On May 30-31 weekend, protesters across every major city in US took to the streets to demonstrate against the death of George Floyd. While some protests took a violent turn, several others remained peaceful marches including some that were joined by celebrities. The Black Lives Matter movement also received major support from big Hollywood studios who released powerful statements taking a stand against racism. Among some big celebrities who voiced their support for the movement by taking to the streets were artists like Cole Sprouse, John Cusack, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Michael B Jordan, Emily Ratajkowski among others. Cole even posted aboiut his arrest at the protests, on Instagram. The Academy, Marvel, Disney, Paramount and Other Major Hollywood Studios Take Stand Against Racism and Voice Support for the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Halsey attended the LA protest where police fired rubber bullets at the crowd. The "Bad At Love" singer wrote on Twitter, “Fired rubber bullets at us. We did not breach the line." Also actor Jamie Foxx took to the streets as he attended a protest in Minneapolis. At a Minneapolis press conference on Friday, May 29, Foxx spoke to the crowd and said, "I think that what you saw on television, to watch this man plead for his life. As I sit with my two daughters, my nephews .. what it does is, it over-complicates everything as a black man trying to tell his son or his daughter how to function in life. Even the things that we've taught them don't seem to work."
Several celebrities shared on social media, pictures and videos from the protests. Check out which Hollywood celebs were out protesting against racism, this weekend. George Floyd Death: Beyonce, Rihanna, Taika Waititi and More Hollywood Celebs Speak Up For Justice.
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A group of peaceful protesters, myself included, were arrested yesterday in Santa Monica. So before the voracious horde of media sensationalism decides to somehow turn it about me, there’s a clear need to speak about the circumstances: Black Lives Matter. Peace, riots, looting, are an absolutely legitimate form of protest. the media is by nature only going to show the most sensational, which only proves a long standing racist agenda. I was detained when standing in solidarity, as were many of the final vanguard within Santa Monica. We were given the option to leave, and were informed that if we did not retreat, we would be arrested. When many did turn to leave, we found another line of police officers blocking our route, at which point, they started zip tying us. It needs to be stated that as a straight white man, and a public figure, the institutional consequences of my detainment are nothing in comparison to others within the movement. This is ABSOLUTELY not a narrative about me, and I hope the media doesn’t make it such. This is, and will be, a time about standing ground near others as a situation escalates, providing educated support, demonstrating and doing the right thing. This is precisely the time to contemplate what it means to stand as an ally. I hope others in my position do as well. I noticed that there are cameras that roll within the police cruisers during the entirety of our detainment, hope it helps. I’ll speak no more on the subject, as I’m (1) not well versed enough to do so, (2) not the subject of the movement, and (3) uninterested in drawing attention away from the leaders of the #BLM movement. I will be, again, posting the link in my story to a comprehensive document for donations and support.
— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) May 30, 2020
fired rubber bullets at us. we did not breach the line. hands were up. unmoving. and they gassed and fired. pic.twitter.com/K8YauF0APn
— h (@halsey) May 31, 2020
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.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 31, 2020
Show up pic.twitter.com/jl9fkEh4eU
— TINASHE (@Tinashe) May 30, 2020
Cops didn’t like me filming the burning car so they came at me with batons. Hitting my bike.
Ahhm here’s the audio pic.twitter.com/tfaOoVCw5v”
— John Cusack (@johncusack) May 31, 2020
— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) May 31, 2020
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— Kanika Tolver (@KanikaTolver) May 31, 2020
While Jamie Foxx and Nick Cannon were on the frontlines at Minneapolis protests, several other celebs joined the LA protests and it was particularly amazing to see young celebs take to the streets. Kehlani who attended the protests over the weekend took to Twitter and wrote, "Respect existence or expect resistance."
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