All the celebrities taking action following George Floyd’s death

Who is putting action where their mouth is

 

It’s hard to believe what is going on in the world right now. As we start to get back to some semblance of normality following a global pandemic, yet more examples of police brutality towards the African American community have caused mass demonstrations across the globe. While it’s hard to believe that in 2020 we are still experiencing the horrors of racism, anyone who has seen the barbaric video of George Floyd being restrained to death by the police will agree that it’s clear the world still has a very long way to go until we are all treated equally.

So while it’s easy to talk the talk of change but not walk the walk, here are the celebrities leading the way in inspiring us to not only donate to anti-racism causes but to educate and change to hopefully bring about a more equal and harmonious society.

 

BTS

South Korea’s biggest selling boyband, BTS, have pledged an impressive US$1 Million to the Black Lives Matter campaign. Announcing the move on Twitter, the seven-member group said: “We stand against racial discrimination, we condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.” And it doesn’t stop there as their ardent fans, who call themselves the ARMY, soon came up with the hashtag #matchamillion, and did so, in just under a day.  

Kanye West

One of the most vocal of stars about the problems black people still face in today’s society, West has well and truly thrown his weight behind the cause. After attending a ‘Justice for Gorge Floyd/ CPD out of CPS’ rally in Chicago, he offered to pay the legal fees for the family of Breonna Taylor, who was shot by police in her own home after police mistook her for someone else. West has donated US$2 Million which will also help the families of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.

Paul McCartney

Last week, one of the most famous musicians of all time, Paul McCartney, released a statement denouncing racial violence. Recalling the time in 1964 that the band refused to play in Jacksonville, Florida upon learning that the crowd was to be segregated, he said ”I feel sick and angry that here we are almost 60 years later and the world is in shock at the horrific scenes of the senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of police racism, along with the countless others that came before." McCartney went on to educate his audience on organizations who help support the fight for racial justice.

The Weeknd

Sharing screenshots to his Instagram of his half a million US dollar donations, The Weeknd split his donations between National Bail Out, Black Lives Matter and Colin Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp. Speaking on the matter, he said: “"Keep supporting our brothers and sisters out there risking everything to push for actual change for our black lives,urging everyone with big pockets to give and give big and if you have less please give what you can even if it's a small amount.”

Chrissy Teigen

Teigen took to Twitter to say that she was donating $200,000 to bail out protestors arrested at the demonstrations taking place across America.

Jay-Z

Jay-Z met Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and updated his followers the following: “After our very earnest conversation, thank you to Governor Walz for doing what's right and calling in Attorney General Keith Ellison to take over the George Floyd case. Earlier today, Governor Walz mentioned having a human conversation with me – a dad and a black man in pain. Yet, I am a human, a father and a black man in pain, and I am not the only one. Now I, along with an entire country in pain, call upon AG Ellison to do the right thing and prosecute all those responsible for the murder of George Floyd to the fullest extent of the law.”

Gigi Hadid

Model and mother-to-be, Gigi Hadid used her platform to ask her followers which bail funds she should donate to. Speaking of the demonstations, she said on Twitter: “Have you not seen all the videos of people peacefully protesting / kneeling / literally just standing on the sidewalk reporting," she wrote. "Live on the news getting pepper sprayed / shot w rubber bullets / arrested / etc.”

Lady Gaga

Taking to her blog and Twitter last week, Gaga asked her followers to be more aware of the blatant racism around them and choose to change. She said: “I do not wish to contribute to more violence, I wish to contribute to a solution. I am outraged by the death of George Floyd as I have been by the deaths of exponentially too many black lives over hundreds of years that have been taken from us in this country as a result of systemic racism and the corrupt system that supports it. The voices of the black community have been silenced for too long and that silence has proven deadly time and time again. no compassion by the leaders that are meant to protect them.”

Beyonce

Joining her husband in denouncing police brutality, Beyonce urged her 147 Instagram followers to donate to the NAACP, We Can’t Breathe and Color of Change funds.

Jennifer Aniston

Long known for her charity work, Aniston quietly donated US$1 Million to Color of Change, the largest online racial justice organization in the United States.  

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

The charitable pair took to their Instagram this week to say that they have given $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Speaking about their donation, they said: “We're ashamed that in the past we've allowed ourselves to be uninformed about how deeply rooted systemic racism is, We've been teaching our children differently than the way our parents taught us, we want to educate ourselves about other people's experiences and talk to our kids about everything, all of it... especially our own complicity.”

 

 

How can you help?

Enraged and engaged? Here’s who to donate to and how to educate yourself

Color of Change

Black Lives Matter

Equal Justice Initiative

National Council For Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls

National Bail Out

The Bail Project

Justice for Breonna Taylor


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Poppy covers a wide range of topics at Billionaire, having spent the past 13 years at companies including Singapore Tatler, Her World Plus and Harpers Bazaar UK. She has a passion for fashion, jewellery and travel as well as an avaricious fascination with crime novels. Follow her at poppypskinner on Instagram. 

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