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George Floyd death: Taylor Swift and Harry Styles show support for Black Lives Matter protests

George Floyd death: Taylor Swift and Harry Styles show support for Black Lives Matter protests

Michael Jordan, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Harry Styles are just some of the celebrities that have publicly backed the Black Lives Matter movement since George Floyd’s killing.

The death of Floyd, an African-American man, in Minnesota sparked ongoing protests in the US last week, after a now-viral video showed him begging police officer Derek Chauvin to stop kneeling on his neck.

Chauvin continued to push his knee into Floyd’s neck, restricting his breathing for nearly nine minutes, until he died — the vision prompting Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the country.

Seth Rogan and Steve Carell each donated $1,000 to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, while Chrissy Teigen and husband John Legend donated $200,000 to the bailout of protestors.

Styles shared a link to the change.org petition titled “Justice for George Floyd” with his 34 million Twitter followers along with some of Floyd’s last words during his arrest, “Please I can’t breathe. My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts. They’re going to kill me.”

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NBA legend Jordan expressed his support for the black community despite having a history of taking a passive back seat on controversial issues, even recently addressing it in the hit Netflix documentary The Last Dance.

“I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry,” Jordan’s statement began.

“I see and feel everyone’s pain, outrage and frustration. I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of colour in our country, we have had enough.

“I don't have the answers, but our collective voices show strength and the inability to be divided by others.”

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But A-listers didn’t just offer up cash, they also joined protesters in the US in response to Floyd’s death.

Paris Jackson— Michael Jackson’s daughter— singer Halsey and Youngblud, Machine Gun Kelly, Sophia Bush, Ariana Grande and John Cusack all joined protestors on the ground over the weekend, with Cusack even releasing a video of a police officer “coming at (him) with batons” as he joined the movement in Chicago.

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“Today started out beautifully, seeing people come together with peace and harmony in their hearts. It broke my heart to see it all go up in flames. Violence is not the answer,” Jackson wrote.

Halsey described having rubber bullets fired at her while she held her hands up, before police continued to fire gas at the crowd.

“Do not underplay these rubber bullets bc you have been told they are ‘not lethal,’ I had to bandage a man who looked like his entire face had exploded today.

“So before you say, from the comfort of your home, that we’re exaggerating, please consider the injuries some have suffered,” she tweeted to her 12 million followers.

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Halsey live tweeted as she protested, having to update fans to confirm that she was not arrested but that “there were ppl I had to get to safety as many of them have VISAs.”

“Myself and many of my peers were shot, gassed and antagonized. The frontline was calm and did not provoke,” she said.

Meanwhile Taylor Swift took to Twitter to criticise US President Donald Trump over his “when the looting starts the shooting starts” response to the demonstrations.

Swift, who in the past has been criticised for not speaking up on political issues — most notably during the 2016 election — tweeted Trump directly and declared “we will vote you out in November”.

“After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?,” Swift said.

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Lady Gaga also took to social media to share a lengthy statement, while Beyonce demanded “Justice for George Floyd”.

“We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight. We’re broken and we’re disgusted. We cannot normalise this pain,” Beyoncé said in the video, posted to Instagram over the weekend.

“I’m not only speaking to people of colour; if you’re white, black, brown or anything in-between, I’m sure you feel hopeless by the racism going on in America right now.

“No more senseless killing of human beings, no more seeing people of colour as less than human. We can no longer look away. George is all of our family in humanity. He’s our family because he’s a fellow American.”