As protests continue across the US in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and three others, a number of celebrities have taken to the streets to demand justice for Floyd and others innocent citizens, particularly African-Americans, killed at the hands of prejudiced and unjust police officers.
Here are just a few of the celebs protesting for change:
Star Wars star John Boyega joined #BlackLivesMatter protests in London where he gave an impassioned, emotional speech urging people to “understand how painful this sh-t is”.
“Look I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this but, f**k that.”
John Boyega. pic.twitter.com/KPFDUUFGlM
— The Nikki Diaries (@thenikkidiaries) June 3, 2020
After participating in protests in Chicago over the weekend, Cusack shared a video via Twitter late Sunday night which the actor says shows police officers “coming after him with batons” for recording the aftermath of #BLM protests.
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 & Timothee Chalamet
The Westworld and Little Women stars both shared footage from L.A. protests of people kneeling and chanting in the streets, calling for an end to racial injustice.
— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) May 31, 2020
— d 🦋 (@sunflwrchalamet) May 31, 2020
Sprouse and other demonstrators were arrested while taking part in a Santa Monica protest on Sunday. In a lengthy Instagram post, Sprouse said that police officers had told the protestors to leave before the 4pm curfew. When some of the protestors tried to leave, they were detained by police.
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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.
We applaud these celebs and everyone else taking part in the #BlackLivesMatter protests in the US and around the world.
Racial injustice and police brutality should never be ignored or accepted.
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