The Celebrity ‘I Take Responsibility’ Video Is a Perfect Example of How Not to Be a Proper Ally

Jenzia Burgos

They tried. Twitter’s already handling the Take Responsibility video’s celebs by trolling them, but let’s really unpack why this latest PSA courtesy of Hollywood’s elite isn’t even worth the iPhone camera it was recorded on. Sarah Paulson, Aaron Paul, Kesha, Kristen Bell, Justin Theroux, Bryce Dallas Howard, and more, all joined together and managed to achieve the bare minimum—if that.

ICYMI, the two-minute-long video features these Hollywood A-listers repeating variations of “I take responsibility” for all of their racist behavior. That is, every “unchecked moment,” “not-so-funny joke,” or “time I explained away police brutality or turned a blind eye.” And then…Well, actually, that’s it. There is no actionable statement; no promises to donate a hefty sum of their even heftier salaries to radical abolitionist groups. We get...

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