"Black, Muslim, gay, bisexual, trans, etc. you are perfect the way you are and you ARE LOVED."—Demi Lovato
If you've read the news lately, you're probably well aware of the violent outbreak from a "Unite the Right" white supremacist rally that took place on Saturday in Charlottesville, VA. The incident led to the deaths of three people, including two state troopers and a counter protestor. Dozens were left injured.
Several celebrities have taken to social media to share their outrage and disappointment about not only the violence itself but the response that's followed. The hateful events have spawned a greater divide among Americans and beyond. So, while it's easy to focus on all the negativity circling around, take a closer look at these stars who are using their voice and influence to promote love, equality, and unity instead. (Related: 25 Things We Can All Agree On—When We Need Unity the Most)
A common theme to emerge from these events is a call to embrace each other despite our differences. "Black, Muslim, gay, bisexual, trans, etc. you are perfect the way you are and you ARE LOVED," Demi Lovato recently wrote on Instagram with a photo of a Stop the Hate sign. "Do not listen to evil no matter how loud it gets," she continued. "I am with you during this time and things will change."
With everything that's going on, it's so easy to look the other way and say "I don't want to watch the news, it's too negative" or dismiss what's going on in our country because it's too scary to actually be true. But it is. Violence and hate is overwhelming our country today and it's time that this generation changes that. Black, Muslim, gay, bisexual, trans, etc. you are perfect the way you are and you ARE LOVED. Do not listen to evil no matter how loud it gets. I am with you during this time and things will change. #stopthehate #prayforpeace #prayforcharlottesville
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) August 12, 2017
#standupforwhatsright #Repost @cleowade #MLK said it best when he said: "We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people." Racism & bigotry does not merely exist on the faces of the terrorists marching in #charlottesville We all know people who have said or done something that is wrong while we remained silent or tried to justify it because of the other person's background, age or by saying "well they aren't THAT racist" Enough is Enough. Start with you. Let your voice be the one that changes the people around you. Start today. Be a truth teller. Speak truth to power. Be a freedom fighter. Fight the good fight. I love you.
Thoughts of support & admiration with those who stood up & spoke out against white supremacists in Charlottesville today. Solidarity Forever
— Hozier (@Hozier) August 12, 2017
When it comes to love, kindness, acceptance and progress, I believe there is only one side.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 15, 2017
We are one https://t.co/1Roc5CfaXr
— Joel Madden (@JoelMadden) August 15, 2017