Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Amanda Seales Slams Justin Timberlake for Closing Comments on His Ahmaud Arbery IG Post

Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seales
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*Actress Amanda Seales has called out “white celebrities” who are calling for justice for Ahmaud Arbery on social media, but doing so with the comments on their posts turned off.

“The Real” talk show co-host wants these celebs to open a dialogue with fans who use “racist rhetoric.”

Seales took aim at Justin Timberlake for turning off his Instagram comments after he posted about Arbery, suggesting he did so to avoid racist backlash from his fans, Love B Scott reports. 

“Dedicated to @justintimberlake and the white artists showing ‘solidarity’ posting about #ahmaudarbery but closing their comments/IG replies,” she captioned an IG video. “Ain’t no half steppin. This is how you ally. You get in the weeds with your fans who are also fans of racist rhetoric. #TURNEMON.”

“This goes out to all those white celebrities. You see I turned off my comments ’cause I got tired of arguing with racists. But you know what — it’s your turn,” she said in the clip posted to Instagram (see below).

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“It’s time for you to see/Who’s been following you. They gonna show ya, show ya true colors/Confederate Karen and her husband, red-faced Ken.”

Seales noted that Black celebrities face racist comments “on the daily.”

“Scroll through and tell me what you see/Ha! A whole lot of racists, a whole lot of privilege,” she said.

Adding, “Saying I don’t see color, over and over and over again/It’s the bitter smell of strange fruit in the air, yeah yeah yeah,” referring to the song “Strange Fruit,” which protested lynching in the early 20th century.

“Talk to ’em. let ’em know, ‘You all on some bulls–t out here’/’You buy my album but you not even realizing I’m doing Black music and I’m saying Black things.’”

“Turn ’em on, if you’re really about it.”

Arbery is the 25-year-old Georgia man who was gunned down earlier this year by two suspected white supremacists near his hometown in Brunswick, Ga. He was unarmed when he was fatally shot in the Satilla Shores neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia, on February 23.

Travis McMichael, 34, and his father, Gregory, 64, a retired cop, had seen Arbery running in the area and decided to arm themselves, chase him down in a pickup truck and kill him.

According to The Brunswick News, Travis and Gregory followed Ahmaud and demanded that he stop and talk to them, believing him to be a burglary suspect.  At some point, they got out of their truck, confronted him and after a struggle over the shotgun with Travis, Arbery was shot at least twice and killed.

Father and son have now been arrested and charged with murder.

Meanwhile, Lizzo used her platform to speak on racial injustice and the Arbury tragedy (see video above). 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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