Beyonce and Cardi B among celebs to honour George Floyd – as Taylor Swift condemns Trump response

Celebrities from Taylor Swift to John Boyega have joined the ranks expressing disgust over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis – condemning the response of Donald Trump and showing support for protests against how police treat black Americans.

Mr Floyddied after white officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on his neck for at least eight minutes, having handcuffed him and pinned him to the ground while arresting him for allegedly using a fake $20 note in a shop.

The 46-year-old can be heard in widely-circulated phone footage saying he could not breathe, before paramedics are seen lifting him on to a stretcher and into an ambulance – he was later pronounced dead in hospital.

Protests have broken out in Minneapolis and other cities across the US – and dozens of celebrities have lent their backing to the demonstrations.

George Floyd. Pic: Shutterstock
Image:George Floyd died while a white police officer knelt on his neck

Speaking in a video on Instagram, Cardi B said she thought people were “tired” of repeatedly peacefully protesting against police brutality with seemingly little result, adding: “This is what people have to resort to.”

“Seeing people looting and growing extremely outraged, it makes me like, yes, finally, finally motherf*****s are going to hear us now,” she said.

“As much as people are so against it, at this point I feel like I’m not against it, although it does scare me and I don’t want anybody to get hurt.”

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Enough is enough! What will it take ? A civil war ? A new president? Violent riots ? It’s tired ! I’m tired ! The country is tired !You don’t put fear in people when you do this you just show how coward YOU ARE ! And how America is really not the land of the free !

A post shared by Cardi B (@iamcardib) on May 26, 2020 at 7:00pm PDT

Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper said: “Swift dramatic change only comes via revolution.”

Beyonce added a tribute to Mr Floyd on her website, which read: “Rest in power George Floyd.”

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#JusticeForFloyd

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Star Wars actor John Boyega also joined the conversation, writing on Instagram: “So heartbreaking to hear about the continuous cycle of violence aimed at black people by racist cops. Murder charges only.”

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay said: “You deserved your breath, your dignity, your life. Not to die in the street, murdered by a white cop’s knee on your neck.

“You deserve our tears, our prayers, our rage, our action. We must act – for you – and for all of those were no cameras are present. We must.”

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Ariana Grande shared a link to a Change.org petition calling for justice for Mr Floyd’s death.

Kim Kardashian, LeBron James, Naomi Campbell, Diddy, Katie Holmes and Vanessa Hudgens also paid tribute.

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STILL!!!! 🤬😢😤

A post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on May 27, 2020 at 9:43am PDT

Mandy Moore and Demi Lovato both advocated for white people to also get involved in action against police brutality, with the latter writing: “Education will be the light that darkens ignorance in these terrifying times.

“If you are not standing up for the black community – you are a part of the problem.

“Please do not stop speaking up until all of this stops.”

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This is what racism looks like. Education will be the light that darkens ignorance in these terrifying times. If you are not standing up for the black community – you are a part of the problem. Please do not stop speaking up until all of this stops. #blacklivesmatter | pyramid by @theconsciouskid

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Others have directed their anger towards the US president, whose response to the protests has been condemned.

Twitter has hidden tweets from Mr Trump and the official White House account for “glorifying violence”, after both accounts suggested the army could be deployed to Minneapolis to break up the protests.

The tweets included the phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts”, which Twitter said violated “rules about glorifying violence”.

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“It is certain, in any case, that ignorance allied with power is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. “ -James Baldwin #rip #georgefloyd I send love to his family and friends. This is heartbreaking.

A post shared by Katie Holmes (@katieholmes212) on May 26, 2020 at 4:05pm PDT

Pop star Taylor Swift tweeted: “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.”

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George Floyd was killed at the hands of 4 officers in Minneapolis on Monday. The video is abhorrent. He should be alive. Getting killed by the police is the 6th leading cause of death of young black men in this country. White friends: We can’t let our discomfort, ego, or belief that this work doesn’t include us, prevent us from acknowledging our privilege and that we have the burden of dismantling white supremacy. We do. We can not be complacent. We can not be silent. We need to have this conversation with our families and friend and coworkers. Let’s turn outrage into action. It starts with texting FLOYD to 55156 to demand that the officers who murdered George Floyd are arrested and charged. The link in my bio was compiled by @sarahsophief and has tangible things we can all do to educate ourselves (articles, films, who to follow on social media, organizations that need our funding, etc…) and disrupt the system from which we benefit. #georgefloyd

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Mr Trump’s presidential predecessor Barack Obama has also issued a statement calling for a “new normal” in US policing following the death of Mr Floyd.

Mr Obama called for the end of “bigotry” and “unequal treatment” of black people.

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— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 27, 2020

‘The People have had Enough!”

— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) May 29, 2020

Chauvin and the three other officers at the scene of the incident on Monday have since been sacked from the local police department, while calls to have them prosecuted have continued to increase.

Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey said earlier this week that if anyone else had carried out the same act as Chavin, “they’d already be behind bars.”

He added: “That’s why today I’m calling on Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to charge the arresting officer in this case.”

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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