Music Icons Respond to Black Live Matters

Black Live Matters – Protests have erupted and gather around themselves in New York, Minneapolis, Louisville, Denver, Memphis Phoenix and Columbus and other cities—as demonstrators demand arrest of the four officers allegedly involved in the death of George Floyd with unfair and unjust charges. To add the fire, the controversial statement of the President has caused outraged from the netizens.

With the injustice and untimely death of George’s Floyd, the celebrities including Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber, Cardi B, and more have express their stance against the violence towards black community. 

Pop superstar Taylor Swift bravely mentioned President Trump on her tweet: “After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? ‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November. @realdonaldtrump.”

59th Grammy Award big winner pop Singer- Bilie Eilish also tweeted towards the injustices. But in a fiery Instagram post, she clarified the generational stakes for her fellow white people — listen, learn, support, but don’t make any of this about you.

“If I hear one more white person say ‘All Lives Matter’ one more f— time I’m gonna lose my f— mind,” she wrote. “Will you shut the f— up? No one is saying your life doesn’t matter. No one is saying your life is not hard. No one is saying literally anything at all about you…… All you mfs do is find a way to make everything about yourself. This is not about you. Stop making everything about you. You are not in need. You are not in danger.”

Ariana Grande addressed her 74 million followers, saying “text FLOYD to 55156 @colorofchange to put pressure on DA Mike Freeman to charge and arrest these officers call 612-348-5550,” adding, “and please sign the @change petition.”

Cardi B on Instagram wrote, “Enough is enough! What will it take? A civil war? A new president? Violent riots? It’s tired! I’m tired! The country is tired! You don’t put fear in people when you do this you just show how coward YOU ARE ! And how America is really not the land of the free! ” 

Music icon Beyoncé postedd on an Instagram strongly invoked that the police officers involved in Floyd’s killing should be charged (Dennis Chauvin, the officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck, was charged Friday with third-degree manslaughter and murder): “We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight. We’re broken and we’re disgusted. We cannot normalize this pain. I’m not only speaking to people of color. If you’re white, black, brown, or anything in between, I’m sure you feel hopeless about the racism going on in America right now. No more senseless killings of human beings. No more seeing people of color as less than human. We can no longer look away.”

LeBron James Instagramed a picture captioned “this is why” to his nearly 63 million followers of an officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck beside a picture of former NFL athlete Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem (Jamie Foxx and others shared this photo, too). 

Justin Bieber, though, posted an image of a man (likely him) atop a graffitied building looking out at the horizon, captioned “No lives matter until black lives matter” — but the graffiti is a Russian expletive that translates to derogatory slur in English. 

Madonna grooved with Michael Jackson’s hit “They Don’t Care About Us” in their kitchen, which has gathered negative connotations from people like former NBA player Rex Chapman who replied: “Maybe the worst tweet of all time. ‘come dance in the kitchen for racism’ is a weird take. To Michael Jackson? And other things.”

Killer Mike, also tweeted. “I’m mad as hell. I woke up wanting to see the world burn yesterday, because I’m tired of seeing black men die … So that’s why children are burning it to the ground. They don’t know what else to do. And it is the responsibility of us to make this better right now. We don’t want to see one officer charged, we want to see four officers prosecuted and sentenced. We don’t want to see Targets burning, we want to see the system that sets up for systemic racism burnt to the ground.”

Posted by Henry Jenkins

Henry Jenkins is a business consultant and a professor in Business Administration. His in-depth analysis on business and decision-making pushes him to be a public speaker and writer.

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