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Celebs get mixed reaction for PSA encouraging Americans to ‘take responsibility’ for racism

A slate of celebrities received an outpouring of responses on social media Thursday after releasing a new public service announcement (PSA) calling for Americans to “take responsibility” for addressing racism and injustice.

Sarah Paulson, Aaron Paul, Kesha, Julianne Moore, Kristen Bell, Debra Messing and other Hollywood stars begin the video by each saying, “I take responsibility.”

“I take responsibility for every unchecked moment, for every time it was easier to ignore than to call it out for what it was, every not so funny joke, every unfair stereotype, every blatant injustice no matter how big or small, every time I remained silent, every time I explained away police brutality or turned a blind eye,” they say in the video.

“I take responsibility. Black people are being slaughtered in the streets, killed in their own homes. These are our brothers and sisters, our friends, our family. We are done watching them die. We are no longer bystanders. We will no longer be idle. Enough it enough.”

The video comes in the wake of nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd, who died last month after a former Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes during an arrest.

The group of celebrities, which also includes Stanley Tucci, Bryce Dallas Howard and others, vow to “stand against hate.”

“Killer cops must be prosecuted. They are murderers. We can turn the tide. It is time to take responsibility. Call out hate. Step up and take action,” Paul tells viewers.

The PSA directs people to visit, which contains resources to “demand police accountability,” “mobilize voting efforts” and other initiatives. The video was released in partnership with the NAACP. 


The video received mixed reactions by social media users. Some lauded the celebrities for speaking out and used the hashtag #ITakeResponsibility. 

However, others mocked the PSA and compared it to a video released in March amid the coronavirus pandemic of celebrities singing John Lennon’s “Imagine,” which some also called out on social media. Many urged the celebrities to make charitable donations instead of just speaking out.

Tags Aaron Paul Debra Messing George Floyd Minneapolis police brutality police reform Racism Sarah Paulson stanley tucci
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