Celebrities have taken to social media to express outrage and demand justice for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who was fatally shot by two white men with ties to law enforcement while jogging in February.
Arbery was chased and shot on Feb. 23 in Brunswick, Ga. Police have identified the men who gunned down Arbery as Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34. The two were arrested on Thursday by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, 10 weeks after the shooting.
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
Taylor Swift expressed her outrage over the killing, calling 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.
Let’s voice outrage beyond posting his picture on social media. Among other things, District Attorney George Barnhill must RESIGN.
Text JUSTICE to 55156.
Dial 912-554-7200 to make your voice heard.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 7, 2020
Olivia Wilde 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.
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) May 7, 2020
Other celebrities, such as Pusha T and Pedro Pascal, have shared a petition that demands justice for Arbery’s murder. As of this writing, the petition has garnered 1,316,800 signatures of a goal of 1,500,000.
— King Push (@PUSHA_T) May 7, 2020
— Pedro Pascal he/him (@PedroPascal1) May 7, 2020
See more reactions below.
Murderers should be arrested.
— Hannah Hart (@harto) May 7, 2020
I am so tired…and so angry…
Remember his name #AhmaudArbery
— Phillipa Soo (@Phillipasoo) May 6, 2020
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) May 7, 2020
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
Justice for #AhmaudArbery.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) May 7, 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