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Protests have spread across the country this week, with people turning out in droves in following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis by a white police officer.
Celebrities such as Tessa Thompson, Ariana Grande, Timothée Chalamet, and more have shown up to protests in Los Angeles, New York, and other U.S. cities, in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and other organizations. Additionally, public figures like Chrissy Teigen and Janelle Monáe have shown their support by making donations to go toward bailing out those arrested for protesting.
Through her Twitter and Instagram Story accounts, the Westworld star documented her experience at the Los Angeles Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday. She shared a video of those in the streets kneeling and also shared that the event was peaceful until the LAPD "arrived and escalated it."
"@MayorOfLA are you seeing this? Also, where was the robust media coverage then?" the actress tweeted.
Grande also attended the protest and fought back against media coverage of the demonstration.
"hours and miles of peaceful protesting yesterday that got little to no coverage. all throughout beverly hills and west hollywood we chanted, people beeped and cheered along," the pop star tweeted. "we were passionate, we were loud, we were loving. cover this too please. #BLACKLIVESMATTER
hours and miles of peaceful protesting yesterday that got little to no coverage.
all throughout beverly hills and west hollywood we chanted, people beeped and cheered along.
we were passionate, we were loud, we were loving.
cover this too please. #BLACKLIVESMATTER https://t.co/vD90CEtF94 pic.twitter.com/GZ6uKDfPM7
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 31, 2020
Fans celebrated Grande for using her power to raise awareness for important issues. "Ariana Grande is one of the biggest artists in the world," one fan tweeted, along with a photo of the singer at the protest. "Not only did she use her platform to express her anger and pain towards what’s going on she also participated in the streets with the rest of the protesters."
Ariana Grande is one of the biggest artists in the world. Not only did she use her platform to express her anger and pain towards what’s going on she also participated in the streets with the rest of the protesters 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 pic.twitter.com/XWgayEgfTV
— anth (@anthspears) May 31, 2020
The Masked Singer host and rapper Nick Cannon shared numerous photos of himself protesting in Minneapolis. He donned a shirt reading "Please I can't breathe," which echoed Floyd's words in the video of his arrest. "BUT THEY GON HEAR US LOUD AND CLEAR!!!" Cannon captured one post.
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Singer Kehlani also attended a protest in Los Angeles and shared searing black-and-white photos and videos from the scene. "LIVE. NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE. LOS ANGELES MAY 30TH 2020. RESPECT EXISTENCE OR EXPECT RESISTANCE," she captioned the post. "#BLACKLIVESMATTER OUTSIDE INSIDE TODAY YESTERDAY TOMORROW AND FOREVER. POWER TO THE PEOPLE."
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Halsey was also at the L.A. protest, and said cops fired "rubber bullets at us." In a frightening video she shared on her Instagram Story, you can hear the bullets being fired. The singer encouraged followers to donate to bail funds for those who were taken into police custody.
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
I WAS NOT ARRESTED.
Im safe. There were ppl I had to get to safety as many of them have VISAs. Myself + many of my peers were shot, gassed + antagonized. The frontline was calm + did not provoke
BUT MANY ARE NOT SAFE + MANY ARE IN CUSTODY
DONATE TO BAIL ORGS!!!
I AM CURRENTLY
— h (@halsey) May 31, 2020
Later, on Sunday, the indie pop artist attended the Santa Monica protest and thanked singer Yungblud, who was with her and "who literally ran exposed in front of rounds being shot to drag wounded people to safety without even thinking twice."
And a big personal thank you to @yungblud who literally ran exposed in front of rounds being shot to drag wounded people to safety without even thinking twice.
— h (@halsey) June 1, 2020
The Little Women star was also at the Santa Monica protest. The actor brought with him a poster bearing the names of Floyd, Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor, and other victims of police brutality.
Insecure star Kendrick Sampson recounted how he was hit by rubber bullets unleashed by police while protesting in LA on Saturday. The actor, who was with his How To Get Away With Murder costar Matt McGorry at the event, later said he had a gun pointed directly at him and got hit "7 times with rubber bullets and many with batons."
Glad I y’all witnessed this. Esp the video of them actually targeting us. He didn’t try to ricochet the bullets of the ground - one tactic - he pointed the gun DIRECTLY AT ME. I actually got hit 7 times with rubber bullets and many with batons. My boy has stitches. #DEFUNDPOLICE https://t.co/q6DLRnqlYG
— Kendrick Sampson (@kendrick38) May 31, 2020
Cops didn’t like me filming the burning car so they came at me with batons. Hitting my bike.
Ahhm herea the audio pic.twitter.com/tfaOoVCw5v
— John Cusack (@johncusack) May 31, 2020
Riverdale actor Cole Sprouse said he was arrested while protesting in Santa Monica on Sunday. He posted about the experience on Monday, writing that he wouldn't be talking about it anymore so as not to draw "attention away from the leaders of the #BLM movement."
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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"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," Sprouse wrote in his post. "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."
Other public figures have donated to help bail out protesters. Teigen originally gave $100,000, but doubled her donation after a commenter called protesters "rioters and criminals."
"Ooo they might need more money then. Make it $200,000," she replied to the user.
On Thursday, Monáe donated $1000 to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a nonprofit helping to bail out protesters. She matched rapper Noname's donation, and other celebrities giving in that amount also included Kehlani, Kali Uchis, and Jameela Jamil.
Actor Jamie Foxx visited Minneapolis on Friday to join community leaders and protesters in the city where Floyd was killed. Foxx told the crowd he wasn't there as "a celebrity." "These are my brothers. This means everything because, at the end of the day when we see you guys out here on the frontline, we want to let you know you got support."
Jamie Foxx joins social justice advocates in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in solidarity over the death of George Floyd: "All I wanted to do is let you know that we're not afraid to stand...we're not afraid of the moment." https://t.co/elUVBZ8dWy pic.twitter.com/StA6R7mH2u
— ABC News (@ABC) May 29, 2020
On Monday, Foxx also showed up in the Bay Area to help lead a kneel-in protest on the steps of San Francisco City Hall.
ICYMI: Actor and activist Jamie Foxx joined a kneel-in with San Francisco community and religious leaders to protest police violence and the killing of George Floyd pic.twitter.com/4WZQ0WWzY7
— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) June 2, 2020
Here are more celebrities who attended protests across the country this week:
J. Cole out here protesting with the people. He’s living his raps 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/LseTbMUszy
— BlackySpeakz (@BlackySpeakz) May 31, 2020
Machine Gun Kelly
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— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) May 31, 2020
today started out so beautifully, seeing people come together with peace and harmony in their hearts. it broke my heart to see it all go up in flames. violence is not the answer. how do we expect to bring our world up to a happier and higher and healthier way of living if we’re stooping as low as those that committed the crimes we’re protesting ? peaceful protest only!!
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Finally home from the Miami protests in Bayside. We were thousands strong and peaceful as fuck and then shit got rowdy a bit after I left and people are being tear gassed, rubber bullets are flying from snipers and police are in FULL gear. Shit is real. STAY SAFE AND PROTECT
— Lauren Jauregui (@LaurenJauregui) May 31, 2020
Cody Fern is using his platform to let a black transgender woman talk about racial injustices and how white people can help. He's also in the protest. I'm not praising him but asking where tf are all those artists who have more influence and fame?
— ale (@darfern_) May 31, 2020
Chance the Rapper
"I've had knees in my back." Chance The Rapper joins protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being held to the ground by a police officer kneeling on his neck: https://t.co/VhZaxxaNKW pic.twitter.com/r6QHCDI2RE
— HLN (@HLNTV) May 27, 2020
In the middle of the peaceful protest being lead by @celtics F Jaylen Brown, @lilyachty is giving a powerful message. “Whether you’re black, whether you’re white, green, yellow or purple we’re together.” (video posted on @FCHWPO IG) #AtlantaProtest #11Alive pic.twitter.com/wLloXXfsfc
— Maria Martin (@Ria_Martin) May 30, 2020
Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas
— Ana de Armas Updates (@ArmasUpdates) June 2, 2020
— Anthony Dominic (@alloveranthony) June 2, 2020
— Let’s Talk Eternals (⊃∪ ∩⪽) ➐ (@dequan_seely) May 31, 2020
“Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting,” @johnboyega just told #BlackLivesMatter protesters in London’s Hyde Park pic.twitter.com/P49cbwIp6P
— Haley Ott (@haleyjoelleott) June 3, 2020
To help combat systemic racism, please consider donating to these organizations:
Campaign Zero, which is dedicated to ending police brutality in America through research-based strategies.
Color of Change, which moves decision-makers in corporations and government to be more responsive to racial disparities.
Equal Justice Initiative, which works to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality.