After the death of George Floyd
The hashtag #blackouttuesday is currently used to commemorate the victims of racism and police violence on social media. Numerous celebrities take part in the action launched by the music industry after George Floyd’s death. On Instagram alone, more than 14 million posts were collected by 6 p.m.
To show their solidarity, in addition to conventional users, many musicians, actors and influencers also post a black picture. Among others, the musicians Rihanna (32), Ariana Grande (26) and Justin Bieber (26) as well as the actors Aaron Paul (40), Jake Gyllenhaal (39), Jennifer Aniston (51), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ( 48) and Emilia Clarke (33) – to name just a few. Athletes such as NBA legend Michael Jordan (57) also took part in the campaign.
Many German stars also want to set an example. The singers Mark Forster (37) and Adel Tawil (41) and their colleague Lena Meyer-Landrut (29) each posted a black picture. Athletes like Mario Götze (27) and Jerome Boateng (31), as well as model Stefanie Giesinger (23) are also supporters of the campaign.
The action originated in the music industry. Under the motto “#TheShowMustBePaused” (in German for example: “The show has to pause.”), The entire music industry in the USA should rest on June 2nd. “In response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other black citizens by the police,” says the initiative’s official website .
Various record labels such as Warner Records also assured their support in advance . In addition, participating US radio stations can cancel their programs, while music stations such as MTV and VH1 also stop their programs for 24 hours. The streaming service Spotify had also announced that it would place completely silent tracks of eight minutes and 46 seconds in selected playlists and podcasts – the length of time that a US policeman knelt on May 25th on Floyd’s neck and thus the death of the Man caused.
Afro-American music producers Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang created #TheShowMustBePaused (based on the Queen classic “The Show Must Go On”).