A letter campaign started by two of the founders of Black Lives Matter has garnered support from over 300 black celebrities and others in the film industry, demanding that Hollywood “divest from police” and “invest in anti-racist content,” according to Fox News.
The letter originated with Black Lives Matter co-founders Patrisse Cullors and Melina Abdullah, as well as actress Tessa Thompson. It has since been signed by such black celebrities as Idris Elba, Queen Latifah, Kerry Washington, Michael B. Jordan, and others.
The letter falsely claims that “Hollywood encourages the epidemic of police violence and culture of anti-blackness,” and demands that celebrities “use our influence to imagine and create a better world.” Five main demands were made in the letter, with some sounding rather redundant and others being deliberately ambiguous: Divest from police, divest from “anti-black content,” invest in “our careers,” invest in “anti-racist content,” and invest in “our community.”
The move is part of a broader movement among celebrities and big corporations showing so-called solidarity with the far-left Black Lives Matter movement, which has explicitly called for defunding and abolishing all police in America.