‘The Vampire Diaries’ Stars Advocate for Change within the Wake of George Floyd’s Death

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham, Paul Wesley and Candice Accola

In the wake of a tragedy, many entertainers have change into activists, as they demand justice for George Floyd and system reform. Here’s how the celebs of The Vampire Diaries have advocated for change.

Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham, Paul Wesley and Candice Accola
Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham, Paul Wesley and Candice Accola | Michael Tran/FilmMagic

George Floyd died in police custody

Floyd died on May 25 after being handcuffed and held face down for a number of minutes by Minneapolis law enforcement officials. One officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeled on his neck, as he begged for air.

Floyd was one other in an extended line of Black males to die in police custody, and this time the viral video that caught a lot of the encounter set off an explosive sequence of protests throughout the nation.

Much of the nation has been positioned below a curfew within the curiosity of public security, however residents stay energetic on social media, pushing for change. Some celebrities, like the celebs of The Vampire Diaries, have inspired their followers to take motion.

Paul Wesley

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Paul Wesley retweeted a post from Color of Change, which learn, “George
Floyd screamed I can’t breathe earlier than dying by the hands of Minneapolis PD. Being Black in
America shouldn’t be a loss of life sentence. The cops concerned had been fired, however that
isn’t sufficient! Text ‘Floyd’ to 55156 to demand Hennepin County Attorney’s workplace
cost them with homicide. #JusticeFor Floyd.”

In different post, Wesley famous that he signed the Change.org petition to assist get justice for Floyd. In yet one more tweet, the actor shared sources, petitions, Black-owned companies, non-profit organizations, and different hyperlinks for followers who wish to make a constructive distinction.

Ian Somerhalder

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Although Ian
Somerhalder had been aggressively selling the brand new bourbon model he launched
with Wesley, he paused to honor Floyd on social media. On Instagram, the star
posted a graphic picture, studying, “Rest in energy George Floyd. My coronary heart weeps
for your loved ones, your mates, and your neighborhood. This should cease.”

In the caption, Somerhalder
wrote, “This is past unhappy.
Nothing however love and peace to these near him and the numerous others that
this has occurred to. I’m so sorry that this occurs… How does this occur?
It. Must. Stop. Love, Ian.”

Kat Graham

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Kat Graham tweeted a name to motion from Amnesty International. “Demand justice for George Floyd,” she wrote. Graham doubled down by posting a Black Lives Matter PSA on Instagram. Her caption learn:

I produced this PSA 2 years in the past for Black Lives Matter with Darren Genet, who directed it, and it’s heartbreaking to know that it’s extra related now than ever. Sending love and energy to the households and family members of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all people who we’d not know however nonetheless battle for. Justice must be served.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kat Graham through Instagram

Nina Dobrev

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Nina Dobrev posted a sequence of movies and pictures from protests
sparked by the loss of life of Floyd. The actress wrote this impassioned description for
the Instagram post:

I’m shook. Yesterday was not like something I’ve ever skilled. I witnessed issues yesterday afternoon that I’ve solely ever seen in motion pictures. I reside within the epicenter of West Hollywood the place the peaceable protest rapidly took a flip.

I’m unhappy it grew to become violent, however the violence didn’t start yesterday. It’s been current for generations. What occurred to George Floyd wasn’t an remoted incident. It’s a systemic downside that’s now being filmed.

Even if any of you’re feeling as if all you might be seeing are posts concerning the horrendous injustice, it pales compared to what the power felt like being on the streets, and there can by no means be too massive of a lightweight shone upon the reality. In my tales, I’ve posted methods you may as well be part of the motion.

Please converse up, present solidarity, personal the injustice. White folks (and sure, I’m referring to myself as nicely) study one thing and do one thing. It’s not sufficient to only post. Listen. Speak up. Amplify. And don’t cease there. Join the battle in opposition to injustice.

Nina Dobrev through Instagram

Candice King

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Candice King selected to post a transparent message of solidarity with a Black Lives Matter graphic shared to Instagram. She declared, “I stand with Black Lives Matter.”

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