Kelly Clarkson got candid in a remote video for The Kelly Clarkson Show discussing how George Floyd’s death has impacted conversations she has with her staff. She announced the #StartTheConversation campaign in which she encourages people on social media to speak up about racism they have experienced and hopes to create real change.
Kelly Clarkson Had Black Staff Members Share Their Stories
Kelly does not want the issue of racism to be swept under the rug, especially because she has a diverse staff on her show. In this video, her black staff members share their experiences with racism and voice their anger and frustration about racism in America. Kelly opened up the show by saying that her “staff has engaged in honest and sometimes difficult dialogue.” For her, the show has always been about “connection.” She acknowledged that it is not easy for people to talk about racism or their experiences with it but feels that it is extremely important not just for the staff of her show but for her tour staff etc. that they stand up and speak out. “We really wanted to start the conversation and be the change that we wanna see,” she said.
Kelly then turned it over to her staff members who spoke about how the death of Floyd has impacted their lives and how they have looked racism in the face and want to make real change. Associate producer Jasmine tearfully says “I’m beyond angry. I’m beyond hurt. I need you to walk the walk ’cause if you’re walking with me now, I need you to walk with me forever until this is fixed. Until this is changed. Because I can’t do this anymore.” Rubin, a member of the audience warm-up team said that he will have to sit down with his sons some day. “I’m gonna have to tell them that people are going to sometimes treat you poorly simply because of the color of your skin. I don’t want to have that conversation with them,” he said.
She Is Launching A Social Media Campaign To #StartTheConversation
Kelly ended the video saying “Thank you so much for sharing your stories. We are an inclusive set. We love everyone on our set and it’s very lighthearted usually.” This is all a part of a social media campaign that Kelly is encouraging with #StartTheConversation. She wants people to be able to openly talk about their experiences just as the members of her staff did. She said that George Floyd’s death really put it all into perspective for her and she loves her inclusive staff. And, people have already started sharing the hashtag in the hopes that they can be a part of the change.
Twitter users shared screenshots of text messages starting the conversation with friends and family about racism.
Several people thanked Kelly for using her huge platform on The Kelly Clarkson Show to talk about this issue of racism openly in the wake of Floyd’s death. “THANK YOU KELLY FOR STARTING THE CONVERSATION!” one person on YouTube said in a comment under Kelly’s video.
Kelly wants #StartTheConversation to give a platform to those who have dealt with this issue firsthand. She hopes to see changes made that can not only give justice to those that have been hurt but allow people to speak up without feeling like their voices are not heard. If you want to see more pictures of Kelly Clarkson without her wedding ring, find it here.