This past week, racism, Islamophobia, environmental issues and sexism were called out and kicked hard on social media by some of the sharpest and strongest voices around the world.
As the world continued its fight against Coronavirus, the thoughts and deliberations on other issues plaguing our society and planet were discussed on social media.
Sick men performed this act. Psychos. They belong in jail! Cruelty towards animals is one of the first tell tale signs of becoming a murderer. This news has pained me and so many ... feel helpless and angry ! https://t.co/Qs3G3vK1Js
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) June 3, 2020
The merciless killing of the pregnant elephant in Kerala drew anger from celebrities across the week. Our NewsMAKER Richa Chadha expressed her anguish on the incident along with personalities like Pooja Bhatt and Anushka Sharma demanded strict action against the perpetrators.
We worship Lord Ganesha and kill and abuse elephants. We worship Lord Hanuman & get pleasure out of watching monkeys being chained & performing degrading tricks. We worship and revere female goddesses and resent strength in women,abuse,maim them & practise female infanticide. 🙏
— Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) June 3, 2020
Our NewsMAKER Karuna Nundy spoke against the arrest of the Jamia Millia Islamia student Safoora Zargar, in a case related to the communal violence in North East Delhi in February during protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act.
Safoora Zargar is 21 weeks pregnant. She has polycystic ovarian syndrome and is at a heightened risk of miscarriage. If you are upset about the Elephant who was fed crackers, a pregnant woman jailed for prima facie blocking a road deserves your strongest support.
— Karuna Nundy (@karunanundy) June 5, 2020
Actor Parvathy Thiruvothu raised the #serialmisogynist alert!
As if there isn’t enough toxicity we’ve to deal with, here is a #serialmisogynist alert! Please report and block @yogioabs
He has taken it upon himself to “teach women how to behave” and supports rape. Unabashedly. Unfortunately he does have a following and that is dangerous. pic.twitter.com/RjrTGH9Lkg
— Parvathy Thiruvothu (@parvatweets) June 4, 2020
Racism was discussed globally.
Celebrities like Julia Roberts, Brie Larson and Gal Gadot showcased their support to the ongoing movement against racism.
Our TroubleMAKER Jameela Jamil congratulated everyone after Minnesota AG announced elevated second-degree murder charge against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
Congratulations to everyone who forced this through with your passion, persistence, and bravery. Now let’s make sure they are prosecuted and jailed and made an example of. May every corrupt cop, and their enablers live in fear. https://t.co/iKSE0u4Zyj
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) June 3, 2020
Reese Witherspoon spoke about creating awareness and knowledge against racism.
I’m committed to:
Getting educated about bias and racism.
Sharing this education with my children and my community.
Donating to organizations that fight systemic racism.
Supporting Black-owned businesses.
Learning more and doing more.#BlackLivesMatter
— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) June 2, 2020
Lady Gaga announced that she’ll assigning her official Instagram page to all the organisations she supports, to amplify their voices and efforts on dealing with issues that are plaguing the society.
Starting tomorrow, I’m giving over my Instagram account to each of the organizations I’ve recently donated to, in an effort to amplify their important voices. pic.twitter.com/O9qIjJrWI9
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) June 5, 2020
While a lot of Indian celebrities have spoken up and supported the anti-racism movement going on in the US, some of them got called out for their silence on the anti-minority sentiment and activities going on in India.
Indian celebrities and their PR need a primer on what “All Lives Matter” has come to signify.
It’s crazy how they’re firing off Insta stories w/o knowing and inspite of being the 1st ones to cry about being cancelled, they’re not exercising any patience to learn.
— awryaditi (@awryaditi) June 4, 2020
Matching our TroubleMAKER Aditi Mittal’s opinion, Rana Ayyub also called out the Indian film stars.
Indian filmstars and celebrities tweeting #BlackLivesMatter , could you also spare a moment for the brazen majoritarianism and injustice in your own country that is unfolding in the middle of a pandemic. https://t.co/2gJfv1jxDe
— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) June 3, 2020
The week ended with a note to the nature and celebrating biodiversity.
— Rekha Sharma (@sharmarekha) June 5, 2020
Along with Rekha Sharma, many actors and activists like Licypriya Kangujam reminded people about the steps one needs to take to bring down the effects of global warming.
I would like to challenge the world leaders to commit to:
🌱 Stop destroying nature
🌲 Conserve forests & land
🐘 Protect wildlife
🔥 Stop illegal timber
on this #WorldEnvironmentDay2020. This can make a true sense of celebrating the day and also it can make a difference.
— Licypriya Kangujam (@LicypriyaK) June 5, 2020