I’m very proud of Halsey, The Try Guys, and Ariana Grande for not only using their platforms to spread awareness, but also of getting out into the streets and allowing themselves to be targeted directly, despite the increased danger that comes with notoriety.
I know there have been others, these are just the ones I follow who I noticed going the hardest.
Halsey was hit by rubber bullets and tear gas for most of yesterday. She went Live on IG several times, trying to keep the cops accountable. She was standing directly in front of the police line, staring them down. She stated on her IG stories that “we’ll be back” on the frontlines today.
Ariana Grande walked in solidarity with the marches in LA yesterday. You forget how tiny and dainty she is until you see her in a huge crowd. I was lowkey scared for her, just being as famous as she is among all those people. But it seems like most were respectful of the mission and let her do her thing.
Zach, Keith, and Eugene were all at the LA marches too. Keith spoke very vocally (and angrily) about the heavy-handed response from the police, and criticized them for seeming so happy and excited to use military-grade weapons against American civilians who are peacefully protesting.
Celebrities will not save the world, and the full credit goes to the activists who are constantly working and sacrificing for the movement. The “regular” black folks and other POC whose daily lives are disrupted and endangered by police brutality, who do not have the protection of status, wealth, or visibility - those are the real heroes.
But it still gives me a lil hope to see people with a large platform use it, especially when they’re willing to put themselves directly in the line of fire for black lives. That’s meaningful.