Hollywood celebrities including Jamie Foxx, Ariana Grande, John Cusack, Emily Ratajkowski, and Kendrick Sampson showed sympathy for protestors demonstrating around the country over the weekend by joining them in the streets, even as many of the marches turned violent, resulting in extensive destruction and looting.
Rioters ravaged sections of Los Angeles over the weekend prompting city officials to impose a county-wide curfew on Sunday. The riots originated in downtown L.A. but spread throughout the county over the weekend, reaching Santa Monica and Long Beach. Looters pillaged retail stores as rioters set cars ablaze and destroyed private property.
Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx traveled to Minneapolis where he appeared alongside activists to show his support for their protest over the death of George Floyd.
Jamie Foxx joins social justice advocates in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in solidarity over the death of George Floyd: "All I wanted to do is let you know that we're not afraid to stand…we're not afraid of the moment." https://t.co/elUVBZ8dWy pic.twitter.com/StA6R7mH2u
— ABC News (@ABC) May 29, 2020
Pop star Ariana Grande posted photos on Twitter of protests in Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, indicating that she was among the crowds on Saturday. She emphasized the peaceful nature of the protest while omitting any reference to the violent riots taking place nearby in L.A.’s Fairfax district, where cars were set on fire and stores were destroyed.
“We were passionate, we were loud, we were loving,” she tweeted.
hours and miles of peaceful protesting yesterday that got little to no coverage.
all throughout beverly hills and west hollywood we chanted, people beeped and cheered along.
we were passionate, we were loud, we were loving.
cover this too please. #BLACKLIVESMATTER https://t.co/vD90CEtF94 pic.twitter.com/GZ6uKDfPM7
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 31, 2020
John Cusack took to thee streets to film rioters in Chicago on Saturday, claiming that police came after him with batons.”Cops didn’t like me filming the burning car so they came at me with batons. Hitting my bike. Ahhm here’s the audio,” he tweeted.
Cops didn’t like me filming the burning car so they came at me with batons. Hitting my bike.
Ahhm here’s the audio pic.twitter.com/tfaOoVCw5v”
— John Cusack (@johncusack) May 31, 2020
These were some of the peace officers – who gently tuned up my bike with their batons- pic.twitter.com/atMf8VaV6l
— John Cusack (@johncusack) May 31, 2020
Actor and rapper Nick Cannon also traveled to Minneapolis in order to participate in protests.
— Nick Cannon (@NickCannon) June 1, 2020
Model and actress Emily Ratajkowski tweeted a photo of herself marching in the streets of Los Angeles on Saturday, holding a sign that said “Dismantle Power Structures of Oppression.” She also called on the police to be defunded.
— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) May 30, 2020
Kendrick Sampson, who stars in HBO’s Insecure, was at the Fairfax riots and claimed that he was hit by rubber bullets and batons. “They shot me four times already. I already got hurt and I got hit with a baton,” Sampson said on social media.
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This is the clearest video I could find! You can see on my IG live they started beating my assistant, Mario (who showed up to stand with me – after I told him to go home ✊🏽) in the white shirt to my right. Then in this video, look closely, you can see them shoot him by ricocheting a rubber bullet off the ground then you can see me, process that shit, step in front of him and you can see several of them hit me multiple times with batons, then an officer aims straight at me, no ricochet, and shoots. And hits. That was one of 7 shots I took. They are excruciating. And they CAN kill. Go to my twitter, or my IG lives I have saved to my feed – you can see them beating, agitating and brutalizing several unarmed protesters after they started the aggression. Then you can see WOMEN, non-Black true ACCOMPLICES in the struggle- not allies – step in front to try to protect and deescalate. ✊🏽Unfortunately, they beat them with batons too. @mattmcgorry got hit. @jenniferlepps from @cpdaction got hit! THIS IS WHAT THEY DO. They were DESIGNED and FOUNDED for this. @ericgarcetti you are a TRASH ASS MAYOR for encouraging this in your city and unwaveringly standing with them. #DEFUNDPOLICE #ProsecuteKillerCops #ProsecuteKillerKKKops
Thor: Ragnarok actress Tessa Thompson posted video from L.A. protests on Saturday.
— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) May 31, 2020
Rapper J. Cole was photographed attending a protest in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Saturday.
J. Cole has joined the protest in downtown Fayetteville, NC. So remember all the rappers who were out here donating and supporting when its time to buy albums. pic.twitter.com/OjJWRLFtJy
— OBJ said ask about him (@evelynvwoodsen) May 30, 2020