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. Floyd being killed while in police custody 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 accounts.
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.”
Starz also issued a statement: “We cannot stand silent while our Black communities under the weight of violence, discrimination and injustice,” wrote Starz on Twitter and Instagram. “Color of Change and the NAACP are among the organizations taking the lead in the fight for racial justice in America. We support them in their mission and you can too.”
ViacomCBS’ Pop TV tweeted: “We stand with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and call for the end of systemic racism. These racist and brutal attacks must end.”
Warner Bros. TV tweeted: “‘Somebody has to stand when others are sitting. Somebody has to speak when others are quiet.’ – Bryan Stevenson. We stand with our Black colleagues, talent, storytellers and fans — and all affected by senseless violence. Your voices matter, your messages matter.”
A24 posted a lengthy statement on Instagram, with the caption, “‘We have been silent. Silence is not an option.’ At A24, we are listening to our Black employees, our Black creators and talent and are developing a short term and longer term strategy for how to meet the gap between the company we are today and the company we aim to be,” the company wrote.
FX also issued a statement saying, “We support all who stand for a just legal system — one that does not tolerate senseless violence against anyone. Our nation cannot be healed until all of our rights are truly equal under the law.”
CBS also expressed its dedication to “stand in solidarity with our Black colleagues, creators, partners and audiences” and “condemn all acts of racism, discrimination, and senseless acts of violence.”
Fox tweeted: “We condemn all racism and discrimination and proudly support our Black colleagues, viewers, partners and neighbors. We stand with them and with all communities seeking inclusion and understanding.”
May 31, 3:48 p.m. Updated to include Fox’s tweet.
May 31, 10:11 a.m. Updated to include social posts from other streaming services.
May 30, 10:16 p.m. Updated to include Amazon Prime’s social posts.