Trevor Noah on George Floyd protests: 'Police in America are looting black bodies'

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Trevor Noah arriving at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Trevor Noah shared his thoughts on the George Floyd protests during Friday's episode of "The Daily Show." (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

As protesters across the country demand justice for George Floyd and other victims of racism and police brutality, Hollywood is continuing to amplify the cause on social media and onscreen.

During Friday night's at-home episode of "The Daily Show," Trevor Noah delivered a passionate speech on Floyd's killing, the activism his death has spurred and the mixed reactions to that activism — particularly calling out those denouncing looting.

"Think about that unease that you felt watching that Target being looted," Noah said. "Try to imagine how it must feel for black Americans when they watch themselves being looted every single day. Because that's fundamentally what's happening in America: Police in America are looting black bodies."

After sharing a photo of Floyd on the homepage of her website, Beyoncé posted a powerful video message on Instagram Saturday and encouraged fans to sign a petition seeking justice for Floyd and his family.

"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 and anything in between, I'm sure you feel hopeless by the racism going on in America right now," Beyoncé said.

"No more senseless killings of human beings. No more seeing people of color as less than human. We can no longer look away. George is all of our family in humanity. He's our family because he's a fellow American," she added.

Here's a sampling of other celebrity reactions from Jane Fonda, Jay-Z, Jamie Foxx, Michael Jordan, Lil Nas X, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Kacey Musgraves and more.

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Text "FLOYD" to 55156 #blacklivesmatter

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Power, love and safety to the crowds fighting for equality today and shame on the society that pushed them to have to do this yet AGAIN, just to be taken seriously, just to be afforded the opportunity to be allowed to live and to breathe freely. It’s so little to ask. It’s mortifying that this continues to be up for any debate. Don’t be fooled by the idea/ media/presidential narrative that they are doing this to cause reckless havoc. It’s actually a lot of non-Black people creating the destruction and of COURSE, Black people are being framed as the AGGRESSORS. Big surprise there. Nothing about these protests is reckless, it’s the only way to combat the oppressive, constant and pervasive violence they are met with physically and emotionally every day of their lives. Even in the supposed safety of their own homes. What is reckless is how these people who have historically been so oppressed, are continuously mistreated in the name of white supremacy. These are human beings who are punished generation upon generation for having been Fucking KIDNAPPED and brought here in the first place. These protests are not just for George Floyd, they are for every single Black person who is unsafe everywhere they go; because of the threat of white people with or without badges. Love to the families who lost George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony Mcdade, Ahmaud Arbery, and Nina Pop. And the countless other Black families who fear for their loved ones just for existing. We all have to join in, amplify these stories and this cause, donate, support and educate our fellow non-black people so that they don’t have to do this Work of explaining why they should be treated as human beings. Their lives matter to me. If they matter to you follow people like: @rachel.cargle @privtoprog @theconsciouskid @munroebergdorf @renieddolodge @ibramxk to educate yourself and pass on their work, and figure out how to utilize any privilege you have for us to live in a better and equal world. ❤️ a follower of mine @50shadesofgary just said below, you can’t just shake a can again and again and then be angry at the direction of the explosion when it’s opened.👌🏽

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George Floyd. You should be alive.

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