Don Lemon Calls Out Hollywood for Its Silence During George Floyd Protests

Lemon called on celebrities like Ellen, Tracee Ellis Ross and Tyler Perry to ask why they aren't supporting those on the front lines of national protests.

Don Lemon attends HBO's "Very Ralph" World Premiere

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Don Lemon attends HBO's "Very Ralph" World Premiere

America is engulfed in flames by way of protests and civilian uprising. While some people have taken to the streets to participate in demonstrations, CNN Tonight's Don Lemon chastised those who haven't used their platform to comment on the country's current state. 

"What about Hollywood? Strangely quiet," Lemon said while talking to Rev. William Barber on Saturday per The Hollywood Reporter. "I've seen them on Twitter, I see them, 'Oh, I'm loving what Don Lemon's doing' ... But they gotta do more than that."

Lemon went on to condemn both black and white celebrities for not "helping these young people."

"Yes, I'm calling you out, and you can be mad at me all you want. And what they're doing, you're sitting there and watching TV and you're bitching about it," he continued. "Get on television or do something and help these young people instead of sitting in your mansions and doing nothing. And have some moral courage and stop worrying about your reputation and your brand."

The anchor's sentiments continued into this monologue. Lemon asked the wealthy, leaders of companies/organizations, and stars why they aren't supporting those who are on the front lines of these protests. He mentioned how Beyoncé used her platform to seek justice for George Floyd and asked why other celebrities—like Tracee Ellis Ross, Tyler Perry, Oprah, and Ellen—can't do the same.

Y’all favorite rapper not getting this up close & personal. Tired of y’all not giving @Wale his just due when he’s for our people more than most entertainers. HIS WHOLE CAREER BLEEDS BLACK EMPOWERMENT. 🖤

— FLEX KARTEL (@FlexKartel) May 31, 2020

Lemon's comments come on the fifth day of uprising in America. Cities across the country—including Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., and Kansas City—have become home to people outraged by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis. 

Several entertainers such as J. Cole, Wale, Insecure's Kendrick Sampson, and others have attended protests to stand in solidarity with their fellow citizens. But, Lemon feels like there are others who could do more.

J.Cole protesting with the people in Fayetteville NC

— New Branches (@new_branches) May 30, 2020

Y’all see what I see? Nathan from Insecure right on the front lines of the protest getting swung at with batons. Proof the police don’t care about socioeconomic status, education, etc.

— Allz ♛ (@alliethestallie) May 30, 2020

Don Lemon calling out all the wealthy, powerful celebrities and politicians and billionaires who aren't coming out to support the protestors right now.

— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) May 31, 2020

"If you're not going to do it now, when are you going to do it?" Lemon asked during his monologue. "Stop making excuses."

Don Lemon is dragging every celebrity right now!!!!!

— E (@_ep2__) May 31, 2020

Don Lemon name drops celebrities who need to show their faces & speak up like:
Tracee Ellis Ross, Tyler Perry, Drake, Anthony Anderson, and DIDDY

— 🪻🧜🏾‍♀️🪼Mercy 🪼🧜🏾‍♀️🪻 (@glowin_melanin) May 31, 2020

Don Lemon is on CNN calling out celebrities BY NANE who ain’t said sh— about the protests. Don is done with EVERYONE!!!!

— Demetria L. Lucas (@demetriallucas) May 31, 2020

me watching don lemon calling out all ellen, tyler perry, oprah and other celebrities:

— flo melly (mistress isabelle brooks stan acct era) (@TotallyMelody) May 31, 2020


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