After George Floyd’s death
The protests in America continue. After the death of George Floyd, who died last week after a police arrest, the issue of racism once again dominates public life in the United States. From Barack Obama (58) to Beyonce (38) and Rihanna (32) to Arnold Schwarzenegger (72): the celebrities share their anger about what’s happening on social media. And on Facebook itself, the staff keep their distance from Mark Zuckerberg. This is what the protest says.
The majority of people in the United States demonstrate peacefully, as seen on a video shared on Twitter and viewed millions of times. There is no thought of “social distancing” on the footage from Minneapolis, but the majority of the demonstrators wear masks. This form of protest has received great support, including from numerous celebrities.
Barack Obama, for example , shared a video on Friday in which twelve-year-old Keedron Bryant emotionally sings about the experiences and everyday life of colored people in the United States. The former president writes: “All of this should not be ‘normal’ in America in 2023. It cannot be ‘normal’. If our children are to grow up in a nation that meets their highest standards, we can and must be better. ”
Stars like Rihanna or Beyonce find less diplomatic words to let their emotions run wild. Rihanna posted a photo of George Floyd on Instagram and took a breath in the accompanying text: “The extent of my despair, anger and sadness in the past few days has been overwhelming. (…) I can’t shake this off. ”Beyonce also calls for the signing of a petition in a video and calls for“ Justice for George Floyd ”.
Many other stars such as Justin Bieber, Chris Hemsworth, Oprah Winfrey, Naomi Campbell, Pink, Elton John, Heidi Klum, Robbie Williams, Selena Gomez, Jamie Foxx, Greta Thunberg, Snoop Dogg, Kim Kardashian, Kristen Bell, Pharell Williams, Jay -Z, Kaley Cuoco and Nick Carter comment critically on what has happened in the US and continues to do so during the protests on social media.
Meanwhile, another celebrity takes the opposite position: President Donald Trump (73). Chaos seems to suit him and he not only takes up rhetoric from the 1960s, he also declares Antifa guilty of the protests via Twitter and announces that he wants to classify it as a terrorist organization in the USA.
After Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg (36) said during the week that social media should not interfere in the rating of shared content, some senior employees of the company are apparently now confronting this view. The directors of product design and management Ryan Freitag and Jason Toff said via Twitter : “Mark is wrong!” And “I am not proud of how we appear on Facebook. The majority of my colleagues feel the same way. ”
Many states in the United States had curfews for the night from Saturday to Sunday. Because they were disregarded all over the country, the police and national guards acted violently against demonstrators in some places. In an unprecedented wave of solidarity, they also receive encouragement and support from large companies such as Netflix , Disney, Amazon , YouTube or Hulu.