Which Celebrities Came To Show Their Support At George Floyd’s Minneapolis Memorial Service?
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The death of black man George Floyd at the hands of white police officer Derek Chauvin sparked worldwide protests against police brutality. It drew particular attention from celebrities that have supported the Black Lives Matter Movement and donated to charities and the families of Floyd and other black victims. This was the first of several services that will be held across communities where Floyd spent most of his life.
Kevin Hart And Ludacris Were Emotional At George Floyd’s Memorial Service
A mural of Floyd was projected above the stage as he was eulogized by Rev. Al Sharpton. Noticeably you could see comedian Kevin Hart sitting next to Ludacris both wearing dark-tinted sunglasses. Hart specifically asked that his presence not be announced because he did not want to take away from honoring Floyd’s memory or make a scene. While they were seen smiling at one point, things got more somber for the pair as the service went on. Both of them opted to not wear face masks in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. It was easy to tell that their expressions were that of sadness and they were overcome with emotions.
However, there were quite a few people wearing face masks including Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey who fell to his knees and sobbed in front of Floyd’s casket. The tearful moment was caught on camera as his wife Sarah Clarke stood by to support him. St.Paul Mayor Melvin Carter gave the casket a fist bump as he walked by.
Other Notable Stars Attended The Service
Rapper T.I., actor Tyrese Gibson, rapper Master P and film producer Will Packer all came to pay their respects to Floyd and his family. Rev. Jesse Jackson and 15-year old Black-ish star Marsai Martin were also in attendance. But it was the presence of actress Tifanny Haddish that sent the internet into a frenzy. At one point, Sharpton began to announce that certain celebs were in the building, but he forgot to announce Haddish’s name. People thought this was distasteful as it was taking away from the reason why everyone was there. This led Haddish to post on Twitter because she wanted to make it known that it’s not about her being announced at the memorial. She said, “I was blessed and honored to be asked to attend the memorial service of George Floyd, our brother, who was murdered, which led us to this moment.”
She continued saying “Please don’t squander this critical moment to make sh*t up about me. Channel that energy into important work…like honoring our fallen brothers and sisters and stopping this horrible cycle once and for all.” This was after people began tweeting that she was angry that her name was not initially announced and was only there for attention. At one point, Haddish was seen standing on stage during the eulogy which made people question if she wanted to overshadow the purpose of the event.
George Floyd’s next memorial service including a public viewing and a private viewing is on Saturday in North Carolina where more celebrities are expected to attend.