Alton Sterling: Celebrities React To Black Man’s Murder By Police
Celebrities are reacting to the death of Alton Sterling, who was fatally shot in Louisiana by police on Tuesday. See reactions below.
Sterling was outside a Baton Rouge convenience store where he regularly sells CDs when police apprehended him for allegedly making threats. In cell phone video of the incident, two officers can be seen restraining the 37-year-old father of five on the ground. One of the cops yells “gun,” and several shots were then fired into Sterling at point-blank range.
Sterling died at the scene, marking yet another death of a black man at the hands of police. The news sparked local protests in Baton Rouge, as well as strong reaction on social media. And a number of stars are among those commenting.
Zendaya exclaimed on Twitter, “How many more times must this happen for us to matter? How many more must we lose?
BLACK. LIVES. MATTER. #AltonSterling.” Andy Cohen expressed, “Very upset reading about #AltonSterling this morning. when will this end????” Sherri Shepherd shared, “Just watched police officers kill #AltonSterling in cold blood. My heart hurts. I am sick. My black son lays sleeping -his future? #Jesus.”
“My heart hurts #AltonSterling R.I.P,” said Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello. Amy Schumer posted, “Love to Louisiana #AltonSterling.” Andy Richter declared, “That’s murder. #AltonSterling.” And Alessia Cara told followers, “watching that video made my head and heart hurt. wake up, world #AltonSterling.”
D.L.Hughley remarked, “You ever notice how video used against suspects tells the whole story, but used against cops it doesn’t #AltonSterling.” Talib Kweli wrote, “Keep filming the police. All the time. RIP #AltonSterling.” Nick Cannon also noted on Instagram, “5 kids. 6 shots. #AltonSterling His family is left to greive. [sic] The officers left for vacation or what the system calls ‘Leave’…”
“Gut-wrenching. #RIPAlton #blacklivesmatter,” tweeted Olivia Wilde after watching footage of Sterling’s 15-year-old son bawling at press conference. Josh Gad called that footage simply “awful.” And Chad Michael Murray commented, “So much Brutality in the world. We don’t have all the info but looks like a cold blooded killing. UNACCEPTABLE!!!!”
Both Justin Timberlake and Ashley Tisdale tweeted the “#AltonSterling” hashtag without further comment. Rashida Jones posted, “#AltonSterling Please. No more. This must stop.” Charlamagne Tha God candidly reminded followers, “Said it once and I’ll say it a million times. As a black American I fear the police way more than Isis.”
“This destroys me at my very core. #blacklivesmatter #AltonSterling,” Alyssa Milano wrote. Audra McDonald tweeted, “#AltonSterling #SandraBland #TamirRice #MikeBrown #EricGarner…The list goes on & on like a never ending quilt of tears & rage.” And in response, Jesse Tyler Ferguson said, “Truly terrible news to wake up to. The number is staggering.”
Katy Perry also said of the video of Sterling’s killing, “You can’t just go on with your day, you must watch this & we must face this continual outrageousness.” On Instagram, Fruitvale Station star Octavia Spencer shared, “This incident reminds me so much of #OscarGrant. It’s sad that even with video that shows this man was restrained and on the ground little to nothing will likely be done.”
Like many others, Chloe Grace Moretz said on Twitter, “My Heart is broken, thoughts and prayers to #AltonSterling and his family. When is enough, enough?” And Nick Jonas similarly tweeted, “This is so disturbing and wrong. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of #AltonSterling.”