Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — UPDATE: As of Sunday, Disney, ViacomCBS, Warner Bros., A24, Lionsgate, BET, FX Networks, Fox Entertainment and AMC have also issued statements denouncing racism and supporting the Black community.
In an unusual move, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO, Starz and other major Hollywood players used their corporate social media accounts to take a stand on Saturday and support the Black Lives Matter movement amid the ongoing nationwide protests decrying the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers. A day later, much of the rest of the town also took to Twitter and Instagram to post similar statements.
Netflix tweeted on Saturday afternoon: “To be silent is to be complicit. Black lives matter. We have a platform, and we have a duty to our Black members, employees, creators and talent to speak up.”
The move drew accolades on the platform, including from director Ava DuVernay and “Orange Is the New Black” and “Mrs. America” star Uzo Aduba.
And Alphabet-owned YouTube on Friday posted that “We stand in solidarity against racism and violence. When members of our community hurt, we all hurt. We’re pledging $1M in support of efforts to address social injustice.”
A number of other entertainment brands … — Audrey Cleo Yap/@Variety