Rihanna Reacts to George Floyd's Death with "Devastation, Anger, Sadness"

Amy Mackelden
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From Harper's BAZAAR

  • Rihanna posted George Floyd's photo on Instagram, and called for justice.
  • The singer wrote, "Watching my people get murdered and lynched day after day pushed me to a heavy place in my heart!"
  • George Floyd was a 46-year-old Black man who was killed after a police officer pinned Floyd's neck down with his knee, suffocating him.

Following the devastating death of George Floyd, celebrities have been taking to social media to demand justice, as protests continue across the country.

Rihanna shared Floyd's photo in an Instagram post, and described her emotional reaction to his death. The singer explained, "For the last few days, the magnitude of devastation, anger, sadness I’ve felt has been overwhelming to say the least! Watching my people get murdered and lynched day after day pushed me to a heavy place in my heart!"

She continued, "To the point of staying away from socials, just to avoid hearing the blood curdling agony in George Floyd’s voice again, begging over and over for his life!!! The look of enticement, the pure joy and climax on the face of this bigot, murderer, thug, pig, bum, Derek Chauvin, haunts me!! I can’t shake this!"

The "Diamonds" singer finished her caption by saying, "I can’t get over an ambulance pulling up to an arrest, a paramedic checking a pulse without removing the very thing that’s hindering it! Is this that fucking normal??? If intentional MURDER is the fit consequence for 'drugs' or 'resisting arrest' ....then what’s the fit consequence for MURDER???! #GeorgeFloyd #AhmaudArbery #BreonnaTaylor."

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