Protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in New York. Picture: Reuters
Protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in New York. Picture: Reuters

Netflix, HBO and other networks stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter

By Alyssia Birjalal Time of article published Jun 3, 2020

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This week, as the world rallied together in nationwide protests, rioting and civil unrest, to fight for justice of the brutal murder of George Floyd, an African American man from Minneapolis, who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes - so too have TV and streaming platforms come onboard in support of the Black Lives Matter issue. 

Netflix, YouTube, ViacomCBS, Prime Video, E! and Hulu among others took to their corporate social media accounts to stand in solidarity, using their platforms to make the message of #BlackLivesMatter loud and clear. 

On Twitter, a bold statement by Netflix read: 

"To be silent is to be complicit. Black lives matter. We have a platform, and we have a duty to our Black members, employees, creators and talent to speak up". 

In a picture message with the caption, "To be silent is to be complicit. #BlackLivesMatter", E! said: 

"E! stands in solidarity with the Black community against systemic racism and oppression experienced every day in America. We owe it to our Black staff, talent, production partners & viewers to demand change and accountability. To be silent is to be complicit. #BlackLivesMatter". 

ViacomCBS said they condemn all acts of "racism, discrimination and senseless acts of violence". 

Alphabet-owned YouTube on Friday posted: “We stand in solidarity against racism and violence. When members of our community hurt, we all hurt. We’re pledging $1M in support of efforts to address social injustice.”

Other platforms followed suit: 

Meanwhile,"Insecure" actor, Kendrick Sampson, was at the forefront of the action and was shot seven times by police with rubber bullets. 

He took to Instagram to share pictures of his scars with a lengthy caption.

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Before you swipe - If you’re squeamish - warning - these are SOME my wounds up close. The most obvious are from rubber bullets. They look gross but I was blessed to be shot directly from close range and not have much worse, ive posted some in my stories. These things HURT and are DANGEROUS. The dude was aiming for folks HEADS. Rubber bullets have killed folks and can cause permanent damage, brain damage, concussions etc. Swipe further to see some of the officers. I can see some of their names but their badge numbers were on the back of their helmets. Purposeful. ONE OF them removed his name. Others obscured theirs. I need the names and badge numbers. DM them and any other proof to @alwaysbewright Let’s do this. And together let’s end this legacy of slave catching and #DefundPolice #DefendBlackLife (check out @mvmnt4blklives nationwide campaign for US ✊🏽)

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