The Death of George Floyd: Celebrity Responses


The recent assassination of George Floyd by the now-dismissed police officer Derek Chauvin sparked strong national outrage. Protests erupted across the country, and civil unrest increased in Minneapolis.

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Celebrities use their social media platforms to share their emotional responses. They raise awareness, demand change and call for action.

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Lady Gaga:

My heart breaks for George Floyd, his family and the people of Minneapolis. Murder is murder. The cops are also citizens, the same rules should apply to them. It’s absolutely horrible and if the mayor and DA do not step up it sets a bad example for this whole country.

9:20 p.m. – May 28, 2020


Ariana Grande:

keep signing these petitions, making donations, having conversations with family and friends about it, reading and sharing links and resources … sweet reminder that it doesn’t end today or tomorrow or after you’ve posted about it once. #blacklivesmatter

8:10 p.m. – May 28, 2020


Ava DuVernay:

You deserved your breath, your dignity, your life. Don’t die on the street, murdered by the knee of a white cop around your neck. You deserve our tears, our prayers, our rage, our action. We have to act – for you – and for all that, no camera is present. We must. #GeorgeFloyd

12:15 am – May 27, 2020


John Boyega:

It just burns. Seems to be an endless cycle. The murderers must be severely charged. Even in the face of death, this man had no empathy. #RIPGeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd

7:23 am – May 27, 2020


And Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson:

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