Celebrities are speaking out about the recent death of George Floyd. The Minnesota man died while in police custody. Cell phone video showed Floyd struggling to breathe, as a police officer had his knee on Floyd's neck. That officer, Derek Chauvin, has now been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Since Floyd's death, many celebrities have been taking to social media to express their outrage:
View this post on InstagramIf you want to demand more charges brought on all those involved in the death of George Floyd, click the link in my bio to sign the petition.
A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on May 29, 2020 at 8:13pm PDT
View this post on InstagramFor 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, bum, 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 fucking normal??? If intentional MURDER is the fit consequence for “drugs" or “resisting arrest"....then what's the fit consequence for MURDER???! #GeorgeFloyd #AhmaudArbery #BreonnaTaylor
A post shared by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on May 29, 2020 at 8:10pm PDT
View this post on InstagramProtest 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 & 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
A post shared by Lizzo (@lizzobeeating) on May 31, 2020 at 10:08am PDT
View this post on InstagramBlack Lives Matter. Take action now in the links below. #BlackLivesMatter blacklivesmatter.com mplsnaacp.org/about_us minnesotafreedomfund.org/
A post shared by Hamilton (@hamiltonmusical) on May 30, 2020 at 9:02pm PDT
View this post on InstagramI'm not in Atlanta, but if I were I would have been standing with our Mayor! But there was nothing I could say better than what Mayor @keishabottoms said last night! Please, please stop this violence!! Looting is NOT THE ANSWER!!!! And listen to me, be careful where you are getting your information to JOIN protests!! There are people and other countries who are posting things pretending to be US, pretending to stand for peaceful protest, but they are trying to incite us into violence and chaos to try and do more harm!! Do not fall for this foolishness!!! Please stop the violence!
A post shared by Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) on May 30, 2020 at 7:14am PDT
View this post on InstagramI'm so extremely angry. This bullshit has to stop! #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd
A post shared by Halle Berry (@halleberry) on May 27, 2020 at 9:47am PDT
View this post on InstagramThis 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.
A post shared by Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) on May 26, 2020 at 7:08pm PDT
View this post on InstagramIn 2017, we partnered with @TVOne and creator/executive producer @LemuelPlummer for his docu-series #TwoSides. A series examining the fatal police encounters involving #EricGarner, #EzellFord, #JohnCrawford and #SandraBland. We're praying for the family of #GeorgeFloyd and those who have been impacted by police brutality! Click the link in our bio to watch #TwoSides on the TV One app. #EnoughIsEnough #EndPoliceBrutality #BlackLivesMatter 🎨@bychenelle 🎥@tvonetv 🔁@juveeproductions
A post shared by VIOLA DAVIS (@violadavis) on May 27, 2020 at 11:42am PDT
View this post on Instagram“Please I can't breathe. My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts. They're going to kill me." 💔 #SayHisName #GeorgeFloyd #JusticeForFloyd
A post shared by Michelle Pfeiffer (@michellepfeifferofficial) on May 27, 2020 at 8:52am PDT
View this post on InstagramLast night at dinner, my 7-year-old asked why all the grown ups were so upset. We spoke to him about what happened to George Floyd. Being a white mother trying to explain racism and bigotry to her white son, who did not understand why anyone would treat another human being that way, was heartbreaking. But not nearly as heartbreaking as being a victim of one of these senseless, violent, unconscionable crimes. Not nearly as heartbreaking as being one of the families who have experienced loss and harassment and discrimination daily. Not nearly as heartbreaking as being a mother who lives in fear of what will happen to her children in this world. I grew up going to church. We were taught that we were all the same in the eyes of God. We all breathe the same air. We all bleed the same blood. But that is not what I grew up seeing. It was as hard for me to reconcile the difference between what I was taught in church and what I see in the world. I don't want that for my kids. Or for yours. We have to be held accountable for what is happening in this country. What happened to George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery - and countless others - can not go without justice. Please talk to your children about racism, privilege, bigotry and hate. If you aren't talking to them, someone else is. Regarding comments: I urge you to share this space for meaningful discussion, not hate. There is enough hate in the world. I hope this can be a space for discussion, understanding, growth and LOVE. We all need more of that.
A post shared by Reese Witherspoon (@reesewitherspoon) on May 28, 2020 at 1:13pm PDT
View this post on InstagramI have privilege as a white person because I can do all of these things without thinking twice: I can go birding (#ChristianCooper) I can go jogging (#AmaudArbery) I can relax in the comfort of my own home (#BothemSean and #AtatianaJefferson) I can ask for help after being in a car crash (#JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride) I can have a cellphone (StephonClark) I can leave a party to get to safety (JordanEdwards) I can play loud music (JordanDavis) I can sell CDs (AltonSterling) I can sleep (AiyanaJones) I can walk from the corner store (MikeBrown) I can play cops and robbers (TamirRice) I can go to church (Charleston9) I can walk home with Skittles (TrayvonMartin) I can hold a hair brush while leaving my own bachelor party (SeanBell) I can party on New Years (OscarGrant) I can get a normal traffic ticket (SandraBland) I can lawfully carry a weapon (PhilandoCastile) I can break down on a public road with car problems (CoreyJones) I can shop at Walmart (JohnCrawford) I can have a disabled vehicle (TerrenceCrutcher) I can read a book in my own car (KeithScott) I can be a 10yr old walking with our grandfather (#CliffordGlover) I can decorate for a party (#ClaudeReese) I can ask a cop a question (#RandyEvans) I can cash a check in peace (#YvonneSmallwood) I can take out my wallet (#AmadouDiallo) I can run (#WalterScott) I can breathe (#EricGarner) I can live (#FreddieGray) I CAN BE ARRESTED WITHOUT THE FEAR OF BEING MURDERED (#GeorgeFloyd) White privilege is real. Take a minute to consider a Black person's experience today. #BlackLivesMatter *I copied and pasted this ... please do the same.
A post shared by Julia Roberts (@juliaroberts) on May 29, 2020 at 5:10am PDT
View this post on InstagramPeople come in seasons, I'm down to lose “friends" over This #youeitherwithusoragainstus #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforahmaud #justiceforbreonnataylor And the countless others!! #ENOUGH
A post shared by Kelly Rowland (@kellyrowland) on May 29, 2020 at 2:10pm PDT
View this post on InstagramGEORGE FLOYD If this image doesn't disturb you and piss you off, then idk. I've seen a lot of people speak up and try to articulate how fed up and angry they are. All good and well but it's the same same same reality we live in. George Floyd. George Floyd. George has a family. George didn't deserve to die. George pleaded for help and was just straight up ignored, which speaks loud and clear that his black life didn't matter. George was murdered. George wasn't human to that cop that slowly and purposefully took his life away. #georgefloyd
A post shared by Wardell Curry (@stephencurry30) on May 27, 2020 at 11:36am PDT
View this post on InstagramFrom my dear friend tWitch. #repost @sir_twitch_alot ・・・ Seriously, what's it going to take to prove our lives are valuable. I didn't even know how to approach this. I see and feel the anger on my timeline and I see it on the TV. But then what? Then what? Just a few weeks ago we were yelling about Ahmaud, then Breonna, now yet another King was murdered in broad daylight. In my post about Ahmaud I said we can't become desensitized. We can't leave this alone after the hashtags stop trending. These acts are products of a system that needs to be broken. To be infiltrated. But it has to happen after the headlines calm down. This anger and drive is fuel but we have to work at shutting bullshit like this down everyday! Holding people accountable. Even when you might be the only one to speak up. I don't know where im going with this caption but im sick. Im sad. Rest in power to this King and love to his family for having to endure this. How many hashtags do our black bodies have to make trend before a shift happens.? How many? #justiceforgeorgefloyd #blacklivesmatter #takeaction
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