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Celebrities criticised for ‘tone deaf’ social media posts about US protests

Celebrities criticised for ‘tone deaf’ social media posts about US protests

Celebrities are coming out in force to support protesters who have gathered across the United States to demonstrate against police killings.

Celebrities criticised for ‘tone deaf’ social media posts about US protests

But not everyone is being praised for how they have approached the unrest. A number of stars have been criticised for their responses, or lack thereof.

Ellen DeGeneres

The talkshow host has delete a tweet regarding the protests after she was called out for saying “people of colour” rather than “black people”.

David Guetta

The French DJ has been slammed for reacting to the protests with a remix that samples Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, which he created “in honour of George Floyd”.

Taika Waititi

The Kiwi filmmaker has faced backlash for his tweet regarding the looting occurring during protests.

He was also accused of “policing” the anger of black people when he shared a video of rapper Killer Mike urging protesters not to “burn their house down”.


Lana Del Rey

The singer has found herself in hot water again after she posted a video from protests in LA in which looters could be seen. People asked for her to take the video down seeing as she did not blur their faces.

Emma Watson

The Harry Potter actress was accused of prioritising her Instagram aesthetic over showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement on Blackout Tuesday when she posted three black tiles with white borders around them. The images on the majority of her feed also have white borders.

Kylie Jenner

The youngest in the Kardashian-Jenner clan went on a Twitter rant about Forbes accusing her of lying about her billionaire status, which many called out as tone deaf considering the events taking place across the US.

She later appeared to backtrack as someone asked, “This is what you’re worried about right now?”, to which she replied, “This is literally the last thing I’m worried about right now”.

Virgil Abloh

The Off-White founder and artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear was roasted for sharing a screenshot that showed he had made a $50 donation to the (F)EMPOWER Community Bond Fund, with people saying he should have made a bigger donation.


Stephanie Pratt

People were left shocked after the former The Hills star posted a series of tweets condemning the protests, including one where she wrote “shoot the looters”. She was called out for hypocrisy given she has previously been arrested for shoplifting.

Marina Diamandis

The ‘Marina and the Diamonds’ singer was panned for comparing mental illness to police brutality after she posted that you’d “have to be mentally ill to be a cop”.

Kanye West

While many celebrities are criticised for what they have been saying, there are just as many who are being slammed for saying nothing at all. The normally outspoken Kanye West had been criticised for being unusually silent during the protests, until it was revealed he made a $2 million donation to support the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.

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