The past week has seen a national uprising and many people, including some of our favorite celebrities, have taken to the streets to protest the killing of George Floyd by police officers.
Among these are celebrities such as Ariana Grande, Timothee Chamalet, Halsey, Zendaya and many others. Ariana Grande peacefully protested along with her boyfriend Dalton Gomez and spoke of her experience saying “People beeped and cheered along. We were passionate, we were loud, we were loving.”
Actress Tessa Thompson participated in the Los Angeles Black Lives Matter protest and tweeted “I can say that the #LosAngelesProtest was entirely peaceful until the [Los Angeles Police Department] arrived and escalated it.”
Celeb couple Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello, who have been social distancing together in Florida, attended a protest in Miami holding black lives matter signs. Halsey joined the protests in L.A. with Yungblud where she tweeted that police officers were firing rubber bullets.
fired rubber bullets at us. we did not breach the line. hands were up. unmoving. and they gassed and fired. pic.twitter.com/K8YauF0APn
— h (@halsey) May 31, 2020
Cole Sprouse revealed through an instagram post that he was arrested while protesting peacefully with others in Santa Monica, California. “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,” said Sprouse, adding, “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.”
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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.
Also protesting in Santa Monica was Madison Beer who held a”Black Lives Matter” sign. Beer tweeted, “I WAS JUST TEAR GASSED THEY ARE ARRESTING EVERYONE AND TEAR GASSING ALL CROWDS.” Timothee Chalamet joined those kneeling at the Santa Monica Pier and took to social media to vocalize his support for the movement.
In a now viral video, Kiki Palmer asked a group of National Guard members to march alongside her and other protestors in unity saying “Let the revolution be televised, march beside us and show us that you’re here for us. Make history with us, please!” Despite repeated requests, the National Guard members refused to leave their posts. However, when a protestor asked them to take a knee, they agreed, which led to the protestors and Guard members kneeling together. NBC’s Gadi Schwartz captured the occurrence, which can be seen in this video.
Watch all of this. pic.twitter.com/YHq0QhXrnw
— Gadi Schwartz (@GadiNBC) June 2, 2020
Many other celebrities have continued to use their platforms to stand up for and support the black community, through protesting, donating and sharing information.