“F*ck The System”: The Rock World Reacts To The Death Of George Floyd
Many stars in the rock and metal community are speaking out against the horrific death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who passed away on Monday evening (May 25).
Following an arrest for alleged fraud, George was captured on video being knelt on by a white police officer for over seven minutes, repeatedly crying out, “I can’t breathe,” and stating, “My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts.” Despite onlookers protesting the policeman’s behaviour and urging him to stop, George lost consciousness, and later died in custody.
After a 10-minute clip of the brutal incident was shared on social media, the four police officers involved – Derek Chauvin, who was at the centre of the death, plus Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J Alexander Kueng – were terminated from the Minneapolis Police Department on Tuesday.
However, protests have since been going on in the city (as well as other U.S. locations such as Los Angeles and Memphis) as thousands gather to demand justice for George, with many stars joining in the rally cry online, too.
“Fuck white privilege,” wrote Machine Gun Kelly. “I’m ashamed someone who looks like me could treat another human like this, but they been doing it since the beginning of time. Our generation has be the one’s to stop it. My loyalty’s with the people. Fuck the system. Fight the system.”
“Humanity was absent,” added Sharon Osbourne. “Talk about George Floyd. Watch the video. Call the Minneapolis DA’s office 612-348-5550 and demand they press charges. Let’s not close our eyes and be complicit. Rest In Peace #georgefloyd #sayhisname.”
In a series of videos on his Instagram stories, FEVER 333 frontman Jason Aalon Butler said, “It’s heartbreaking, obviously for the man and his family, and the community and the culture, but there’s an even bigger picture here that look a certain way, that fall within a certain demographic, that fear for their lives every day.”
fuck the Boyz 🚔🖕🏼 fuck white privilege i’m ashamed someone who looks like me could treat another human like this,… https://t.co/sKxFXBbXbt— Blonde Don (@machinegunkelly) Wed May 27 20:13:21 +0000 2020
listen guys. black lives matter, period. let’s help bring justice to George Floyd by most importantly loving each o… https://t.co/0e0Qahn4lK— josh dun (@joshuadun) Thu May 28 17:05:39 +0000 2020
See the problem... https://t.co/Jhmkd3vv6H— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) Tue May 26 19:09:12 +0000 2020
I play a Cop on TV… But I’ll NEVER stop speaking about injustice… EVER. F that.— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) Tue May 26 19:13:30 +0000 2020
When these things happen you get to see how people REALLY feel... I’ve been speaking out on Police Brutality for ov… https://t.co/YXrdylzTr3— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) Thu May 28 03:37:02 +0000 2020
Get ready…. Now they’re gonna blame it on the Victim. #ThenTheyPointTheFingerAtYou!— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) Thu May 28 04:19:20 +0000 2020
Your voice matters. Your name matters. They have the power. We have the numbers. #JusticeforFloyd : Demand the of… https://t.co/6YJe1TrX7U— Rise Against (@riseagainst) Fri May 29 02:21:36 +0000 2020
I haven’t said anything about it today because I have no words... I am sad, I am angry. I want justice for George F… https://t.co/jEr6hf9Ykq— Sunshine Boy™️☀️ (@AlexGaskarth) Fri May 29 00:08:30 +0000 2020
I can’t believe that another innocent man is killed.. and that this keeps happening.. Justice for George Floyd.. #ICantBreathe— K𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧 Q𝐮𝐢𝐧𝐧 (@Kellinquinn) Wed May 27 15:41:44 +0000 2020
https://t.co/nuihisg4CU just in case anyone missed seeing this, THIS, among MANY OTHER SIMILAR INSTANCES, IS WHY W… https://t.co/jEVp72ZwaX— rena (@renalovelis) Wed May 27 06:05:48 +0000 2020
please use your voice & sign this. Change.org: The Minneapolis Police Officers to be charged for murder after kil… https://t.co/rjmeIQXW2l— rena (@renalovelis) Thu May 28 05:10:29 +0000 2020
George Floyd— Stray From The Path (@strayfromdapath) Wed May 27 09:23:23 +0000 2020
“Equal rights and justice is a mustice” 💔 https://t.co/BCbeAgKW5M— The Skints (@theskints) Thu May 28 10:53:57 +0000 2020
sign this not jus for the future but for right now 🖤 https://t.co/Cf28pFfZB4 https://t.co/IG7uCaltPZ— YUNGBLUD (@yungblud) Thu May 28 16:13:16 +0000 2020
In these uncertain times, we thought the world would be a safer place with everyone coming together but it seems th… https://t.co/aHZxcNkAQd— Skindred (@Skindredmusic) Thu May 28 12:06:20 +0000 2020
Enough is enough; devastating. #BlackLivesMatter— Sebastian Danzig (@SebastianDanzig) Thu May 28 19:57:16 +0000 2020
Hate and violence can no longer be apart of our present nor our future. #BlackLivesMatter— Palaye Royale (@PalayeRoyale) Thu May 28 20:05:05 +0000 2020
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