To be honest, I don’t know what to write here. I’ve done a lot of crying in the last few weeks. Experienced a lot of shock. Had a lot of worry. Last night, I found myself listening to Aerosmith’s Livin on the Edge on repeat. If 2020 had a theme song, this would be it. I told myself when I took over this blog that I would try to refrain from getting too “political.” It’s why I’ve avoided certain celeb-related stories that have popped up in the media since February. But as a black woman and a mother, it’s hard to not say what I actually am feeling right now.
I wish I could walk through the complexities of this whole, incredibly frustrating scenario we are facing with the protests. The decades of anger and pain felt by African Americans and POC nationwide. The white allies who are also out there protesting, demanding an end to the injustice. The citizens worldwide marching and protesting injustice. But the truth of the matter is if anyone doesn’t “get it” by now, it’s because they don’t want to. Nothing I can say right now (especially in the scope of this blog) is going to change that.
I truly feel the last 2 months, we have seen the best and worst of Americans. People standing in unity against a pandemic, caring about their fellow humans, raising money to help people put out of work due to an unprecedented threat…and those who arm themselves to storm buildings, block traffic around hospitals so doctors couldn’t get to their sick patients, and spit at nurses because they are selfishly willing to “sacrifice the weak” so that they can get haircuts and go to the beach. People standing around police officers protecting them from gun yielding troublemakers; police officers standing in unison with their communities, telling them that they are here to protect them….and police officers pepper-spraying children and driving into protesters and people who have decided to drive to different states to raise chaos and “get their loot on.”
My heart is broken. I take comfort in knowing I am not alone. Here are some celeb reactions to everything going on (language warning):
LeVar Burton voices the pain and outrage African Americans are feeling
Don’t f*ck with me today, people. Today is not the day!
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) May 29, 2020
Ice T points out the injustice is nothing new
If you ask me.. All I want is JUSTICE. Some fair treatment and some Respect for people.. Is that possible??? Right now, people are enraged. We’ll see how this plays out.. But you were warned, many times.. 👊🏽
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) May 31, 2020
Janet Jackson points out the heightened level of awareness black people must live under in everyday life
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This is why we grow invisible antennae and why our children do, as well. These type of people send off signals when you merely pass them on a sidewalk. And, they pass by on sidewalks almost everywhere. pic.twitter.com/ha7BOEukXo
— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) May 27, 2020
Crissy Teigen is just sick of this Sh*t
I know your type. Maybe you don’t cross the street when a black man walks past but you want to. You say the n word among friends. you think this stuff wouldn’t happen if people simply complied. you’re full of shit and people see you now more than ever. can’t hide anymore.
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 31, 2020
Devon Sawa is too
“Not all white people”
“doesn’t affect me so I don’t have to deal with it.”
— devon sawa (@DevonESawa) May 29, 2020
And so is Matthew Lillard
— matthew lillard —Will block. 0-F’s-given (@MatthewLillard) May 30, 2020
Gabrielle Union isn’t standing for changes in the narrative
Jill. Jill. You use words for a living. You know damn well this ain't it. He slowly, ever so slowly, murdered George Floyd, who he had worked with, all while caught on video as the public pleaded for his life. https://t.co/3BCO0vXfV7
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) May 29, 2020
Taylor Swift speaks out against white supremacy
After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? ‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November. @realdonaldtrump
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 29, 2020
Tim McGraw calls for unity…. pens a song about not understanding what it feels like to be black in America
Nobody’s ever improved on the ideal that all are created equal and that we should love one another as we love ourselves…. pic.twitter.com/k0t7lIb8Z1
— thetimmcgraw (@TheTimMcGraw) May 31, 2020
Justin Timberlake (and a lot of other celebs) put his money where his mouth is:
Please join me in supporting the Minneapolis protestors by donating to the @mnfreedomfund. The freedom fund is combatting the harms of incarceration by paying bail for low income individuals who cannot otherwise afford: https://t.co/tFr8Jh7TUX
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) May 30, 2020
John Cusack joined the protesters, was attacked by police for filming
Cops didn’t like me filming the burning car so they came at me with batons. Hitting my bike.
Ahhm here’s the audio pic.twitter.com/tfaOoVCw5v”
— John Cusack (@johncusack) May 31, 2020