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June 08, 2020

Emily Ratajkowski Criticizes People Posting Black Squares on 'Blackout Tuesday'

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Emily Ratajkowski took to social media recently to slam everyone who posted black squares as part of the Blackout Tuesday campaign. In her Twitter post about performative activism, the 28-year-old model considered it the "worst kind" of virtue signaling.

"So easy to post a black square. I'm seeing people who haven't posted in YEARS come on to post a black square," she tweeted. "Your silence was embarrassing and now you can feel good about yourself while doing the bare minimum. This is the worst kind of [virtue] signaling."

As reported by Huff Post, executives Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang created the "Blackout Tuesday" campaign. It was part of their movement called #theshowmustbepaused.

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BLACK SQUARES

The objective of the movement is to protest the police killing of George Floyd and different occurrences of police mercilessness against Black Americans. During the campaign, people posted black squares to their Instagram grids.

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"The music industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. An industry that has profited predominately from Black Art," according to The Show Must Be Paused website.

The message added that their "mission is to hold the industry at large, including major corporations + their partners who benefit from the efforts, struggles and success of Black people accountable."

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CELEBS JOINED THE CAMPAIGN

Several celebrities supported the "Blackout Tuesday" campaign, including Britney Spears, Katy Perry, and Rihanna, as reported by Mirror.

On the side of the movement around the same time, pioneers in the music business pledged to stop business and urged labels to "disconnect."

The death of Floyd from Minnesota has shaken the United States. For a few years, the 46-year-old had lived in Minneapolis.

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CALLING OUT OTHER ARTISTS

Meanwhile, CNN anchor Don Lemon singled out famous personalities for not stepping up and supporting for the cause, as reported by Huff Post.

The acclaimed anchor specifically named celebrities like Jay-Z and Tyler Perry. In a conversation with Jimmy Fallon on "Tonight Show," Lemon clarified that what he implied was not in a negative manner.

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He added that he understands some people might be stepping up and doing things that he's simply not mindful of.

The death of Floyd from Minnesota has shaken the United States. For a few years, the 46-year-old had lived in Minneapolis.

According to reports, Floyd was hoping to begin a new life there. He worked in a nightclub as a bouncer, but the state's lockdown constrained him out of an occupation.

Tragically, Floyd passed away after begging that he couldn't breathe while a police officer held him down with a knee on his neck.

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