10 Celebs Use Their Platforms To Speak Out Against This Week’s Police Shootings

Celebrities aren’t always praised for their social justice warrior-ism. But celebrities are responding to this week’s police shootings of two black men to ignite change, promote awareness, or at the very least, join the conversation in whichever way they know how. On Tuesday, two police officers tackled and repeatedly shot 37-year-old Alton Sterling outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge and he died of gunshot wounds to the chest and back. A day later, police shot 32-year-old Philando Castile while he was in a car at a stop light with his girlfriend and a child in a St. Paul suburb. Castile’s girlfriend filmed the aftermath on her phone, claiming Castile was reaching for his driver’s license when the officer shot him from outside the car.

But these two tragic deaths join a long laundry list of victims whose families have yet to see justice. From Trayvon Martin, to Tamir Rice, to Eric Garner, caucasian police almost never go to jail for killing unarmed black men. Like I always say: if you subscribe to the notion that “All Lives Matter,” you’re part of the problem and you should probably sit down.

Now that you’re sitting, here are some celebrity tweets that have the right idea:

Rashida Jones

Roxane Gay


Lena Dunham

John Legend




Katy Perry

Missy Elliott

French Montana


There’s no harm following your favorite celebrities on social media. Often, you’ll find powerful nuggets of truth.