The tragic Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shootings have rightfully set social media ablaze. Petitions, think pieces, and endless discussions have taken over all media outlets. Celebrities and other influencers are not excluding themselves from the conversation. Beyonce’ incorporated a moment of silence during the Glasgow stop of her Formation World Tour, featuring the names of victims of police brutality, in addition to a powerful statement calling for action via her website.
Chance the Rapper, Gabrielle Union, and John Legend amongst others took to Twitter to express their concerns.
If you're a Judge, or a politician or a fellow officer with a Conscience, what does it tell you to do? As a human being what do you feel?
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) July 7, 2016
If all lives matter… SHOW US!!! Prove it! Show us our bodies hold the same value. There is no excuse for the slaughter. None.
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) July 7, 2016
So many people work so hard to find a reason why executing a human being during a routine traffic stop is ok. IT'S NOT OK
— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 7, 2016
More black lives lost. More anger I share with the country. More broken trust we have to restore. We all must do this.
— Vice President Biden (@VP) July 7, 2016
Heartbroken for #altonsterling's family and friends.
— P!nk (@Pink) July 6, 2016
enough is enough. it's time to stand up for this. we can either sit and watch, or do something about it. the time is now. #blacklivesmatter
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) July 7, 2016
The World is in so much turmoil & deep pain that it's unsettling & this brings on many different emotions.. Prayers up??
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) July 8, 2016
How many more times must this happen for us to matter? How many more must we lose?
BLACK. LIVES. MATTER. #AltonSterling
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) July 6, 2016
But S/O to all the people that love to use the N word soooo freely but when it comes to Black lives Matter they have nothing to say…..
— Jourdan Dunn (@missjourdandunn) July 7, 2016
— Google (@google) July 7, 2016
Said it once and I'll say it a million times. As a black American I fear the police way more than Isis.
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) July 6, 2016
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) July 7, 2016
White Americans need to do a better job of listening when African Americans talk about the barriers they face.https://t.co/rmzeEG5HoC
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 9, 2016
Rapper Fabolous called on other celebs to back civil rights activist and politicians in order to implement change.
Dear commenters, as celebrities or people with a platform we do need stand up & be the voice of the people. Especially in matters like this… But we need to stand in the right way. We need the LAWS to CHANGE. Change laws to prevent Police Brutality against ALL PEOPLE. STOP Police Officers from being protected after they do criminal acts against the people they are suppose to be assigned to protect! And STOP the POLICE from killing people for NO REASON & being sent home on PAID LEAVE & NEVER seeing punishment. It's the SYSTEM that needs to CHANGE!! As celebrities, musicians, actors, athletes, & citizens we need to get behind Civil Rights Activist & Politicians who want to CHANGE the LAWS!!! Not Free CONCERTS.. Not just standing outside wit signs. Not public outings just to say we was there. Because all of those things have been done in the past & we continue to have the same incidents happen. I do believe those things show our unity but we have to get behind movements to CHANGE these LAWS! If there's no consequence behind COPS killing citizens & the judicial system protecting them how will it ever CHANGE?? A concert won't change that, protesters with signs won't change that, & marches with celebrities haven't changed it either. We need PEOPLE IN POWER to address these matters. We have to DEMAND CHANGE WITHIN THE SYSTEM!!!! When America thought the country was in danger from DRUGS they CHANGED LAWS. The Rockefeller Laws, The Kingpin Statute & the RICO law all were laws instituted in the country's worst drug times. Well now we're in our worst times & we need LAWS to protect the PEOPLE. Ps. Don't just expect rappers/musicians to be a VOICE. We need our Sports Heroes to speak up too. Not all but a lot of them stay clear of political issues, but we need their voices to be heard too. They impact people as much as musicians IF NOT MORE.
Complex media also released the following statement.
Kim Kardashian tweeted her support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, in addition to a call for action made via her website
BLACK LIVES MATTER https://t.co/4Jn8VOPVBU
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) July 8, 2016
NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony took to Instagram to call on fellow athletes to “step up and take charge”
First off let me start off by saying " All Praise Due To The Most High." Secondly, I'm all about rallying, protesting, fighting for OUR people. Look I'll even lead the charge, By Any Means Necessary. We have to be smart about what we are doing though. We need to steer our anger in the right direction. The system is Broken. Point blank period. It has been this way forever. Martin Luther King marched. Malcolm X rebelled. Muhammad Ali literally fought for US. Our anger should be towards the system. If the system doesn't change we will continue to turn on the TVs and see the same thing. We have to put the pressure on the people in charge in order to get this thing we call JUSTICE right. A march doesn't work. We tried that. I've tried that. A couple social media post/tweet doesn't work. We've all tried that. That didn't work. Shooting 11 cops and killing 5 WILL NOT work. While I don't have a solution, and I'm pretty sure a lot of people don't have a solution, we need to come together more than anything at this time. We need each other. These politicians have to step up and fight for change. I'm calling for all my fellow ATHLETES to step up and take charge. Go to your local officials, leaders, congressman, assemblymen/assemblywoman and demand change. There's NO more sitting back and being afraid of tackling and addressing political issues anymore. Those days are long gone. We have to step up and take charge. We can't worry about what endorsements we gonna lose or whose going to look at us crazy. I need your voices to be heard. We can demand change. We just have to be willing to. THE TIME IS NOW. IM all in. Take Charge. Take Action. DEMAND CHANGE. Peace7 #StayMe7o
Lala Anthony dedicated this heartfelt Instagram post to son Kiyan.
Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, spoke out on the shooting of Philando Castile which was broadcast live on Facebook.
Queen Latifah proclaimed “I’m Black wherever I go” while discussing her take on the shootings during a visit to the Today show.
View President Obama’s statement below
All in all, it’s great to see individuals of influence speak out on social issues, especially when such issues directly impact the audience that supports them. Do you expect the celebrities or public figures you support to speak out about social issues? How do your views change when their opinions don’t align with your beliefs?