From blackout Tuesday to taking to the streets: this is how celebrities are participating in the George Floyd protests

The world was rocked on the 25th of May after the tragic and preventable death of George Floyd at the hands of the police. A fed up and unheard society has sparked riots in America and protests all over the world. Even celebrities have gotten involved on the important topic.

Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello
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Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello

2020 has dealt blow after blow and after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota many Americans decided that they could no longer keep quiet about the police brutality and the relentless hunting down of POC at the hands of the police.

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Worldwide people have been donating to charities, protestingand posting on social media in support of the protests. Celebrities have even rallied together with the people in support.

Some celebs have used social media to call out thepolice and educate their followers on racism. Others have taken to Instagram to post a black square in what was coined as blackout Tuesday. The social media protest was started in order to allow followers the time to educate themselves on the issue instead of scrolling through social networks.

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Even better, somecelebrities are on the front lines of the protest. Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Camilla Cabello, and Emily Ratajkowski have all been spotted sporting their picket signs.

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Cole Sprouse was also arrested following his participation in a peaceful protest. He released in an Instagram post:

This is precisely the time to contemplate what it means to stand as an ally. I hope others in my position do as well.
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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.

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Halsey has been particularly vocal about the current issue and has spoken out onsocial mediaabout her experience at the protests:

The star continued onTwitterto recount her experience of helping injured protesters:

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Halsey also opened up about being avictim of excessive force, claiming that she had rubber bullets and gas fired at her despite not breaching the line:

Many people have also been unable to make it to the protests but still wanted to show their support. Celebritieshave been matching donations made by people online. Seth Rogan, Chrissy Teigen and Steve Carrell all having a hand in raising funds.

If you would also like to donate there are a number of causes available such as:
Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
The Minnesota Freedom Fund
Black Lives Matter

And for those that would like to contribute with limited funds, there are always petitions that need to be signed. There is also a video project on Youtube video created by Zoe Amira, the video is an hour long and full of art pieces by black artists. All of the proceeds from the advertising on the video all go to charities that offer protester bail funds.

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