John Legend reminds George Floyd protesters to stay safe during pandemic, clarifies he doesn't support vandals
John Legend has voiced his support for those protesting over George Floyd's death, donating to organizations who support protesters along with Chrissy Teigen
Protests over the death of George Floyd are happening nationwide with several celebrities in support, but John Legend is making sure health and safety are not forgotten. The 'Bigger Love' singer is warning those in the crowd that Covid-19 is still a deadly virus and still out there. Legend shared his support for Floyd but reminded people to adhere to the safety precautions and social distancing guidelines on Twitter to protect themselves and stop the spread of the virus.
On Saturday, May 30, in addition to a message from his wife, Chrissy Teigen, who said she is "donating $100,000 to the bailouts of protesters across the country," Legend said he would be donating to three organizations that support the protests: The Bail Project, Movement 4 Black Lives and the National Lawyers Guild. "Americans have the first amendment right to peacefully protest oppression and injustice. Chrissy and I will be donating to these 3 organizations which are organizing, supporting and defending those marching for justice: @Mvmnt4BlkLives @nlgnews @bailproject," he wrote in his tweet.
On May 31, the tweet was followed by his message on safety. "Please stay as safe as you can. There is still a deadly virus that thrives on people being really close to each other. Distance as much as possible and wear a mask to protect yourself and others!" he said.
Legend went on to clarify the bailout support is not in favor of those destroying property or causing harm on others. "Some of you think that supporting a bailout fund means we're supporting people who intentionally harm people or destroy property because 'why would the police arrest and jail peaceful protesters?'" he wrote.
Lizzo is also addressing racism in the country as well as the violence at protests in Minneapolis on Sunday on an Instagram Live session. Lizzo also shared that her support for protestors isn't in line with vandals. "I hope that everybody can just really see this shit for what it is," she said, adding, "Open your mind, open your heart, listen, believe ... When you see that vandalism, when you see that senseless violence, know that that ain't us."
She also spoke on the safety measures with specific mention of PPE. "Wear a mask, wear some gloves, wear some goggles. We're still in a pandemic," she said.