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Celebrities join riot frontline: Halsey, Emily Ratajkowski and Paris Jackson

Celebrities have jumped at the chance to join the frontline of the riots, with Halsey, Emily Ratajkowski and Paris Jackson, leaving their lives of luxury to take part in George Floyd protests.

Singers Halsey and Yungblud were spotted at demonstrations in Los Angeles on Saturday. The pair were wearing masks and held signs saying, ‘Black Lives Matter,’ as they chanted with others.

Model Emily Ratajkowski was also posting regular Instagram updates from the protests in LA. ‘DISMANTLE POWER STRUCTURES OF OPPRESSION #defundthepolice #justiceforgeorgefloyd #blacklivesmatter,’ she wrote on her slideshow.

Paris Jackson was also out in California, along with Mad Max star Courtney Eaton, her rumored ex-boyfriend Ross Lynch and ‘hot felon’ Jeremy Meeks.

Meanwhile many other celebrities were fighting for justice on social media, including Billie Eilish who launched a furious tirade against the ‘All Lives Matter’ movement. 

Back in black: Yungblud (real name: Dominic Harrison) wore a black jacket over his white T-shirt, along with two-tone black and white jeans and and studded black boots

United: Paris Jackson (right) at a Black Lives Matter protest in California on Saturday

United: Paris Jackson (right) at a Black Lives Matter protest in California on Saturday

Emily Ratajkowski was also posting regular Instagram updates from the protests in LA. 'DISMANTLE POWER STRUCTURES OF OPPRESSION #defundthepolice #justiceforgeorgefloyd #blacklivesmatter,' she wrote on her slideshow.

Emily Ratajkowski was also posting regular Instagram updates from the protests in LA. ‘DISMANTLE POWER STRUCTURES OF OPPRESSION #defundthepolice #justiceforgeorgefloyd #blacklivesmatter,’ she wrote on her slideshow.

Riots have spread across dozens of States following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on Monday after a white officer knelt on his neck.

Rapper Machine Gun Kelly was also out with friends taking part in the LA demonstrations. He was pictured holding a sign which said: ‘Silence is a betrayal.’ 

Actor Kendrick Sampson was also posting regular updates to his Instagram feed from the protests.

Horrifying footage showed the Insecure star being struck by police batons and fired at with rubber bullets as screams were heard in the background. 

He is heard asking officers, ‘Why are you hitting me,’ as cops in riot gear strike him with their batons and shoot him with rubber bullets as he appears to be protesting peacefully.   

In North Carolina, rapper J. Cole was seen joining in the demonstrations against police brutality in downtown Fayetville.

Los Angeles deployed the National Guard for the first since the 1992 riots when the police officers who beat up black man Rodney King walked free of all charges and California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in LA County.   

The calling in of around 500-700 National Guard troops also came just hours after Mayor Eric Garcetti said he would stop short of calling for their activation. 

Insecure star Kendrick Sampson was also posting regular updates to his Instagram feed from the protests. In one video he described how the police were trying to disperse the crowds but they had been boxed in.

Insecure star Kendrick Sampson was also posting regular updates to his Instagram feed from the protests. In one video he described how the police were trying to disperse the crowds but they had been boxed in.

Insecure star Kendrick Sampson was also posting regular updates to his Instagram feed from the protests. In one video he described how the police were trying to disperse the crowds but they had been boxed in.

Rapper Machine Gun Kelly was also out with friends taking part in the LA demonstrations. He was pictured holding a sign which said: 'Silence is a betrayal.'

Rapper Machine Gun Kelly was also out with friends taking part in the LA demonstrations. He was pictured holding a sign which said: ‘Silence is a betrayal.’

Masked and anonymous: Although it's a common tactic for some protestors to wear masks to avoid targeting by law enforcement, most of the crowd covered up due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

Playing it safe: Halsey, like many other protestors, had her cell phone handy in order to document any potential wrongdoing

Masked and anonymous: Although it’s a common tactic for some protestors to wear masks to avoid targeting by law enforcement, most of the crowd covered up due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

Mad Max star Courtney Eaton was joined by other famous faces at the raucous protests, including her rumored ex boyfriend Ross Lynch (center) , Paris Jackson, Emily Ratajkowski and Jeremy Meeks

Mad Max star Courtney Eaton was joined by other famous faces at the raucous protests, including her rumored ex boyfriend Ross Lynch (center) , Paris Jackson, Emily Ratajkowski and Jeremy Meeks

Paris Jackson (left and right) holds a sign saying 'Peace, Love, Justice,' at a demonstration in California on Saturday

Paris Jackson (left and right) holds a sign saying 'Peace, Love, Justice,' at a demonstration in California on Saturday

Paris Jackson (left and right) holds a sign saying ‘Peace, Love, Justice,’ at a demonstration in California on Saturday

‘This isn’t 1992,’ Garcetti had said Saturday afternoon, referring to the move made by officials during the 1992 riots after the Rodney King when all police officers involved in violently beating up the black man were acquitted.     

He had already announced a curfew in downtown LA starting 8pm Saturday through to 5.30am Sunday, in desperate efforts to restore some order as he urged both law enforcement and protesters to ‘take a deep breath and step back for a moment’. 

In downtown, protesters sprayed graffiti and torched police cruisers while officers shot rubber bullets into crowds and were seen beating demonstrators with batons.  

This marked the fourth night of protests for LA after it became one of the first cities to start a break-off protest Tuesday over Floyd’s killing. 

Curfews were also announced in other California cities including San Francisco, where the mayor called for the National Guard to be put on standby. 

Outspoken: Stepping out for a good cause, the Aussie beauty opted for a black sleeveless singlet top and she covered her face and nose with a red bandana

Outspoken: Stepping out for a good cause, the Aussie beauty opted for a black sleeveless singlet top and she covered her face and nose with a red bandana

Activist: The 24-year-old brunette was seen holding a homemade sign which read: 'If you stand for nothing you fall for anything.'

Out for a good cause: Actress Courtney Eaton (pictured) covered up her face with a red bandana as she stepped out to support the Black Lives Matter protest in LA on Saturday

Activist: The 24-year-old brunette was seen holding a homemade sign which read: ‘If you stand for nothing you fall for anything.’

Los Angeles: LA Mayor Eric Garcetti deployed the National Guard to the city and mobilized its entire police department as part of its emergency response

Los Angeles: LA Mayor Eric Garcetti deployed the National Guard to the city and mobilized its entire police department as part of its emergency response

Los Angeles, California: Firefighters put out a fire in a looted store set on fire on Melrose during curfew as thousands of protesters take the street to demonstrate following the death of George Floyd

Los Angeles, California: Firefighters put out a fire in a looted store set on fire on Melrose during curfew as thousands of protesters take the street to demonstrate following the death of George Floyd

Eilish’s Instagram post is the latest in a slew of shares from the Grammy-winning artist, 18, in the wake of Floyd’s death.

In the series of text screens, Eilish begin by writing, ‘I’ve been trying to take this week to figure out a way to address this delicately. I have an enourmous [sic] platform and I try really hard to be respectful and take time to think through what I say and how I say it… But holy f**king s**t I’m gonna just start talking.

‘If I hear one more person say “aLL liVeS maTtEr” one more f**king time I’m gonna lose my f**king mind,’ the Bad Guy hitmaker continued. 

‘Will you shut the f**k uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup???? No one is saying your life doesn’t matter. No one is saying your life is not hard.

'I'm just gonna start talking': The post is the latest in a slew of shares from Billie Eilish in the wake of the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of police officers on Monday

‘I’m just gonna start talking’: The post is the latest in a slew of shares from Billie Eilish in the wake of the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of police officers on Monday

'If I hear one more person say "aLL liVeS maTtEr" one more f**king time I’m gonna lose my f**king mind,' the Bad Guy hitmaker said in her letter. 'This is not about you'

‘If I hear one more person say “aLL liVeS maTtEr” one more f**king time I’m gonna lose my f**king mind,’ the Bad Guy hitmaker said in her letter. ‘This is not about you’ 

Towards the end of the missive: Eilish got to the heart of the matter, explaining why the Black Lives Matter movement is so necessary and the idea of 'All Lives Matter' is antithetical to it

Towards the end of the missive: Eilish got to the heart of the matter, explaining why the Black Lives Matter movement is so necessary and the idea of ‘All Lives Matter’ is antithetical to it

Moved: Saturday saw another post from Billie in support of #BlackLivesMatter, which she captioned, 'I want things to be different'

Moved: Saturday saw another post from Billie in support of #BlackLivesMatter, which she captioned, ‘I want things to be different’

‘No one is saying literally anything at all about you…. all you mfs do is find a way to make everything about yourself. This is not about you. Stop making everything about you. You are not in need. You are not in danger,’ Billie added pointedly.

She went on in the post to draw some rather childlike analogies (‘because IT FEELS LIKE THATS THE ONLY WAY YOU MFS WILL UNDERSTAND,’ she said) about a person’s arm being cut, or house being on fire, and how no one would expect a bandaid to be put on all arms or for the ‘fire department to go to every other house on the block first because all houses matter’. 

‘No!’, Eilish wrote. ‘Because they don’t f**king need it. You are privileged whether you like it or not. Society gives you privilege just for being white. You can be poor, you can be struggling.. and still your skin color is giving you more privilege than you even realize.’

Towards the end of the missive, Eilish got to the heart of the matter, explaining why the Black Lives Matter movement is so necessary and the idea of ‘All Lives Matter’ is antithetical to it.

‘The slogan of #BlackLivesMatter does not mean other lives don’t,’ she wrote. ‘It’s calling attention to the fact that society clearly thinks black lives don’t f**king matter!!!!! And they f**king do!!!!!’  

She finished her letter with a repetition of the phrase, ‘Black Lives Matter,’ and ended with the hashtag #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd.

The post comes after another fiery share from the singer, which was in response to Donald Trump’s tweets about the protests erupting in Minneapolis and around the country after this latest killing of an unarmed African-American.

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