country has been going on for a long time—and it’s never been okay. As allies, who want equality and peace, it’s our responsibility to make noise, to demand justice, to educate ourselves on these issues, and more than anything, to spread love. How much more time are we willing to let pass without change? How much more time?".

28. Travis Scott⠀

"As I pace around, thinking, trying to find something to ease the pain... there are almost no words that I can think of to properly express, or I can use to suppress, this enraged feeling of us continuously losing our brothers and sisters to brutality at the hands of officers, or anyone with misguided intentions for our well-being. The rage that we are all feeling is from direct personal experience and the constant pain of wanting our voices to be heard. To be seen as equal and human, too. We have to change and reform police policy in our U.S. cities, and there needs to be accountability immediately! Especially when officers abuse their power to the point where it callously takes a life. My heart goes out to George Floyd's family and everyone who's suffered loss based on this type of senseless injustice and brutality. Me and the team are gonna do everything possible to make sure these issues are addressed on a long-term basis".

29. Ariana Grande

"Again, I ask my followers to please keep signing these petitions, making donations if you are able to, continue having conversations with family and friends about racism (overt and covert) and the senseless acts of murder that happen in this country far too often, please keep reading up, following accounts on here (I will recommend some) to keep you updated and learning and sharing links and resources. Our black friends need us to show up and to be better and to be vocal. Now more than ever. Online. Offline even more so. This is more than a post. We have to show up. There is work that needs to be done and it is absolutely on us to do it".

30. Halsey

"As many of you know, George Floyd was a black man murdered by a police officer. He was unarmed and initially restrained for a non-violent crime. Say his name. Share this information. If you have friends and family who are privileged enough to “stay away from this kind of news”, then take that f**king privilege away. Uplift the voices of black members of your community voicing their fear or outrage or grief. #blacklivesmatter".

31. Taylor Swift

32. Dua Lipa

"How many more lives do we have to lose? Surely this has to be the tipping point when we all face up to the police brutality that has been captured on video for everyone to see. Surely this is when we say stop, we will not tolerate any more generations of black Americans and people of colour growing up in fear of those who should protect them.

When an unarmed and handcuffed man is murdered by the police in broad daylight while begging for his life, those in authority need to know that our outrage knows no bounds. We demand justice.

There are many ways to make your voice heard. Sign the petition, get on the phone, talk to your family, friends, and kids. If you are a business owner, make a public statement of support to your black clients, friends, and co-workers. We can be the change. We have to start the conversation in our own circles. This is sickening. It’s got to stop".

33. Jameela Jamil

"Power, love, and safety to the crowds fighting for equality today and shame on the society that pushed them to have to do this yet again, just to be taken seriously, just to be afforded the opportunity to be allowed to live and to breathe freely. It’s so little to ask. It’s mortifying that this continues to be up for any debate. Don’t be fooled by the idea/media/presidential narrative that they are doing this to cause reckless havoc. It’s actually a lot of non-black people creating the destruction and of course, black people are being framed as the aggressors. Big surprise there. Nothing about these protests is reckless, it’s the only way to combat the oppressive, constant and pervasive violence they are met with physically and emotionally every day of their lives. Even in the supposed safety of their own homes.

What is reckless is how these people who have historically been so oppressed, are continuously mistreated in the name of white supremacy. These are human beings who are punished generation upon generation for having been f**king kidnapped and brought here in the first place. These protests are not just for George Floyd, they are for every single black person who is unsafe everywhere they go; because of the threat of white people with or without badges.

Love to the families who lost George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony Mcdade, Ahmaud Arbery, and Nina Pop. And the countless other black families who fear for their loved ones just for existing. We all have to join in, amplify these stories and this cause, donate, support and educate our fellow non-black people so that they don’t have to do this work of explaining why they should be treated as human beings. Their lives matter to me".

34. Nick Jonas

"Praying for #GeorgeFloyd and his family. A family lost their loved one while pleading for help and the simple act to breathe. This is inexcusable. Text “FLOYD” to 55156 and sign the petition".

35. Barack Obama

36. Simon Webbe 

"The reason I asked for your country flag is because George Floyd and others like him needs us to unite. I only ask we do this peacefully and with love in our heart. I’m seeing too many things online that anger me, but I also know change will only happen if we start at home. Let’s teach our kids understanding and love first. Acceptance is needed, we need to accept we are all different and that it’s ok to be different. Acceptance will lead us to unity. The ultimate measure of a man/woman is not where he/she stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where she/he stands at times of challenge and controversy. I stand up for the human race".

37. Ellen DeGeneres

"I have been posting my thoughts and my stance on this but I haven't spoken directly because I don't know what to say. I am so sad and I am so angry, and I know I'm not going to say the right thing. I know that there are going to be a lot of people who are going to be in disagreement with what I say, but I have a platform and I have a voice and I have always stood for equality. I have always wanted to be the voice for people who feel like they don't have a voice, because I know what that feels like. I'm just so sorry that it's come to this. I really don't know what to say other than this has gone on way, way, way, way too long.

People have gotten away with murder and that's what is happening. So, we've got to see fairness and we've got to see justice for all, because right now, this is not a fair world. Not at all. Sign a petition. Make a donation. Get informed. Make a phone call. Do it all from the link in my bio. We have a long way to go to even get close to being fair. If you don't understand this then you have never felt like you weren't heard or you weren't equal. But if you've ever felt that, magnify it and see what's happening. Let's send a whole bunch of love out there and try to find some peace and some communication in this."

38. Adele

"George Floyd’s murder has sent shockwaves around the world, there are countless others that haven’t. Protests and marches are happening all over the globe simultaneously and only gaining momentum. So be righteously angered but be focused! Keep listening, keep asking, and keep learning! It’s important we don’t get disheartened, hijacked, or manipulated right now. This is about systematic racism, this is about police violence and it’s about inequality. And this isn’t only about America! Racism is alive and well everywhere. I wholeheartedly stand in solidarity with the fight for freedom, liberation, and justice".

39. Crush

"Many artists and people around the world get so much inspiration by black culture and music, including me. We have a duty to respect every race".

40. Josh Kua

"Please apply this in your country. No one will ever be perfect or fully 'woke' but we can all maintain a constant posture of learning. Have you noticed any minority groups that are treated differently in your society? If you haven’t, you are almost certainly living a very privileged life. Start learning about groups of people who are calling out for help, for justice, for equality, and for change. Question your attitudes about groups of people whom you don’t know much about or do not understand. The more you challenge your beliefs, the more opportunity you have to sharpen them. #blacklivesmatter".

41. Alicia Amin

"In many ways ,what is happening with the riots in the US 'doesn’t affect us directly' at first glance but if you dig deeper and spend a little more time, you will see that anti-blackness has seeped in through the cracks in how we treat dark skin people in this country, how we are quick to punish and threaten people who are not of our race, religion, or sexual orientation. I am not trying to take this away from what’s happening in America, on the contrary the #BLM movement has sparked the hard conversation about racism in our country once again and anyone who tries to say bringing up race inequality in this country is wrong because of our constitution or because Malays were oppressed too.

Oppressed people should help each other, not re-enact the oppression we have faced by the hands of the white supremacy. As I have been candid on Twitter I talked about the importance of not only being vocal online. I think back to moments in my life that my energy in person didn’t match my fire online because 'this conversation can be for another day' or 'not worth the argument'. Don’t make the mistakes I did. Tell off your friends, family, aunties, community members. Call them out then and there when they’re being ignorant. It’s tough but it is the next step to correcting the societal flaws we have. For a better future".

42. Elaine Daly

"Racism is not ok. Trying to explain away racism is not ok. Asking people to suck it up and get over racism is not ok. People of colour in the USA deserve the space to express their outrage at not just the death of George Floyd, but centuries of slavery, racism, and oppression. #blacklivesmatter".

43. Yuna

"As a Malaysian Muslim artist who grew up listening to music made by Black artists and composers, never imagining that I would then grow up and have the opportunity to work with talented Black artists, producers, musicians, dancers, even connecting with the fans—it’s my responsibility to come together not only to celebrate the wins, but also be there and stand together during a loss. Without their perseverance, we wouldn’t have been able to enjoy and be inspired by their art form which connects everyone globally, even all the way to Malaysia. My record label and I will be joining the music industry black out Tuesday to stand in solidarity with my Black brothers and sisters against racism, and reconnect with my community, where conversations about fighting racism needs to happen. We stand for peace and equality".

44. Priyanka Chopra

"There is so much work to be done and it needs to starts at an individual level on a global scale. We all have a responsibility to educate ourselves and end this hate. End this race war here in the US, and around the world. Wherever you live, whatever your circumstances, no one deserves to die, especially at the hands of another because of their skin colour.

⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣On [25 May], George Floyd was pinned down by the neck by a Minneapolis police officer and died. He laid there, fighting for his life, struggling to breathe, and other officers just stood there and watched. The officer has now been charged with murder.⁣⁣⁣⁣

George, I am praying for your family".

45. Kesha

"I never felt like it was my place to comment on the issue of racist police brutality, and that is part of the problem. What is happening in this country right now is horrific. The murder of black people, because they are black, by law enforcement, or anyone else is a tragedy every time. I have never had to fear because of the colour or my skin, and I know that’s something I will never understand. That’s white privilege. Racism has never been okay, yet it is part of the history of this country, a sickening part. Racism is very much alive and fueled by a president who calls white supremacists 'very fine people' and then threatens protesters with being shot in a time when so many are suffering. It’s embarrassing, nauseating, and infuriating. Being a white person, I know I will never understand how racism feels. I stand for equality and I can’t just be silent while the president encourages violence and does nothing to help heal people’s suffering but rather makes it worse. What is happening right now is bigger than a hashtag. Black lives matter. George Floyd matters. Spread love not hate".

46. Henry Golding

"Stand up for what is right. Remember #GeorgeFloyd and countless others this weekend. Remember the cause".

Racism is never acceptable; not in Malaysia and not anywhere in the world. Mankind has to come together and speak out against the racial injustices that the African-American community in the United States are facing on a daily basis. Furthermore, society also has to be there for other groups all over the world that are treated unfairly because of specific backgrounds. This is something humans have to work towards—making a discrimination-free world the "New Normal". 

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