This 02 of June was declared as the “BlackOut Tuesday” or “Blackout music”thanks to the movement that led to several production houses and artists all over the world. However, this initiative is focused on the united States after the death of George Floyd after being subdued by police officer Derek Chauvin on the 25th of may, when I was faced with buying a box of cigarettes with a fake banknote of 20 dollars. Immediately, a storm of protests was recorded in Minneapolis and swept up with the celebrities.
While the city streets are heating with citizens who demand justice in the case of Floyd, the artists did the same. This Tuesday staged a “Blackout music” in respect to the memory of people of african descent who have lost their lives due to police violence. So a rain of stars joined in the social networks under the label #TheShowMustBePaused which translates as “The show must stop”. In addition, they published a picture of a black background and, by this time, silenced their profiles without banning any musical content.
Among the musicians that were active were the following: Rolling Stones, Billie Eilish, Beyoncé, Adele, Demi Lovato, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Vetusta Morla, Radiohead, Massive Attack, Quincy Jones, Ricky Martin, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, David Guetta, Rosalia, Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Elton John, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Luis Fonsi, Katy Perry, LeBron James, Steph Curry, Will Smith, Leonardo Di Caprio, Christina Aguilera, Alejandro Sanz, Juanes, Maluma, Shakira, Alejandro Fernandez, Thalia, Salma Hayek, Emma Watson, Madonna, Backstreet Boys, Jay Z and Justin Timberlake, among others.
A “BlackOut Tuesday” by the legacy
Although this protest virtual “BlackOut Tuesday” has the north to demand justice in the case of Floyd, also served as a “time machine” in the industry of the music. Since they paid a tribute to all those artists who have made history with their songs. Another compelling reason to comply with this initiative that gave back to the world. In addition, large record labels or streaming services also gave the “Yes” to this noble cause.
For example, YouTube did the same in the same social network of the bird blue: “We stand in solidarity against racism and violence. When members of our community hurt, we all hurt. We are pledging $ 1 million in support of efforts to address social injustice”. While Netflix he wrote on Twitter: “to Keep silent is to be complicit. The lives of black matter. We have a platform and we have a duty to our members, employees, creators and talents of black people to talk”.