29.07 2020 10:35h

7 AMAZING CELEBRITY RESPONSES TO THE #BLM MOVEMENT

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has been around for years but has recently been fueled by the death of George Floyd. Here are seven celebrities who responded exactly as they should have.
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Let’s take a look:

1. Ariana Grande

Ariana has long been a favourite among the population for being one of the most caring artists of this generation. She has been seen walking at protests in Los Angeles holding signs, as well as posting multiple tweets linking donation sites, petitions, and black-owned brands and businesses.

2. Cole Sprouse

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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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Cole Sprouse was also quick to attend the peaceful protests, but in his support against racism and police brutality, he, a white male with status, was actually arrested alongside a group of fellow protesters in Santa Monica. He has since shared his story, as well as a comprehensive document with links to donation sites

3. Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert has shown his support by participating in the Black Lives Matter protest along the stretch of Hollywood and Vine. He has also made a significant donation through his non-profit organization, Feel Something Foundation, to the black-led LGBTQ Freedom Fund, protecting LGBTQ members who get arrested.

4. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

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Together, the couple have donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, as well as encouraging their fans to do the same. In her statement, Blake states that “this is just a start”, as they both aim to do more to support the movement going forward, and “use [their] privilege and platform to be an ally.”

5. The Weeknd

In support of the movement, The Weeknd has donated $400,000 to non-profit organizations such as Black Lives Matter Global Network, Know Your Rights Network, and National Bail Out. He has also called out music industry partners and executives to investigate how distributors are profiting off black music.

6. Billie Eilish

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#justiceforgeorgefloyd #blacklivesmatter

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Billie has been active in raising awareness in as many ways as possible: attending protests in Los Angeles, advocating on social media, and driving around with cardboard signs supporting the movement taped to her car.

7. Halsey

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It’s become very clear to me that some of you need to see what I’ve seen. Please swipe through this. These pictures and videos don’t even scratch the surface. It’s easy from the comfort of your home to watch looting and rioting on television and condone the violent measures being taken by forces. But what you don’t see is innocent peaceful protestors being shot at and tear gassed and physically assaulted relentlessly. You think it’s not happening, it’s only the “thugs” and the “riots”, right? The police are keeping you safe right? You’re wrong. This is happening everywhere. And innocent people exercising their rights to speech and assembly are facing violence and abuse of power. With all of our medical professionals being CONSUMED and EXHAUSTED with Covid, there is little to no medical attention available. I have first hand treated men women and children who have been shot in the chest, the face, the back. Some will lose vision some have lost fingers. I have been covered in innocent blood. My father is a black man. My mother is an EMT. This week I had to put those two associations together in ways that have horrified me. This is NOT a virtue signaling post. But I HAVE to show you what I am witnessing with my own eyes. With Trump’s decision today to enforce the mobilization of armed forces on our own citizens, this has escalated beyond your privilege and comfort to not care. Please care. We are begging you to care. This is war on Americans. This is everyone’s problem. Everyone’s. #BLACKLIVESMATTER

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Halsey, who is actually biracial, has always been a strong, vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. Not only has she linked to petitions and donation sites, she has been on the front line of the protests in Los Angeles and has also aided protesters who were shot with rubber bullets.

A special shout out to Madonna who, after injuring herself on tour, attended a London protest on crutches!

How have you been supporting the BLM movement?

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