Written by: Briana Wright @misswrighttv
Photos from Instagram: @nickcannon @machinegunkelly @swaelee @_plugtalk_
The protests and riots in Minneapolis in reaction to the murder of George Floyd have sparked international uproar this past weekend. Controversy over the line between rioting and protesting have been the topic of every conversation and celebrities are getting involved.
We saw celebrities like Lil Wayne, Shekinah, Erykah Badu, Nene Leakes and others express their sentiment for the businesses that have been destroyed and their perspective on the current events. Most of their comments along the lines of not all cops being at fault and how violent riots/ looting won’t solve the problem.
Many of them received backlash for their statements with concern that they were more emotional about the loss of businesses than they were about the loss of Black lives. Other celebrities like Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Da Baby, and Tory Lanez spoke about how celebrities have been using their platforms to invoke change.
They expressed that some celebrities appear to care too much about displaying their activism on social media than actually acting. For example Lizzo captioned in a recent post, “...I wonder what would happen if all the big companies and celebrities who have showed support on social media came out and used their platform to let activists and protesters speak and be seen?”
Although, this doesn’t apply to all celebrities. Nick Cannon, Wale, J. Cole, Lil Yachty, Yandi Smith and more have been seen out in the thick of it- protesting in Minneapolis, Atlanta, L.A. and elsewhere.
While everyone's form of protest may vary, it's most important that we stand together during these times and continue to speak up the best way we know how.