These celebrities joining the George Floyd protests offer much more than empty social media posts
Recent months have really done a number on the idea that the vast majority of celebrities have much more to contribute to real-life crises than buzzword-laden, carefully vetted social media posts. And as Americans have participated in protests across the nation in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, some famous types have offered relatively empty-seeming gestures, while others have found ways to meaningfully contribute to the cause.
In the hall of infamy belongs one tweet by Ellen DeGeneres, who really put racism in its place over the weekend with a post that included the remarkably Orwellian line, “For things to change, things must change.” (After the entire world called her out, the tweet was deleted and replaced with an unambiguous message in support of the protests and a pledge from the comic to donate to organizations including the George Floyd memorial fund and the ACLU.) David Guetta dropped a remix of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream Speech." And then there’s star designer Virgil Abloh, who posted a screenshot to Instagram showing a $50 donation to a Miami bail fund. Of course, every bit helps—but is every bit really worth telling the world about, especially when it's not even enough to cover two pairs of Off-White socks?
But it’s not all bad or bare-minimum in the celebrity sphere. Star Wars star John Boyega has been posting fiery, impassioned messages that probably leave his PR team with their heads in their hands, and Chrissy Teigen promised to spend a full $200,000 bailing out protestors. And then there are those who have joined thousands of other Americans in showing up to protests, putting their brands and their bodies on the line. With police across the country showing themselves willing pepper spray, drive cars into, and fire rubber bullets upon even journalists and the most peaceful of protestors, the risks these people are taking is real. Insecure star Kendrick Sampson was hit by rubber bullets seven times, and sustained truly painful looking injuries. Her are some more celebrities who’ve been out in the streets.
hours and miles of peaceful protesting yesterday that got little to no coverage.
all throughout beverly hills and west hollywood we chanted, people beeped and cheered along.
we were passionate, we were loud, we were loving.
cover this too please. #BLACKLIVESMATTER https://t.co/vD90CEtF94 pic.twitter.com/GZ6uKDfPM7— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 31, 2020
I dont know how to articulate the horrors of today. NG + officers firing rounds into kneeling crowds. We dont have enough medics on the ground on our side. I was treating injuries I am not qualified to. So much blood spilled. If you have med training pls go + standby outskirts.— h (@halsey) June 1, 2020
do not underplay these rubber bullets bc you have been told they are “not lethal”. I had to bandage a man who looked like his entire face had exploded today. So before you say, from the comfort of your home, that we’re exaggerating, please consider the injuries some have suffered— h (@halsey) June 1, 2020