Netflix stood in solidarity with nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd on Saturday by sharing on its social accounts the “duty to our Black members, employees, creators and talent to speak up.”
“To be silent is to be complicit. Black lives matter,” the streamer wrote.
Floyd died earlier this week after Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, now charged with third-degree murder, was seen in a video kneeling on Floyd’s neck during an arrest. His death has sparked protests across the United States over police brutality targeting African Americans.
Filmmaker Ava Duvernay applauded Netflix for its post, writing “well done.”
Actress Sarah Paulson retweeted Netflix’s message, while calling on other streaming platforms, networks and studios to do the same. “SILENCE IS UNACCEPTABLE,” she wrote.
Netflix’s message was shared across several of the streamer’s series accounts, including Never Have I Ever and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Later Saturday evening, Amazon Prime joined Netflix in support of Black Lives Matter. “Together we stand with the Black community — colleagues, artists, writers, storytellers, producers, our viewers — and all allies in the fight against racism and injustice,” the Jeff Bezos-founded streamer shared across its Instagram and Twitter.
Other streaming services and studios followed suit in support of Black Lives Matter.
Disney-owned Hulu tweeted: “We support Black lives. Today, and every day. You are seen. You are heard. And we are with you.”
Meanwhile HBO and HBO Max wrote, “Neither love nor terror makes one blind: indifference makes one blind.” — James Baldwin. We stand with our Black colleagues, employees, fans, actors, storytellers — and all affected by senseless violence.”
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Sharareh Drury