How celebs are using their platforms for #BlackLivesMatter
They’re calling for action.
The murder of George Floyd has sparked nationwide protests in the US, and celebrities and artistes are using their platforms to talk about #BlackLivesMatter. George Floyd's death came to the public's attention after video footage of his arrest made the rounds — it showed a Caucasian police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on George's neck while he was restrained and pinned to the floor. George was heard repeatedly pleading "I can't breathe". The police officer continued kneeling on George's neck even after he had become unconscious. He was pronounced dead about an hour later, according to a BBC report. In the wake of this tragedy, celebrities are using their platforms to raise awareness and demand change. From Beyonce to Billie Eilish to Singaporean YouTuber Jianhao Tan, here's how they've responded.
1. Harry Styles
I do things every day without fear, because I am privileged, and I am privileged every day because I am white.— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 30, 2020
Being not racist is not enough, we must be anti racist.
Social change is enacted when a society mobilizes.
I stand in solidarity with all of those protesting. pic.twitter.com/45MSXAWEJl
3. Selena Gomez
5. Lady Gaga
6. Benjamin Kheng (Note: trigger warning for the video below)
7. Hirzi Zulkiflie
8. Billie Eilish
9. Dua Lipa
10. Jianhao Tan
11. Ariana Grande
please keep signing these petitions, making donations, having conversations w family and friends about it, reading and sharing links and resources... gentle reminder that this doesn’t end today or tomorrow or after you post about it once. #blacklivesmatter https://t.co/c6YjQCb6p2— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 28, 2020
12. Cardi B
13. Shawn Mendes
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) May 30, 2020
14. Jonas Brothers
15. Kim Kardashian-West
Even though I will never know the pain and suffering they have endured, or what it feels like to try to survive in a world plagued by systemic racism, I know I can use my own voice to help amplify those voices that have been muffled for too long.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 30, 2020
16. Tracee Ellis Ross
17. Miley Cyrus
18. Gigi Hadid
19. Bella Hadid