Netflix pledges duty to black community following death of George Floyd
Netflix took to social media this week to “speak up” following nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, citing “a duty to our Black members, employees, creators and talent.”
“To be silent is to be complicit. Black lives matter,” the streaming giant tweeted Saturday.
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
Floyd died earlier this week after a Minneapolis police officer was seen in a video kneeling on the man’s neck during an arrest.
His death has sparked outrage and protests across the U.S., many of which have become violent and resulted in the arrest of hundreds of demonstrators.
“When They See Us” and “13TH” Director Ava Duvernay lauded Netflix in a response to the tweet, sharing “well done.”
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 30, 2020
Actress Sarah Paulson retweeted Netflix’s message, tweeting, “Where are the rest of the streaming platforms, networks, and studios? SILENCE IS UNACCEPTABLE.”
Where are the rest of the streaming platforms, networks, and studios? SILENCE IS UNACCEPTABLE. https://t.co/Jq6pCwpleL
— Sarah Paulson (@MsSarahPaulson) May 30, 2020
Multiple actors, musicians and other celebrities have rallied around protesters this week, donating and urging others to send money to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a nonprofit organization facilitating cash bail donations.
Actors Steve Carell, Seth Rogan, Jameela Jamil, Patton Oswalt, Cynthia Nixon and other celebrities have all shared their donations on Twitter.
— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) May 28, 2020
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) May 28, 2020
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) May 28, 2020
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 28, 2020
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) May 29, 2020
Just matched you . https://t.co/lp0ZtdRvTX
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi Mayweather (@JanelleMonae) May 28, 2020