During the Saturday night broadcast from CNN Tonight host Don Lemon, he asked a simple question: "What about Hollywood?" Despite protests against police brutality that dominated the country for several days, he noted that members of the entertainment industry were "strangely quiet".
While the demonstrations – provoked by indignation over the death of George Floyd – the anchor spoke bluntly with a very specific audience of, in his words, "gazillionaires and movie stars".
"Stop making excuses," he accused, suggesting that many celebrities are too concerned with their brands to position themselves.
Whether stimulated by Lemon's words or not, more celebrities appear to be speaking on Sunday. Lady Gaga released a long statement via social media, in which she stated, among other things, that “at this moment it is a critical moment for the black community to be supported by all other communities, so that we can interrupt something that is inherently wrong. "
Anna Kendrick shared a video showing aggressive police tactics from demonstrations across the country, punishing police officers for using excessive force: "They couldn't stop themselves from shamelessly escalating things," she wrote. "Even for a few days, even cynically, even optically."
Sarah Silverman expressed her feelings on a topic where she tried to explain the psychological number of systemic prejudice to those who were lucky enough not to experience it.
Lil Nas X communicated in the lingua franca of his generation, using SpongeBob SquarePants memes to echo Don Lemon's feelings.
Ellen DeGeneres said she was angry and sad.
NBA legend, Airplane! co-actor and prolific writer Kareem Abdul Jabbar went much deeper than a tweet, writing an opinion article to the Los Angeles Times, which explains exactly how the weekend riots went. The title of his play? "Don't you understand the protests? What you're seeing is people pushed to the limit." It could also easily have been called "Emailing your white, conservative uncle, if you have one. Maybe it helps."
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