AceShowbiz - Keri Hilson was among the celebrities who paid tribute to George Floyd, a black man who died at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers. Attempting to help raise awareness about police brutality, the singer got political in her recent Instagram post. However, one of her followers doubted her real purpose.
In the Wednesday, May 27 post, Keri shared a message alongside a picture of her inside a car. "We don't choose 'black or white,' but we DO choose 'right or wrong,' " so she wrote in the caption.
Instead of praises, Keri was met with criticism by one person who didn't seem to think she was genuine. "You just finding another way to show off your looks with your perfect lighting. You ain't talking about nothing," the user alleged.
Keri didn't hold back in her response to the naysayer, telling him to "shut up." She added, "I gave a f**k about a photo today. I'm angry. Found a pointless black & white photo in my phone to make a point on serious matters in my caption. Because I express thru words & s**t is heavy on my heart. People read captions over HERE."
She then concluded, "WE ain't the shallow type. Furthermore, I post what I want, how I want/ Gone somewhere w/ ur judgement. There's serious s**t to be concerned with."
Fans quickly defended Keri over the criticism. "Keri Hilson is so beautiful! She can always show her face and lend her voice to injustice!!!" one defender wrote. Another fan added, "Don't hate her cause she Beautiful!!"
"NAH HE'S OUTTA CONTROL......I swear men acting more like women these days," someone else noted. Meanwhile, a fan wondered, "Tf wrong wit that person tho lol oh my gosh."
In addition to Keri, other stars spoke out on George Floyd's death. Justin Bieber took to his Twitter to urge the end of police brutality, writing, "THIS MUST STOP. this makes me absolutely sick. This makes me angry this man DIED. This makes me sad. Racism is evil We need to use our voice! Please people." He then offered his condolences, adding, "I'm sorry GEORGE FLOYD."
Also crying for justice, Ariana Grande posted on her Instagram Stories, "justice is not just about specific officers being arrested. It's about dismantling the systems that make it possible." She added the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter and #justiceforGeorgeFloyd.
In a video which surfaced on Monday, May 25, one police officer was putting his knee on George's neck as he arrested him. George told officers repeatedly that he could not breathe, but he was ignored until he fell unconscious. He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, but could not be saved. The four officers involved in the arrest have been fired, while the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the FBI would be independently investigating the incident.