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Many celebrities including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, and Ariana Grande have taken to Twitter and Instagram to honor George Floyd’s memory while also demanding justice for his death. They have used their large platforms to speak out against racism and police brutality.

Here’s what they’ve been saying:

Beyoncé

“We need justice for George Floyd,” Beyoncé said in an Instagram video posted on Friday. “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 by the racism going on in America right now. “

 

Rihanna

“Watching my people get murdered and lynched day after day pushed me to a heavy place in my heart!” Rihanna wrote in an Instagram post. “To the point of staying away from socials, just to avoid hearing the blood-curdling agony in George Floyd’s voice again, begging over and over for his life!!! The look of enticement, the pure joy, and climax on the face of this bigot, murderer, thug, pig, bum, Derek Chauvin, haunts me!! I can’t shake this.”

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For the last few days, the magnitude of devastation, anger, sadness I’ve felt has been overwhelming to say the least! Watching my people get murdered and lynched day after day pushed me to a heavy place in my heart! To the point of staying away from socials, just to avoid hearing the blood curdling agony in George Floyd’s voice again, begging over and over for his life!!! The look of enticement, the pure joy and climax on the face of this bigot, murderer, thug, pig, bum, Derek Chauvin, haunts me!! I can’t shake this! I can’t get over an ambulance pulling up to an arrest, a paramedic checking a pulse without removing the very thing that’s hindering it! Is this that fucking normal??? If intentional MURDER is the fit consequence for “drugs” or “resisting arrest”….then what’s the fit consequence for MURDER???! #GeorgeFloyd #AhmaudArbery #BreonnaTaylor

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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga posted a lengthy statement on Twitter where she addressed Trump’s presidency, as well as systemic racism in the United States. “We MUST show our love for the black community,” she wrote. “As a white, privileged woman, I take an oath to stand by that. We haven’t, as a privileged community, done enough to fight racism and stand up for those people who are being killed by it.”

Cardi B

Cardi has been active very on Instagram and Twitter about this issue, sharing a lot of resources and posts to honor Floyd’s memory. “Enough is enough!” the rapper captioned in one post. “What will it take? A civil war? A new president? Violent riots? It’s tired! I’m tired! The country is tired! You don’t put fear in people when you do this you just show how coward YOU ARE! And how America is really not the land of the free!”

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish’s post combatted the common response of “All Lives Matter,” where Billie used a couple of analogies to explain why that response is truly nonsensical. “Right now, right in this moment, we have to address hundreds of years of oppression of black people,” she wrote. “The slogan of #BlackLivesMatter does not mean that other lives don’t. It’s calling attention to the fact that society clearly thinks that black lives don’t f*cking matter!!!! And they f*cking do!!!”

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#justiceforgeorgefloyd #blacklivesmatter

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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift took to Twitter on Friday to respond to President Trump’s reaction to the protests in Minneapolis. “After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?” Taylor wrote. “When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November.”

Ariana Grande

In addition to listing resources, Ariana shared a post highlighting white privilege “Our black friends need us to show up and to be better and to be vocal,” the singer-songwriter wrote. “Now more than ever. Online. Offline even more so. This is more than a post. We have to show up. There is work that needs to be done and it is absolutely on us to do it.”

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again, i ask my followers to please keep signing these petitions, making donations if u are able to, continue having conversations w family and friends about racism (overt and covert) and the senseless acts of murder that happen in this country far too often, please keep reading up, following accounts on here (i will recommend some!) to keep u updated and learning and sharing links and resources.. our black friends need us to show up and to be better and to be vocal. now more than ever. online. offline even more so. this is more than a post. we have to show up. there is work that needs to be done and it is absolutely on us to do it. #blacklivesmatter here are some accounts i’ve followed that have helped me understand more about my privilege and how to use it to help others. @privtoprog @rachel.cargle @thegreatunlearn @blklivesmatter please feel free to recommend some more as well in my comments.

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Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez shared the official change.org petition on behalf of George Floyd, while writing: “I have spent the last 24 hours just trying to process this all. Nothing anyone says can take back what has happened. But we can and must all make sure to take action. Too many black lives have been taken from us for far too long.”

 

Ava DuVernay

Ava Duvernay shared a photo of Floyd earlier this week, penning a post alongside the picture. “You deserved your breath, your dignity, your life,” she wrote. “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.”

 

Justin and Hailey Bieber

In their latest episode of The Biebers on Watch, the celeb couple spent nearly an hour discussing the importance of allyship with Angela Rye. Their discussion touched on a variety of issues, like racial bias, white privilege, and ways for white people to simply do better.

 

Harry Styles

In a powerful Twitter post, Harry Styles emphasized the importance of being actively anti-racist. “I do things every day without fear, because I am privileged, and I am privileged every day because I am white,” he said.

By: Dammy Eneli

See Also: Trevor Noah Speaks Out George Floyd’s Death And Minneapolis Protests

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