Wherever he is right now, George Floyd must be pleased in the knowledge that his death is redefining race relations in America, waking the world out of lethargy and bringing to the fore the issue of the police brutality against blacks.
Important voices in America’s entertainment industry are now trending the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused. In other words, these critical voices in American music and entertainment are desirous of pausing the “show” in memory of George, who died when a white cop, Chauvin, took a knee on his neck.
The hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused has the backing of the likes of Billie Eilish and Quincy Jones. Other artistes are showing solidarity by either postponing their shows or criticizing President Trump’s handling of the situation outright.
Lady Gaga, for instance, has postponed the digital listening party for her new album. On her part, Beyoncé made it clear she is “broken and disgusted” by George Floyd’s death.
#TheShowMustBePaused has caused a great disruption in the industry. And some within the industry are already criticizing it, citing the industry’s unabashed exploitation of blacks.
These critics hold that #TheShowMustBePaused, which takes effect today Tuesday, neither acknowledges this exploitation nor fixes it.
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