From Netflix to CBS, media houses stand tall and become vocal in their support for justice
Around the world anti-racism protests have broken out in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Floyd was a 46 year old African-American man who died on May 25 after a white policeman kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes. The whole incident, which was recorded on camera, sparked a worldwide anti-racist protest with twitter going abuzz with #BlackLivesMatter and #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd tweets. Showing solidarity with the cause, media brands from Amazon Prime Videos, Netflix to Warner Brothers and Disney joined the bandwagon with their tweets.
Amazon Prime Video
E-commerce giant’s over-the-top (OTT) platform took to twitter on May 31 to show its solidarity with the people of colour. In a tweet, the company said that it stands with the black community and its allies in the fight against racism and injustice.
— Amazon (@amazon) May 31, 2020
Netflix, on the other hand, urged people to be vocal about the injustice as only “to be silent is to be complicit.”
To be silent is to be complicit.
Black lives matter.
We have a platform, and we have a duty to our Black members, employees, creators and talent to speak up.
— Netflix (@netflix) May 30, 2020
Facebook and Instagram
Social media company Facebook and Instagram also showed their solidarity for the people of colour by changing their logo. Where Facebook didn’t tweet anything but showed a silent solidarity by changing its cover picture and logo to black colour, Instagram went vocal on its solidarity by saying “We hear you, we see you and we are with you.”
We hear you, we see you and we are with you.
We stand against racism. We stand with our Black community — and all those working toward justice in honor of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and far too many others whose names will not be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/QvSvFG056H
— Instagram (@instagram) June 1, 2020
Walt Disney Company also showed its support and stance against racism by saying “We Stand Against Racism. We Stand With Inclusion.”
— Disney (@Disney) May 31, 2020
HBO posted a quote by American novelist James Baldwin, known for his work on racial and class distinction in America.
“Neither love nor terror makes one blind: indifference makes one blind.” — James Baldwin
We stand with our Black colleagues, employees, fans, actors, storytellers — and all affected by senseless violence. #BlackLivesMatter
— #BlackLivesMatter (@HBO) May 31, 2020
Commercial broadcast television and radio network CBS condemns all acts of racism and “senseless violence” through its tweet on twitter.
— CBS (@CBS) May 31, 2020
WB on twitter posted a quote by Bryan Stevenson who is an American lawyer, social justice activist, founder/executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, urging people to speak up against injustice.
“Somebody has to stand when others are sitting. Somebody has to speak when others are quiet.” – Bryan Stevenson
We stand with our Black colleagues, talent, storytellers and fans – and all affected by senseless violence. Your voices matter, your messages matter. #BlackLivesMatter
— Warner Bros. (@warnerbros) May 31, 2020