Falcon Heights Shooting: Hollywood Reacts With Outrage, Grief at Philando Castile's Death
"God help us," wrote Ava DuVernay.
Celebrities reacted with shock, grief, outrage and disgust when news broke that a Minnesota police officer had shot and killed a 32-year-old man named Philando Castile on Wednesday.
Castile's girlfriend posted a video of the aftermath on Facebook Live, and news of the shooting swept across social media. Castile's death comes less than 24 hours after Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old man from Baton Rouge, La., was killed by police. Two videos of Sterling's death were shared widely online.
"God help us," wrote Av DuVernay in reaction to Castile's death. "Another day, another hashtag," wrote Ne-Yo. "You didn't deserve this brother."
"Let's go NRA. I know y'all are for the 2nd amendment. Are you also for equal protection?" said John Legend.
Here are some more reactions below:
#FalconHeightsShooting I feel sick man. I can't even watch that video. 559. Smh goodnight— Amber Patrice Riley (@MsAmberPRiley) July 7, 2016
I'm so hurt!! WHY!!! How!!! In front of a child, then handcuff the mother. I'm in tears. #FalconheightsShooting— Cynthia Erivo (@CynthiaEriVo) July 7, 2016
Listen to how frightened the cop in the #FalconHeights video sounds. Why was he issued a gun? Why was he allowed to be a policeman?— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 7, 2016
How is it before I lay down to sleep it happens again. #FalconHeights I HAVE NO WORDS.— Danielle Brooks (@thedanieb) July 7, 2016
This. I definitely don't feel like praying right now. I am outraged. Yet, I know I need it more than ever. https://t.co/5K4gmrIiHx— Kendrick Sampson (@kendrick38) July 7, 2016
Another day, another hashtag. You didn't deserve this, brother. You didn't deserve this. #PhilandoCastile— NE-YO (@NeYoCompound) July 7, 2016
Let's go NRA. I know y'all are for the 2nd amendment. Are you also for equal protection? https://t.co/PaKMcZ7ina— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 7, 2016
My god. I am so sorry. #FalconHeights— julieplec (@julieplec) July 7, 2016
Wow...... Back to back just like that. #PhilandoCastile.. RIP big bruh— Diggy (@diggy_simmons) July 7, 2016
And as if I thought it couldn't get worse. That #FalconHeights murder is even harder to watch. They killed that man in front of his baby— BEN BALLER™ (@BENBALLER) July 7, 2016
In London I have to wake up to this. He was black. Shot 4 times? When will something be done- no REALLY be done?!?! pic.twitter.com/OaLn60G6nm— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) July 7, 2016
The sadness overtakes me.This is the FIRST time I feel like I can't distract myself & work.Not when I have a Father,brother,Husband&a son— TAMAR BRAXTON (@TamarBraxtonHer) July 7, 2016
If all lives matter... SHOW US!!! Prove it! Show us our bodies hold the same value. There is no excuse for the slaughter. None.— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) July 7, 2016
We haven't healed as a nation from the last senseless, unjust slaughter and here we are again, shaking and crying and angry, retraumatized— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) July 7, 2016
So many people work so hard to find a reason why executing a human being during a routine traffic stop is ok. IT'S NOT OK— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 7, 2016
Dear white people. Stop trying to paint victims into criminals. #blacklivesmatter— Sasha Grey (@SashaGrey) July 7, 2016
I can count 5 parents in the last 3 hours who have text me and said my child just asked me "AM I GOING TO DIE"?!? pic.twitter.com/mXwlLYfqZq— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) July 7, 2016
Have written & erased at least 20 awesome furious tweets. But I am too sad. Instead, I'll just say this: #stopshootingus— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) July 7, 2016
What will my brown son's future be? What will your brown son's future be? I beg you to act NOW. Let us be heard. pic.twitter.com/1aEQ52GkPC— Halle Berry (@halleberry) July 8, 2016