George Floyd’s death has shaken the world. Hearing about racism and hate crimes is one thing but watching the video of an unarmed black man slowly losing his breath at the hands of a white person can shake you to the core.
However, being absolutely shocked by this video also reflects on the ignorance of non-black people because African Americans have been going through the brutal acts of lynching for centuries now.
To pay respect to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, K-pop fans have decided to halt their activities on Twitter. We all know how large this fandom is in number because a new song by their favorite artists begins to trend in a matter of minutes on social media platforms. However, the fans have decided to give black movement massive space on social media so that all major tweets and posts are related to it.
Floyd’s brutal murder has led to widespread protests in the United States as he was choked to death by a white police officer who refused to remove his knee from Floyd’s neck. “I can’t breathe” were the last words we heard from the victim as he passed away and added to one more death under hate crime and blatant racism.
So, K-pop fans have stopped making hashtags and sharing the music of bands like Back Pink and BTS to show their support for #BlackLivesMatter. BTS fans, known as the army, decided to censor the names of the band members especially when rapper Min Yoon-gi started a live stream on May 28th. Here are some tweets from the popular K-pop fan accounts.
In another news, Taylor Swift took to her social media platforms to call out Trump on his racist policies. Now, this is a celebrity who is known to stay neutral during all the political wars so the magnitude of the situation must be quite big that Swift couldn’t hold it in anymore.
She criticized the commander-in-chief’s response to the protests and said, “After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? ‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November. @realdonaldtrump.”
Her tweet mentioned Donald Trump because he threatened the protestors and issued a quite blunt warning in response to their violence. “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen,” the president wrote about people protesting a police killing of a black man. “Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”
Taylor Swift’s statement quickly became her most-liked tweet according to Twitter as it crossed 1 million likes in less than 5 hours.
Previously, when Swift decided to campaign for the Democrats, President Trump was quite unhappy. He said, “Let’s say that I like Taylor’s music about 25 percent less now, OK?”
Let’s see what he has to say this time.