I don’t know about you, but I had a perfectly good and normal weekend curled up in a fetal position in the shower glugging down a bottle of special occasion “End Times” wine in between racking sobs. Basically, I didn’t do shit. But as Kristian mentioned earlier, quite a few celebrities spent the weekend out in the streets with Black Lives Matter, protesting police brutality, spurred by the recent murders of George Floyd and Breanna Taylor by the police. Some of them didn’t even post about it on social media, they just showed up! But many more took to their notes apps instead to express their solidarity with the BLM movement. Billie Eilish took aim at #AllLivesMatter types telling them to “shut the fuck up.” And Lady Gaga came for Donald Trump, accusing him of “fueling a system that is already rooted in racism.” And the always outspoken Pink!, well she just re-posted Billie’s post. But it’s the thought that counts! #thoughtsandprayers.
According to Vulture, two of the celebrities who put boots on the ground in L.A. protests on Saturday were Ariana Grande and Halsey.
As documented on her Instagram Stories, Ariana Grande joined a Los Angeles protest on Saturday afternoon, where she wore a mask and a sign that read “Black Lives Matter.” Marching in a different Los Angeles protest was Halsey; however, she recorded on social media how police officers were fighting back against the crowds. “Fired rubber bullets at us. We did not breach the line,” the musician wrote. “Hands were up. Unmoving. And they gassed and fired.”
Here’s Ari protesting but I want to know where we are gathering to protest those shoes. I will crawl out of my sobbing shower for that shit.
— Ariana Grande Today (@ArianaToday) May 31, 2020
Emily Ratajkowski apparently rode her jet ski all the way from her New York City squat to protest in L.A. Also there were Michael B Jordan, Tinashe, Kehlani, Fiona Apple and Insecure actor Kendrick Sampson who documented “how the police hit him with rubber bullets and a baton” on Instagram Live. We learned yesterday that 5G radiation poisoning wasn’t strong enough to keep John Cusack from protesting in Chicago and Vulture reports that Jamie Foxx and Nick Cannon were on the front-lines protesting in Minneapolis.
Taylor Swift has some more company on Donald Trump’s list of nasty blonds to avoid. Here’s what Lady Gaga had to say about supporting the Black community during this tumultuous time.
And here’s Billie letting Heidi Klum know where she can stick her #AllLivesMatter bullshit (Heidi posted and deleted what looked like a stock photo of “diverse hands solving racism” captioned #AllLivesMatter and later tried to say it was her son’s idea).
Beyoncé even went so far as to enlist the help of that whitewashed Madame Tussauds wax figure of herself and some smooth jazz background music to plead for justice for George Floyd. Here’s Beyoncé’s message (in part, via Vulture):
“We need justice for George Floyd,” the singer says in an Instagram video posted Friday night. “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, or anything in between, I’m sure you feel hopeless about the racism going on in America right now. No more senseless killings of human beings. No more seeing people of color as less than human. We can no longer look away.”
And then you have Jane Fonda, sitting in front of a cozy fire having pulled her Black Panther beanie and turtleneck out of storage, having a chat with CNN’s Don Lemon about white privilege.
"Because we're white, we have had privilege. Even the poorest of us have had privilege. We need to recognize that, and we have to understand what it is that keeps racism in place: the policies, redlining, banking policies, mortgage policies." — @JaneFonda pic.twitter.com/HcQmihaF3v
— Fire Drill Fridays (@FireDrillFriday) June 1, 2020
See celebs—activism and opulence. You really can have it all!