Celebrities including Anna Kendrick, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Bieber, Leonardo DiCaprio, John Legend, Olivia Culpo and Rihanna have donated to organizations that want to defund the police.
DailyCaller reports more than a dozen of the world’s most famous celebrities are financing left-wing organizations that openly seek the defunding of America’s police departments, a Daily Caller News Foundation review found.
Actors, models and singers have donated large sums to left-wing organizations including Color of Change, Black Lives Matter Global Network and the Movement for Black Lives, all of which are open about their desire to defund police departments across the country.
The Movement for Black Lives aims to abolish not only police departments, but America’s prisons as well, the organization explains on its website. “We believe that prisons, police and all other institutions that inflict violence on Black people must be abolished and replaced by institutions that value and affirm the flourishing of Black lives,” the website states.
Black Lives Matter Global Network, the national arm of Black Lives Matter, released a statement on May 30 calling for “a national defunding of police.” The organization published a video on June 6 arguing that “defunding the police is the only way to stop pouring resources into a system that doesn’t keep us safe.”
Color of Change is leading a petition campaign that demands elected officials across the country “defund the police, and invest in communities now!”
“Policing is a violent institution that must end. We imagine a country where there is enough money to educate our children, care for our sick and feed those who are financially unstable. Defunding the police allows for this vision,” Color of Change President Rashad Robinson said after the Minneapolis City Council voted to “dismantle” the city’s police department.
The three groups have reeled in high-dollar donations from many of the world’s most famous celebrities following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes, according to video.
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio donated an unknown amount to four social justice organizations, including Color of Change, he announced in a June 4 Instagram post. DiCaprio has previously faced scrutiny for flying on private jets despite positioning himself as an environmentalist. DiCaprio’s personal foundation didn’t return an email seeking comment.
Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Olivia Culpo said she will be donating profits from her swimsuit line to Color of Change, the New York Post reported, citing Culpo’s Instagram. Culpo’s publicists didn’t return an email seeking comment.
The singer Justin Bieber’s clothing line, Drew House, announced “a donation to Color of Change” in June as well. Drew House didn’t return the DCNF’s request for comment.
The singer Rihanna’s cosmetics company, Fenty, pledged donations to the Movement for Black Lives and Color of Change.
“In support of the black community, we will be donating funds to Colour [sic] Of Change and Movement For Black Lives,” Fenty announced in a June 2 tweet. Fenty didn’t return a request for comment through its publicist.
Talk show host Ellen Degeneres on May 31 announced donations to three left-wing organizations, including Black Lives Matter, and urged her nearly 80 million Twitter followers to do the same. DeGeneres’s publicist didn’t return repeated phone calls seeking comment.
Actress Jennifer Aniston donated $1 million to Color of Change, The Daily Mirror reported in June, citing a source close to Aniston. The actress also promoted the group to her more than 35 million Instagram followers.
Another source told the Mirror later in June that actor Brad Pitt, Aniston’s former husband, matched her donation with his own $1 million gift to Color of Change. The Creative Artists Agency, which represents both Pitt and Aniston, didn’t return emails seeking comment.
Canadian singer The Weeknd donated $200,000 to Black Lives Matter Global Network, he announced in a June 2 Instagram post. The rapper, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, included a receipt for the donation in the post. He didn’t return a request for comment sent through his agent.
Kylie Jenner’s makeup company, Kylie Cosmetics, announced a donation to several social justice groups, including Black Lives Matter. Jenner’s publicist didn’t return an email seeking comment.
The singer John Legend announced in a May 31 tweet that he and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, would be donating to three organizations “which are organizing, supporting and defending those marching for justice,” including the Movement for Black Lives. Neither Legend’s agent nor Teigen’s publicist returned requests for comment.
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