Activists and celebrities draped social media in black Tuesday to show support for protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd.
Users flooded Instagram and Twitter with simple black squares for “Blackout Tuesday,” an online show of solidarity with the nationwide demonstrations against police brutality.
Martin Luther King III — the oldest son of civil-rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. — joined the movement along with big-name actors such as Idris Elba and Mahershala Ali. The associated hashtags on Instagram racked up millions of posts.
The social-media phenomenon grew out of a pledge by music and entertainment companies to halt their businesses and “reconnect” with their communities as sometimes violent protests over Floyd’s death roiled major US cities.
Interscope Records delayed music releases scheduled for this week, while TV networks such as MTV and Comedy Central suspended programming Monday afternoon for eight minutes and 46 seconds. That’s how long Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin allegedly kept his knee on Floyd’s neck.
But some activists raised concerns about “Blackout Tuesday” posts blocking out important protest updates under the “#BlackLivesMatter” hashtag, which was filled with black squares.
“We know that’s it no intent to harm but to be frank, this essentially does harm the message,” activist Kenidra Woods said on Twitter.
This ain’t a movie/ ain’t calling cut/ we cutting the throat of the old system/so if you ain’t with us/ then you better run. New breed. pic.twitter.com/sRop2VVhKl
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) June 2, 2020
Celebrities amplified those concerns and encouraged supporters of the movement to use the designated #BlackoutTuesday hashtag instead.
“If you are participating in this, don’t use the tag #BlackLivesMatter,” actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani tweeted. “It’s pushing down important and relevant content.”
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