Celebrities have not been shy about using their elevated social status to influence the public during this tumulus riots overwhelming our country. Here are their most incendiary comments:
In response to news about a Kentucky grand jury’s decision not to prosecute police officers for Breonna Taylor’s death, the former NFL star tweeted “the white supremacist institution of policing that stole Breonna Taylor’s life from us must be abolished.”
Earlier this year after George Floyd’s death Kaepernick posted, “When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction.”
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 23, 2020
When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction.
The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance.
We have the right to fight back!
Rest in Power George Floyd
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) May 28, 2020
Rapper Ice Cube posted an inflammatory image of a black figure stomping on a white one to Twitter in the height of the George Floyd rioting.
I got a new dance for y’all to learn. It’s called “The Worldwide One Hood 2 Step” pic.twitter.com/n3ERNexykc
— Ice Cube (@icecube) May 29, 2020
The popstar lashed out at the President after he vowed to protect the cities overwhelmed by riots and looting in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. “After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?”
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
As violent protests surged at the end of May, The Say Anything star is encouraging rioters and looters to keep up the chaos until President Donald Trump is driven from the White House.
I hope this keeps up till trump flys away in a fucking helicopter- it’s time -people should NOT swallow another moment of fascism
Fight till he’s gone”
— John Cusack (@johncusack) May 30, 2020
A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay encouraged “plotting and protesting” in the name of justice after a grand jury did not indict officers in the Breonna Taylor shooting.
“But justice will come. And it will come from us. Pushing and pulling, plotting and protesting, piercing the blue walls designed to terrorize us. Justice will come. Not today. But it will. Until then, we give you what we can. We give you glory. That word means that we will take pride in you. We will honor you. We will never forget you. We can give you this today. And tomorrow. And onward.”
Arrest the cops who killed #BreonnaTaylor.
Their names, as reported by multiple news outlets, are Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) June 7, 2020
The outspoken leftist director posted and incendiary tweet at the end of May, “Police HQ must be demolished by the city tomorrow as a show of contrition to black America,”
Good citizens burning down the evil police precinct in MN after all police were out & safe. All police should go home. No violence please. Police HQ must be demolished by the city tomorrow as a show of contrition to black America. Rebuild PD with decent kind ppl aka ppl of color
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) May 29, 2020
The Lip Sync Battle MC committed $200k to pay bail for the Black Lives Matter protestors arrested amid violent rioting and looting.
In celebration of whatever the fuck maga night is, I am committed to donating $100,000 to the bail outs of protestors across the country.
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 30, 2020
Ooo they might need more money then. Make it $200,000 https://t.co/axuJnazJkU
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 30, 2020
The Pulp Fiction actress called the police involved in Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor’s shootings, “murders in uniform of innocent people.”
As Jacob Blake fights for his life today the Killers of Elijah McClain (who was killed a year ago today ) and Breonna Taylor have still not been arrested. these are murderers in uniform of innocent people ,arrest them
— ✌?rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) August 24, 2020
The WAP rapper sounded off in an Instagram post after George Floyd’s death, “What will it take? A civil war? A new president? Violent riots?”
The West Wing creator defended protestors actions in an interview:
“Of course people are going to get on the street and they’re going to show you their pain, they’re going to show you their anger. And you have to meet that by listening. You cannot meet that by pushing back with, what are essentially baseball bats and poison that you’re spraying in people’s eyes and noses. But that is what will happen.”
Aaron Sorkin reveals how he would write election night, 2020: "Trump does what we all assume he will do, which is not concede defeat… For the first time, his Republican enablers march up to the White House and say 'Donald, it’s time to go'" https://t.co/pGjFqoeJaR
— Variety (@Variety) September 25, 2020
The Ocean’s 11 star rebuked Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s statement urging Breonna Taylor protestors to stay peaceful despite celebrities who never lived in the state attempting “to influence our thinking or capture our emotions.”
“I was born and raised in Kentucky. Cut tobacco on the farms of Kentucky. Both my parents and my sister live in Kentucky. I own a home in Kentucky, and I was there last month. The justice system I was raised to believe in holds people responsible for their actions. Her name was Breonna Taylor and she was shot to death … by 3 white police officers, who will not be charged with any crime for her death. I know the community. I know the commonwealth. And I was taught in the schools and churches of Kentucky what is right and what is wrong. I’m ashamed of this decision.” — George Clooney, in a statement, referencing Cameron’s comments about celebrities.
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) September 8, 2017