Ellen DeGeneres tried to speak out in support of Black Lives Matter and it massively backfired

Sanjana Varghese
Monday 01 June 2020 09:30
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Over the weekend, celebrities who were silent about the ongoing unrest in the US spoke out.

Protests have erupted around the country against police brutality and violence as a result of the murder of George Floyd, a black man, in Minneapolis.

As the protests spread to more cities over the week, starting from Minneapolis and reaching New York, LA, DC, Atlanta and countries around the world, celebrities with power and influence stepped up to use their platforms to bring awareness to the situation.

Some of them decided to put their money where their mouth is and donate to various bail funds and organisations around the US, such as Chrissy Teigen and Seth Rogan.

Ellen DeGeneres, who previously faced criticism after comparing lockdown to solitary confinement, posted a tweet saying that she was listening to what people had been saying and that “we needed to change”.

That tweet has since been deleted, as people criticised the tone of her message as well as the fact that she didn’t seem to have done anything meaningful.

In the tweet, she said: “Like so many of you, I am angry and I am sad. People of color in this country have faced injustice for far too long. For things to change, things must change. We must commit ourselves to this change with conviction and with love."

On Twitter, people pointed out that what she was saying was just PR talk.

Other people also pointed out that Ellen said people of colour, as opposed to black people.

Since then, Ellen has posted a revised tweet, as well as details of which organisations she was donating to.

Better than nothing, although given her huge platform, people still wondered why she didn't go further if it was a cause she felt passionately about.

Wonder what her good friend George W Bush has to say...?

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