Lady Gaga called President Donald Trump a “racist” and a “fool” in a lengthy post following protests that have swept across the U.S. since the death of George Floyd.
The Chromatica singer called for change as she accused Trump of fueling racist activity, saying the president “holds the most powerful office in the world,” yet offers “nothing but ignorance and prejudice.”
“We have known for a long time that President Trump has failed,” she said in a statement posted on her Twitter and Instagram pages. “He holds the most powerful office in the world, yet offers nothing but ignorance and prejudice while black lives continue to be taken.
“We have known he is a fool, and a racist, since he took office. He is fuelling a system that is already rooted in racism, and racist activity, and we can all see what is happening. It’s time for a change.”
Gaga began her statement saying she had “a lot of things to say,” but was afraid of saying anything that would “incite further anger.”
“I do not wish to contribute to more violence, I wish to contribute to a solution,” she said. “I am as outraged by the death of George Floyd as I have been by the deaths of exponentially too many black lives over hundreds of years that have been taken from us in this country as a result of systematic racism and the corrupt systems that support it.
“The voices of the black community have been silenced for too long and that silence has proven deadly time and time again. And no matter what they do to protest, that are still met with no compassion by the leaders that are meant to protect them.”
“Everyday people in America are racist, that’s a fact,” Gaga noted, and said it was a “critical time” for the black community to be supported by others “so we can put a stop to something that is intrinsically wrong.”
She added: “I urge people to speak gently to each other, speak with passion, inspiration, and impress the importance of this issue until the systems that keep us sick die, instead of people we love. We MUST show our love for the black community.”
The singer also acknowledged her privilege as a white woman, adding: “We haven’t, as a privileged community, done enough to fight racism and stand up for those people who are being killed by it.
“This isn’t justice. This is an epic tragedy that defines our country and has for a long time. I am sad. I am angry. And I will use the words that I can find to try to communicate what needs to change in as an effective and non-violent way as possible for me.”
Gaga’s statement comes after Taylor Swift called out Trump on Friday, criticizing him for “stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism” throughout his presidency.
“After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?” Swift wrote on Twitter in a post, tagging Trump. “‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November,” she added.
Trump sparked outrage this week after he branded protesters in Minneapolis “thugs,” adding “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” in a tweet that was flagged by Twitter. The line was uttered by Miami Police Chief Walter Headley in a 1967 speech where he stated that violent protests should be met with deadly force.
Protests started in Minneapolis after the death of Floyd, a black man, in police custody on Monday and then spread to cities across the U.S. Video footage showed a police officer pressed a knee on Floyd’s neck while he gasped that he couldn’t breathe. The officer, Derek Chauvin, was arrested on Friday and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin has been fired from the police department, along with three other officers.
But the unrest, decrying years of police killings of black people, has now spread to dozens of cities across the U.S.
Many of the demonstrations have descended into violence as protesters clashed with police, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets in some cities.
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