White celebrities including Sarah Paulson, Julianne Moore, Justin Theroux, Stanley Tucci, Aaron Paul and others partnered with the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) for a new video which urge people to speak up when witnessing racist comments or actions rather than turning a blind eye to them.
The video has received commendations as well as criticism in equal measure on social media; several people have criticized the video and urged the celebrities to support the Black community with clear actions instead.
‘’Open up your purse and donate to black and POC groups doing direct work on the ground. Call for demilitarising + defunding the police and use the funds for genuine protective services, and for free universal healthcare and education and housing. That’s how you take responsibility.’’
Another commentator wrote: ‘’I encourage each of these actors to hire a team of BIPOC feminists knowledgeable on intersectionality to review and advise them on script choices. No more white saviour films, racially tokenized roles, and stereotype perpetuating shenanigans. Take responsibility AND take action.’’
To this commentator, it’s a no win situation for the celebrities ‘’While I admit it’s almost impossible for celebrities to win in these instances (silence = part of the problem, say something = tone deaf lip service), not making overly dramatic performance pieces that seem totally self-serving would probably be a start.’’
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