After the brutal murder of black man George Floyd at the hands of white officer Derek Chauvin, protests broke out in almost every major US city. Millions have taken to the streets across the country to call for justice and tackle issues of systemic racism and police brutality. There were also several celebrities that joined the protests and lent their voices in this most crucial time to make some real change. Ariana Grande is one of them who wasn’t shy to show her support and put her mouth where her money is.
Ariana Grande And Halsey Joined The Los Angeles Protests
Ariana Grande held a sign that said “black lives matter” as she marched on with protesters in LA wearing a face mask. She posted several pictures on her Instagram story as well as some on Twitter to show the peaceful protests through Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. She called for the media to cover the fact that there are peaceful protests and not all of them turn violent at the hands of heavy police presence.
You may have seen several videos and pictures on social media of some of these protests around the country turning violent. Whether it be police officers shooting rubber bullets or pepper spray, the media is portraying them as anything but peaceful.
Singer Halsey also documented her own experience marching in a different protest in Los Angeles. She said on her Instagram story that the protesters were not in any way provoking the police officers before they began shooting rubber bullets into the crowd. She was hit twice, once by a bullet and once by shrapnel. The crowd begged the police officers for empathy but they continued to use force to try and fight away the protesters.
Actor Kendrick Sampson also documented on Instagram his experience being hit with rubber bullets and a baton by police officers at a Los Angeles protest. He took seven shots to the body during the chaos.
Other Stars Showed Up To Call For Change For The Black Community
Singer Tinashe held a “Black Lives Matter” sign as she marched down the streets of Los Angeles. She captioned her Instagram photos “show up.”
Kehlani also attended the LA protests and documented the entire thing on Instagram Live. She has also been very vocal on social media about donating money to help bail the protesters in Oakland out of jail.
Actor Michael B. Jordan was also seen engaging with other protesters in Los Angeles.
Model Emily Ratajkowski also joined the LA protests and documented a police cruiser on fire on Twitter.
Protests Outside Of LA Also Got Celeb Attention
Over in Chicago, actor John Cusack protested on a bicycle while police came at him with batons. He claimed the officers did not like him filming a burning car. You can hear the police using explicit language as they tell him to leave.
Former Fifth Harmony member Lauren Jauregui joined the Miami protests and said they turned violent as people were tear gassed and shot with rubber bullets.
The Masked Singer host Nick Cannon along with actor Jamie Foxx joined protesters in Minneapolis where Floyd’s murder took place.
Several celebrities including Chrissy Teigen are also dedicated to donate money to bail protesters out of prisons. She has already donated $200,000 to the cause.
Celebrities lending their voices to the Black Lives Matter movement is important to show that they too want to make a real change in society to help fight racism.