John Legend, Halle Berry, Shonda Rhimes and More Stars React to Dallas Police Shooting
Politicians and celebrities alike have flocked to Twitter to express their concerns over the recent shootings.
Singer John Legend, who frequently speaks uses his Twitter account to speak out on social injustices, called the shootings, which occurred during a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest on Thursday night, “counterproductive.”
“These Dallas shootings are horrific. Killing these officers is morally reprehensible and completely counterproductive to keeping us safe,” he wrote, adding in another tweet, “Being against cops killing is not equal to being for killing cops. We need peace in our streets.”
Actress Halle Berry got personal on Instagram, framing the conversation around her 2½-year-old son Maceo Roberto.
“What will my brown son’s future be?” she asked. “What will your brown son’s future be? The uncertainty is real.”
“I beg you not to be a bystander in this life, but to go out and find ways to make peaceful change. Our boys need us so rather than launching into deep sentiment here on this platform, I promise to find ways to get involved and help,” she continued, stressing her followers reach out to local politicians, legislators and government officials for change.
“God bless all the victims and families of these senseless CRIMES,” Berry concluded.
“As someone with law enforcement in my family, I am just shaking,” Shonda Rhimes tweeted. “That does not equal this. Senseless. Horrific. Heartbreaking.”
“Words don’t get people killed. GUNS get people killed,” she responded in another tweet. “[Black Lives Matter] deeds equal intelligent discourse. Guns equal violence.”
Actress Mandy Moore tweeted her sympathies writing, “The unending heartbreak on the news is just beyond devastating & infuriating. I’m at a total loss. #AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile #Dallas. ”
On the eve of his final performance in his groundbreaking Broadway hit, Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda spoke out against the violence. “4 more officers dead, names still unreleased. More wounded. Heartsick for Dallas this morning,” he wrote on Twitter.
Tributes from industry figures continued to flood the internet in the aftermath of the attack.
Others who have weighed in on the Dallas incident include actor Aidan Alexander, Montel Williams, singer Danny Gokey, and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio.
Governor Greg Abbot also used the platform to release a late night statement regarding the shooting.
“Our thoughts and prayer are with the Dallas law enforcement community and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) officers killed and injured this evening,” Abbot said. “I’ve spoken to Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw and have directed him to offer whatever assistance the City of Dallas needs at this time. In times like this we must remember – and emphasize – the importance of uniting as Americans.”
Actress Patricia Arquette also weighed in on the situation, calling for an end to the violence and “no more guns” and “murder.”
Also fed up with this week of violence, Kim Kardashian West penned an emotional essay that she shared with her enormous social media following. Entitled “#BLACKLIVESMATTER,” the message urged readers to take their passion beyond online posts. “Hashtags are not enough,” she wrote. “This must end now.”