There is fierce outrage in Hollywood over the death of George Floyd, who was pinned down on the floor by a policeman’s knee on his neck.
There is fierce outrage in Hollywood over the death of George Floyd.
On Monday night, the 46-year-old Minnesota man was pronounced dead at a hospital after a white police officer pinned Floyd, a black man, to the ground by pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck during his arrest. Bystander footage of situation, which showed Floyd stating several times he could not breathe before appearing motionless with his eyes closed, has dominated social media this week, spurring outrage, protests and comparisons to Eric Garner, who also told officers at the time of his arrest that he couldn’t breathe and died as a result of a police officer’s chokehold in 2014. Floyd’s official cause of death has not yet been released.
“Being Black in America should not be a death sentence,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said in a tweeted statement on Tuesday. “For five minutes, we watched a white officer press his knee into a Black man’s neck. Five minutes.” He later confirmed four responding officers “involved in the death of George Floyd have been terminated.
“This is what it means to be Black in America. Tried. Convicted. Killed for being Black,” Viola Davis wrote on her account. “We are dictated by hundreds of years of policies that have restricted our very existence and still have to continue to face modern day lynchings. Here’s the thing……America will never be great until we can figure out a way for it to work for EVERYBODY!!! ‘I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued’……. RIP George Floyd.”
Meanwhile, Floyd’s death has not gone unnoticed by some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, who have taken to social media with public outcries of heartbreak, anger, sadness and injustice over his passing.
“THIS MUST STOP,” Justin Bieber wrote. “This makes me absolutely sick. This makes me angry this man DIED. This makes me sad. Racism is evil We need to use our voice! Please people. I’m sorry GEORGE FLOYD.”
“My heart can’t take it, seeing what’s happened to #GeorgeFloyd,” Ciara tweeted. “This is eerily similar to the death of #EricGarner. There has to be a stopping point in the process of arresting someone. It’s all senseless.”
“Enough!!!” Lupita Nyong’o declared. “#GeorgeFloyd #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd.”
“This is not okay. And it will not stop until everyone does their part. Especially white people. I said it recently and I’ll say it again, do not let your discomfort surrounding social issues prevent you from speaking up for those IN DANGER. And reality is, until this STOPS COMPLETELY – THE BLACK COMMUNITY WILL CONTINUE TO LIVE IN DANGER,” Demi Lovato said. “DO YOUR PART. THIS INVOLVES YOU TOO. #GeorgeFloyd, I hope you RIP because it isn’t fair so many didn’t do their part to ensure you lived in peace.”
“You deserved your breath, your dignity, your life,” Ava DuVernay expressed on Twitter. “Not to die in the street, murdered by a white cop’s knee on your neck. You deserve our tears, our prayers, our rage, our action. We must act – for you – and for all of those were no cameras are present. We must. #GeorgeFloyd.”
Captioning a split photo of Floyd being pinned to the ground and Colin Kaepernick kneeling in protest with the caption, “This…Is Why,” LeBron Jameswrote, “Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you??”
You deserved your breath, your dignity, your life. Not to die in the street, murdered by a white cop’s knee on your neck. You deserve our tears, our prayers, our rage, our action. We must act – for you – and for all of those were no cameras are present. We must. #GeorgeFloyd
Nick Jonas wrote on Instagram, “Praying for #GeorgeFloyd and his family. A family lost their loved one while pleading for help and the simple act to breathe. This is inexcusable. Text “FLOYD” to 55156 and sign the petition.”
“GEORGE FLOYD If this image doesn’t disturb you and piss you off, then idk. I’ve seen a lot of people speak up and try to articulate how fed up and angry they are. All good and well but it’s the same same same reality we live in,” Stephen Curryshared on Instagram, alongside an image a police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck.
The basketball pro added, “George Floyd. George Floyd. George has a family. George didn’t deserve to die. George pleaded for help and was just straight up ignored, which speaks loud and clear that his black life didn’t matter. George was murdered. George wasn’t human to that cop that slowly and purposefully took his life away.”
Gigi Hadid expressed her outrage, too.
“And now they should be prosecuted. This happens way too often, and seems only when caught on camera are MURDERERS even getting fired,” she shared on Twitter. “Unfortunately, the only way things will start changing is if all these racist ignorant monsters have to face the consequences- behind bars.”
And now they should be prosecuted. This happens way too often, and seems only when caught on camera are MURDERERS even getting fired … unfortunately, the only way things will start changing is if all these racist ignorant monsters have to face the consequences- behind bars.
“You can not fight hate with hate, And I’m tired of being angry…..,” Kelly Rowlandsaid on Instagram. “I just don’t get it.”
Chrissy Metz shared the same sentiments. “There must be justice for George Floyd. For every life lost unnecessarily,” she stated. “There is so much work to do.”
“Rest in Peace #GeorgeFloyd. this has got to stop. it’s hard to watch a video so foul. It’s hard to think that this is still happening,” Bella Hadid began her in-depth post on Instagram. “But it is reality. And These police officer need to be accountable to the maximum degree for their obviously disgusting and horrific actions.”
“I feel so sick, sad and sorry for George Floyd and his family. There is nothing anybody could say to me that makes this encounter even remotely ok,” she continued. “He was a peace activist and a man of respect and promise. There is no reason for anyone to be handled like that especially someone that is so unaggressive. Please spread this message.”
Beyoncé and Megan Thee Stallion both shared posts that read, “Rest in power.”
“Every name that trends by the hands of police brutality and/or racism in this country gets increasingly and BEYOND disheartening,” Justine Skye wrote on Instagram. “As I sit with friends discussing the absurd tragedies happening everyday and wonder wtf can we do, I can’t help but think… what can we do?”
She added, “Spread awareness to the situation, protest (cause more tragedy for our sisters and brothers). What is so difficult for our government to understand and WHY the hell are they not doing a damn thing about it? I pray that we try to raise the youth to be better, to make this country a better place. God help us, watch over us and the family and friends of #georgefloyd.”
Colton Haynes expressed, “This story absolutely breaks my heart & enrages me. We can’t let these officers get away with murder the way the others did in the Eric Garner case. Pls text FLOYD to 55156 & demand justice for George Floyd (the Minneapolis DA’s office disconnected their phone number so calls won’t be answered).”
Eva Longoria said, “Why?!!!!!!! My heart hurts every time I read the news! When will this stop?? Please help our country regain its humanity! We are all humans who deserve to be protected. Not killed. Please don’t write any stupid comments. If you are not outraged by this, then unfollow me
Source ; Eonline.com