With protests happening nationwide, John Legend is warning those out in the crowd that COVID-19 is still a very real and deadly virus. The singer voiced his support for peaceful protesting over the death of George Floyd, but also reminded people to take precautions to protect themselves and others from getting sick.
“Please stay as safe as you can. There is still a deadly virus that thrives on people being really close to each other. Distance as much as possible and wear a mask to protect yourself and others!” he tweeted on Sunday (May 31).
Over on Instagram, Lizzo went live to address racism and violence at protests in Minneapolis on Sunday, and echoed that reminder to stay safe. “Wear a mask, wear some gloves, wear some goggles. We’re still in a pandemic,” she said.
On Saturday, Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, pledged to donate $200,000 to bail out protesters. Legend clarified that they will be supporting efforts to organize, support and defend “those marching for justice.” The Bail Project, Movement 4 Black Lives and the National Lawyers Guild are three organizations to which the couple will be donating money.
See Legend’s message below.
Americans have the first amendment right to peacefully protest oppression and injustice. Chrissy and I will be donating to these 3 organizations which are organizing, supporting and defending those marching for justice: @Mvmnt4BlkLives @nlgnews @bailproject https://t.co/whxOPQQuTu
— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 31, 2020