Hollywood celebrities have taken to social media to express outrage and demand justice for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.
The black man was fatally shot while jogging, on February 23, by two white men who had ties in the law enforcement, according to Variety. The Ga. Police have identified the men who gunned down Arbery as Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34.
Both were arrested on Thursday by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, 10 weeks after the shooting.
Renowned basket ball player, LeBron James, was among those who spoke out against the murder on Twitter, writing “We’re literally hunted everyday, everytime we step foot outside the comfort of our homes! Can’t even go for a damn jog man!”
We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes! Can’t even go for a damn jog man! Like WTF man are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?!? No man fr ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! I’m sorry Ahmaud(Rest In Paradise) and my prayers and blessings sent to the..... pic.twitter.com/r1PNxs8Vgn— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 6, 2020
Following this, popular singer Taylor Swift also expressed her outrage over the killing. She deemed it “senseless, cold blooded and racially motivated.”
I’m absolutely devastated and horrified by the senseless, cold blooded, racially motivated killing of Ahmaud Arbery. #JusticeForAhmaud— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 7, 2020
Director Ava DuVernay provided a call to action, imploring others to join in demanding Waycross county district attorney George Barnhill resign for making no charges or arrests.
“Let’s voice outrage beyond posting his picture on social media,” she wrote on Twitter.
Let’s voice outrage beyond posting his picture on social media. Among other things, District Attorney George Barnhill must RESIGN.— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 7, 2020
Text JUSTICE to 55156.
Dial 912-554-7200 to make your voice heard.
Follow: @ColorofChange@Georgia_NAACP #JusticeforAhmaud #IrunwithMaud pic.twitter.com/RdOkCVfr12
Olivia Wilde, on the other hand, shared details for a distance run taking place on Friday to honor Arbery on what would’ve been his 26th birthday. The dedication run was created by Jason Vaughn, Arbery’s high school football coach, with 2.23 miles representing the date of Arbery’s death.
Other celebrities, such as Pusha T and Pedro Pascal, have shared a petition that demands justice for Arbery’s murder.
Murderers should be arrested.— Hannah Hart🌱 (@harto) May 7, 2020
Georgia citizens, call your local legislation and demand they hold Tom Durden (District Attorney) as accountable as the #McMichaels who murdered #AhmaudArbery.
Officials will pass the buck until this disappears. Don't let them.#BlackLivesMatters pic.twitter.com/G9GliwITZC
If #AhmaudArbery had been white & his killers black they would be behind bars charged with murder. Ahmaud was an innocent young man loved by his family and had a bright future ahead. We have so much work to do on racism. #BlackLivesMatter— Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) May 6, 2020
A man was murdered for jogging because of the color of his skin. His murderers haven’t been arrested yet because investigators have recused themselves. Call Liberty County DA 912.876.4151 to demand justice for #AhmaudArbery #ShowUp @privtoprog pic.twitter.com/VKF2SfCBHb— Paul Scheer (@paulscheer) May 7, 2020
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