With a black photo on Instagram and under the slogan “Black Out Tuesday”, the world of culture showed this Tuesday its rejection of racism and police brutality in the US.
Emma Watson, Tom Holland, Cara Delevingne, Alejandro Sanz or Ricky Martin are some of the artists who have joined the initiative. A silent protest that arose from the music industry but was joined by representatives of all sectors, thus showing on Tuesday their support for an initiative by Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang, two executives of Atlantic Records.
“In response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Abery and countless numbers of black citizens at the hands of the police, #TheShowMustBePaused (The Show Must Stop) is an initiative created by two black women from the world of music in against racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the streets, ”says the manifesto.
The main record labels Warner Music Group, Universal Music, Capitol Records, Sony Music, Interscope and its subsidiaries both in Spain and in Latin America joined the wave of outrage that caused the death of George Floyd, an African American who died on May 25 at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis, USA, which sparked a wave of violent unrest.
As the original core of the protest, the following by the music stars was complete. Suspended the interviews and promotional activities scheduled for the day of this Tuesday, the Instagram profiles of figures such as Rihanna, Alejandro Sanz, Dua Lipa or Ricky Martin, were dyed black. Just the slogans of this day accompany the images in black, as in the case of Sanz, who wrote #TheShowMustBePaused #BlackLivesMatter #BlackOutTuesday.
Of the few that adds something else, singer Katy Perry wrote that she has spent the last days looking, listening and reflecting on the way in which she can be useful in this cause, therefore, encourages her followers to donate to organizations tagged in that post.
“I am going to work hard to make sure this world is a fairer place for every child,” the post concluded. The reggaetonist Daddy Yankee is proud to be the son of a “BLACK” father and a “WHITE” mother, also of his roots and skin color: “I am proud of the inheritance of my grandparents given to my father, which I share with my blood brothers, family, friends and many people that I respect. Among them many African Americans who value their work and have been blessed to work with them. RESPECT! ”, He adds.
The world of cinema, by the hand of Natalie Portman, Ana de Armas, Timotheé Chalamet, Orlando Bloom, Emma Watson, Tom Holland, Sharon Stone, Kate del Castillo or Patricia Arquette, among others, also demand justice for George Floyd. Bryan Cranston, known for his role as Walter White in the series “Breaking Bad,” writes: “I make a living using my imagination, but I can’t imagine what it must be like for a black person to live in the United States. Not only now, but throughout the bruised history of our country with racism (…) A demand for fundamental systematic change is necessary. Not next year or next month, but NOW. “
Likewise, actor Dwayne Johnson (La Roca), an American by birth and with Samoan roots, points out that the “only victory” will come when “equality is finally achieved”, but for this, the police code must be “moral and ethical ”And, above all,“ human ”.
The novelist and poet Siri Hustvedt (2019 Princess of Asturias Award for Literature) denounces violence by the police on her Instagram profile and accuses US President Donald Trump of abuse of power: “That man is a monster to the collective (…), there will be no atonement or redemption without the recognition of that truth ”.
Burberry creative director Riccardo Tisci, houses like Valentino and Versace or the German sportswear firm Adidas, also joined the initiative.
The Carolina Herrera firm chains on its social networks on a black background a phrase by Nelson Mandela with another by Martin Luther King: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” And Victoria Beckham shows her deep shock at Floyd’s death. On her Instagram account, Dior stated that she does not tolerate “any form of discrimination.” “We believe in the humanity of people and in the importance of each life,” says one of the most emblematic fashion brands, ending with the slogan that has gone viral: #blacklivesmatter (The life of blacks does matter) .