Celebrities’ problematic responses to Black Lives Matter protests

  • Many fans look to their favorite celebrities to raise awareness about issues, donate money, and set an example for the general public.
  • Several famous figures have faced criticism for their lackluster, and, in some cases, inappropriate, responses to George Floyd’s death and the subsequent protests. 
  • Insider rounded up the celebrities who have stirred up controversy by issuing tone-deaf comments and partaking in strange behavior.  
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Celebrities have some of the most far-reaching platforms on social media. So when George Floyd died at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, people hoped that famous figures would use their resources to raise awareness about the Black Lives Matter movement, donate money, and set an example for others.  

And while some celebrities, like Ariana Grande, Halsey, and Kendrick Sampson, have attended the Black Lives Matter protests across the country and leveraged their platforms to address racial inequality in America, others have not. 

David Guetta, for example, remixed a version of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in a “tone-deaf” tribute to Floyd. And Madonna contributed a video of her son dancing to Michael Jackson’s song “They Don’t Really Care About Us” to “honor” Floyd and his family. 

Insider listed 17 celebrities who have been criticized for their words and behavior in the midst of the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests. 

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