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What celebrities are saying about the recent protests

Teigen rose her pledge amount over the weekend

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Chrissy Teigen arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Chrissy Teigen arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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Multiple celebrities — from Jay-Zto Gigi Hadid to Chrissy Teigen — spoke out again over the weekend about the protests across the country over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck, according to USA Today.

Chrissy Teigen doubles down

Teigen has decided to double her donation to bail out protesters who were arrested during the protests. Teigen said she would donate $100,000 to bail out protesters arrested from the protests. She quickly received criticism from commentators, though, who called the protesters “criminals” and “rioters.” Teigen doubled down on the donation amount.

She wrote: “they might need more money then. Make it $200,000.”

She wrote on Instagram: “I stand with our heroes out there in support and solidarity. If you don’t know what else to do, every little bit helps.”

Jay-Z seeks help from Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz

  • Jay-Z wrote on Instagram about the need to provide justice in the George Floyd case.
  • He wrote: “After our very earnest conversation, thank you to Gov. Walz for doing what’s right and calling in Attorney General Keith Ellison to take over the George Floyd case. Earlier today, Gov. Walz mentioned having a human conversation with me — a dad and a black man in pain. Yet, I am a human, a father and a black man in pain, and I am not the only one.”
  • “Now I, along with an entire country in pain, call upon AG Ellison to do the right thing and prosecute all those responsible for the murder of George Floyd to the fullest extent of the law.”

Gigi Hadid donated to bail funds

  • Hadid said she donated to bail funds. Critics flooded her feed about paying for rioters. She responded, though, USA Today reports.
  • Hadid said: Have you not seen all the videos of people peacefully protesting / kneeling / literally just standing on the sidewalk reporting Live on the news getting pepper sprayed / shot w rubber bullets / arrested / etc ..?”

Spike Lee talks history

  • Director Spike Lee appeared on CNN to talk about the protests.
  • Lee said: “How can people not understand why people reacting the way they are? This is history again and again and again. This is not new. ... People are reacting the way they feel they have to — to be heard.”

Justin Bieber critical of police

  • Bieber posted a photo on Instagram over the weekend about the protests.
  • The post read: “They’d rather let the nation burn then arrest 3 of their own. Let that sink in.”