With the rash of mass shootings in the United States during the last few months (or even the last few weeks really) we love hearing what the media has to say, but even more importantly, we love hearing what our celebrities have to say. The best way for them to speak out, apart from the obvious media channels is through social media and in many ways it helps us to feel closer them.
Celebrities have much larger circles online than the average person with thousands of people following their every post and tweet. It is no secret that the celebrity’s opinion holds more weight than the average person, and it’s great that they’re able to share their opinions with us.
The Tragic Event
Micah Xavier Johnson opened fire on the crowd at a Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas on July 7; he was specifically targeting white individuals, especially police officers. Six people, including Johnson, were killed in the shooting in downtown Dallas. Johnson was a former Army member and he was killed when police sent in a bomb via robot to kill him after he was negotiating with law enforcement via phone.
America was saddened, and celebrities went onto social media and other avenues of media to share their reactions to the bloodshed and the larger issue of race and law enforcement.
Actress and the creator of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” Shonda Rhimes took to Twitter to explain her personal connection to the issue. She said “As someone with law enforcement in my family, I am just shaking. That does not equal this. Senseless. Horrific. Heartbreaking.”
Singer John Legend, also African-American like Rhimes, went on to Twitter to say that “These Dallas shootings are horrific. Killing these officers is morally reprehensible and completely counterproductive to keeping us safe.”
Def Jam Records cofounder Russell Simmons, also African-American, hopped on to Twitter to say “Sending love and light to all of the police officers and their families who were shot tonight in Dallas. RIP to the fallen.”
The shock and condemnation wasn’t just confined to one race. White and Latino celebrities also expressed sorrow.
Singer Christina Perri tweeted “Praying for the families of the officers killed tonight in Dallas. Praying we stop trying to end hate with hate. Only love can do that.”
White filmmaker Michael Moore sent a Facebook link on Twitter about how “Eyewitneeses in Dallas said protesters were the ones who showed cops where the shooters were firing from.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted that “Our hearts go out to the families of the fallen officers and the entire #Dallas community. Justice cannot be gained through violence.”
Sports stars got in on it as well. U.S. Women’s Soccer Team star Alex Morgan tweeted “Hurting for Dallas right now. It seems like we wake up or go to sleep reading more tragedies than not. I want to wake up from this nightmare.”
And finally, rapper and actor Nick Cannon went on Instagram and shared a photo of a protester with this text: “PEACE! PEACE! PEACE! A life is a life. No human has the right to take another human’s life! Peace is the message here! DON’T GET DISTRACTED… Hands up Don’t Shoot! “An Eye for an Eye leaves Everybody Blind.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King.”