BET Joins Netflix, HBO, Amazon in Support of Black Lives Matter Movement After George Floyd Killing

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BET is among a growing number of Hollywood power players expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

“The assault on our communities through lethal racism must end now,” BET said in a statement Sunday. “Each and every American has a responsibility to speak out against it — and most importantly, to act on it. ”

In what is arguably an unprecedented move, Netflix, HBO, Amazon, Hulu and YouTube were among Hollywood companies to either issue statements or use their social media accounts to make it clear they stand with the Black Lives Matter movement amid nationwide protests after George Floyd’s death at the hands of officer Derek Chauvin.   

“To be silent is to be complicit. Black lives matter. We have a platform, and we have a duty to our Black members, employees, creators and talent to speak up,” said Netflix.

HBO quoted James Baldwin and added, “We stand with our Black colleagues, employees, fans, actors, storytellers — and all affected by senseless violence. #BlackLivesMatter”

Streamer Hulu, which is owned by Disney, posted a statement on Instagram and Twitter, saying: “We support Black lives. Today, and every day. You are seen. You are heard. And we are with you.”

Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger issued a joint statement with CEO Bob Chapek and Chief Diversity Officer Latondra Newton, saying:  “We intend to focus our efforts and resources to compassionately and constructively talk about these matters openly and honestly as we seek solutions.”

YouTube denounced racism, and pledged to donate $1 million toward efforts to address social injustice.

Meanwhile, Amazon Studios said in a statement: “Together we stand with the Black community – colleagues, artists, writers, storytellers, producers, our viewers – and all allies in the fight against racism and injustice. #BlackLivesMatter.”

BET in its statement urged viewers to sign a Color of Change petition to demand accountability for those who have taken Black lives.

The network also provided information on how to donate to organizations working to secure the safety and freedom of Black lives, including Black Voters Matter, Campaign Zero, Color Of Change, LDF, Movement For Black Lives, the NAACP, National Action Network, National Black Justice Coalition and the National Urban League.