Baltimore protests against the death of Freddie Gray, who died April 19 while in police custody, turned violent this week. As with Ferguson before it, many celebrities have taken to Twitter and Instagram to share their thoughts and support on what’s going on. Notably, The Wire creator David Simon posted to his blog:
“If you can’t seek redress and demand reform without a brick in your hand, you risk losing this moment for all of us in Baltimore. Turn around. Go home. Please.”
His post has been met with backlash, as have many posts and takes on what’s going on.
Some celebs just tweeted their support.
Baltimore I love you
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) April 28, 2015
Just came out of meditation + focused all of my energy towards letting the right path be illuminated for the city of Baltimore.
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) April 28, 2015
Prayers for Baltimore…
— Rev Run (@RevRunWisdom) April 28, 2015
Wishing Baltimore peace and justice. #BaltimoreRiots
— Judah Friedlander (@JudahWorldChamp) April 27, 2015
Nobody wins in Baltimore tonight. My heart is broken watching the news in Singapore right now. #prayersforbaltimore
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) April 28, 2015
What's going on in Baltimore is honestly hurting my heart!!!! I'm praying for the city in a whole….I promote Peace not War!!!!
— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) April 28, 2015
Some knew a picture is worth a thousand words.
— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) April 28, 2015
Some pointed out the hypocrisy of decrying the riots but not the impetus.
How many of you tweeting outrage over the looting in Baltimore ever tweeted outrage about Freddie Gray? Or Walter Scott? Or Eric Garner? Or
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) April 28, 2015
Some acknowledged the complicated nature of protests like this that come in response to violence against the black community.
Hate to see Baltimore going thru what my hometown of Ferguson went thru. Change is necessary, but violence and destruction is not the answer
— CedricTheEntertainer (@CedEntertainer) April 27, 2015
Baltimore I respect it, 100%. Just do it peacefully, we don't need an excuse for them to kill another one of us. #FreddyGray
— Freddie Gibbs (@FreddieGibbs) April 27, 2015
We all want Justice. And our city will get the answers we are looking for. My deepest sympathy goes out to the GRAY Family. To see my city in a State of Emergency is just shocking. We need to protect our city, not destroy it. What happens when we get the answers that we want, and the media attention is not there anymore? We go back to being the same ol Baltimore City again. If not yourself, then Think about the youth. How this will impact them. Let's build our city up not tear it down. Although, we want justice, let's look at the real issues at hand. For example, When was the last school built in Baltimore? That's just one example. I know my community is fed up. I'm all about fighting for what we believe in. The anger, the resentment, the neglect that our community feels right now, will not change over night. Continue, fighting for what you believe in. But remember, it takes no time to destroy something. But, it can take forever to build it back up. Peace7. #Thisonehitshome #BeMore #LetsNotFallForTheTrap "Please Understand What State Of Emergency Mean"(Destroy and Conquer) #StayMe7o
Some were grossed out by the media’s handling of the whole thing.
Is there ANY way the anchors reporting on the #BaltimoreRiots can hide the obvious ratings-boners in their voices? Yuck.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 27, 2015
The way "thug" gets used as coded language for "black people;" "outside agitators" may be coded language for "CNN." http://t.co/LR5WYz1c1R
— Wyatt Cenac (@wyattcenac) April 28, 2015
While others defended the media.
The media isn't the problem in Baltimore. It's the ABJECT LACK OF LEADERSHIP. The media isn't the problem here. #BaltimoreRiots
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) April 28, 2015
And some were Donald Trump, an actual human monster.
Our great African American President hasn't exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2015
Freddie Gray’s mother, Gloria Darden, asked for an end to the violence. “Don’t do it like this,” she told the media. “Don’t tear up the whole city just for him. That’s wrong.”