On Tuesday, June 2, celebrities and entertainment industry executives took place in #BlackoutTuesday, a movement started by key members of the music world. Atlantic Records executives, Brianna Agyemang and Jamila Thomas, took to Instagram and told followers that “the show must be paused” as a response to the tragic death of George Floyd.
“We are tired and can’t change things alone. This is a call to action for those of us who work in music/entertainment/show business to pause on Tuesday, June 2 because the show can’t just go on as our people are being hunted and killed,” Briana and Jamila wrote on Instagram. “Use this time on Tuesday to come together and figure out how we can hold our partners, colleagues and companies alike, accountable to come up with and execute a plan that actively supports and protects the VERY CULTURE that it profits from.”
— theshowmustbepaused (@pausetheshow) June 1, 2020
For those who missed it, on May 25, George — a 46-year-old, unarmed black man — died in Minneapolis, MN, after a police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. The white officer — Derek Chauvin — did not move even as George repeatedly said “I can’t breathe,” as heard in a video captured by bystanders. The officer has since been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Along with music industry leaders — who have given their employees the day off “to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community” — many actors and entertainment industry members have also taken to social media to share their participation in #BlackoutTuesday. Instagram has become flooded with plain black images, along with a hashtag that goes along with the movement.
“We see your pain. We see your frustration. We hope that today, you can rest,” The Show Must Be Paused account posted. “We see your logos. We see your hashtags. Now we want to see your plans.”
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