Blackout Tuesday Posts Are Drowning Out Important BLM Info

Carla Harmon
June 3, 2020

Major broadcasters, music streaming companies and more are joining with celebrities and music labels in halting or altering their regular operations Tuesday to express solidarity with US and global protests against the killing of George Floyd in police custody. Music-based companies Live Nation and TikTok, as well as the Recording Academy, posted to social media that it planned to support and stand with the black community.

Kylie Jenner, Oprah Winfrey, Vin Diesel, Michael B. Jordan, Jessica Alba, and Jamie Foxx are among other celebs from the entertainment industry who have extended their support towards the Black Lives Matter movement. "[It is] an industry that has "profited predominantly from black art", the site states".

Most of the captions were blank, though some posted black heart emojis or encouraged people to vote Tuesday since seven states and the District of Columbia are hosting the largest slate of primary elections in nearly three months, the Associated Press reports.

From sports champs to showbiz stars, Americans from all walks of life partook in the day-long work pause by posting black images with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, after the killing of George Floyd.

Social media has been flooded with black boxes today as protest over the police-involved death of George Floyd continue.

Those interested in voicing support have been urged to post a Blackout Tuesday photo, but not to use the #BlackLivesMatter or #BLM hashtags. Interscope Geffen A&M Records have pledged to financially contribute to bail organisations, aid lawyers and charities working to help economic empowerment in the Black community.

The campaign was initially started by two music executives who used the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused, according to its website.

Instagram released a statement which read: "We're aware that some people are incorrectly running into "action blocked" messages when using the hashtag #blacklivesmatter, or resharing related posts".

Amazon Music also noted that it will not be posting to social today, in honor of the event. Similarly, Spotify has pledged include eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence in certain podcasts and playlists, the Guardian reports.

The campaign comes as a response to the death of George Floyd which aims to prevent racism and violence against black communities.

You'll also notice that this movement is spreading fast on social media.

"We are and will be in this fight for the long haul", they said in a statement on Twitter.

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