Hollywood weighed in Monday night after the highly anticipated grand jury decision was announced, which saw Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson avoid indictment in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
LeBron James, Rihanna,
“As a society how do we do better and stop things like this happening time after time,” NBA star James said on Instagram, accompanied by a powerful cartoon figure of Brown walking side-by-side with the late Trayvon Martin.
“I’m so sorry to these families. Violence is not the answer people. Retaliation isn’t the solution as well,” he said.
Actress-turned-activist Mia Farrow simply begged President Barack Obama’s intervention, while others sent prayers to the Brown family and pleaded for peaceful protest.
The entertainment community’s reactions include:
Heavy heart, angry soul… we matter. ALL our lives matter. Hear us, feel us, respect us… ALL
Feeling stuck all the way over here in Sydney seeing the news just now… Sending my prayers to Ferguson & praying for an equal America.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 25, 2014
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) November 25, 2014
#DearFerguson i wish i was there with you. i am.
— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) November 25, 2014
Mr President please go to #Ferguson
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) November 25,
I’m heartbroken over the news of no indictment in Ferguson. Let’s all pray for peace.
– Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) November 25, 2014
My heart and sympathy goes out to Michael Browns family. They’re words and actions are remarkable considering their deep sorrow and grief.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” -MLK Jr. #FergusonDecision
– Jessica Capshaw (@JessicaCapshaw) November 25, 2014
There are reports of shots fired at firemen & EMTs. They can’t help people if they’re being shot at. #FergusonDecision
– Laurell K. Hamilton (@LKHamilton) November 25, 2014
– Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) November 25, 2014
#FergusonDecision A car fire does not a riot make, but the dark smoke rising above the city is an ominous sign.
– Rick Sanchez (@RickSanchezTV) November 25, 2014
– Dulé Hill (@DuleHill) November 25, 2014
“When I see you again, I hope it’s in a better world.” Me too Frank Irving. Me too. #PrayForFerguson
– Orlando Jones (@TheOrlandoJones) November 25, 2014
– Cynthia Bailey (@CynthiaBailey10) November 25, 2014
Watching in my hometown thinking of the Browns and hoping the community here respects their son’s memory with peace. #PeaceInFerguson
– Andy Cohen (@Andy) November 25, 2014