With the not guilty verdict announced this afternoon regarding the shooting death of Philando Castile, celebrities have begun to react to the news with both heartbreak and anger. Plenty were outraged when Minnesota police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, was acquitted of all charges on Friday after shooting Castile last year. As the news of the acquittal began to circulate, those in Hollywood have been taking to Twitter to express their feelings and opinions on the matter.
For those not familiar with the tragedy, Castille was gunned down by Yanez during a traffic stop and the aftermath was broadcast on Facebook Live by Castille's girlfriend, as her young daughter looked on from the back seat of the car. The disturbing video of Castille as he lie dying in the passenger side of the vehicle sent the entire country into a frenzy over the apparent disregard for human lives within the black community — an issue that continues to affect our society every single day.
As the country grows tired of the lack of justice when it comes to innocent black lives lost, citizens have begun taking a stance against the unceasing incidents of police brutality. In this latest instance, several celebrities have come forth to express their disdain for the Castille verdict.
Being Mary Jane actor Gabrielle Union shares her feelings of anger over the shocking verdict and explains the emptiness of having to relive the injustice.
Anika Noni Rose
This country, my home, is breaking my fucking heart. #PhilandoCastile— Anika Noni Rose (@AnikaNoniRose) June 16, 2017
Much like Union, Dreamgirls entertainer, Anika Noni Rose, describes her disappointment and disbelief for the verdict, sharing her feeling on how this country has continued to let her and many black people down.
Kerry Washington is also totally appalled by the verdict. The Scandal actor expressed her feelings in just one word: "horrifying," while using the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter #WeMatter via her Twitter account after the news released.
The former House actor's "outrage" had her at a loss for words as she expressed that the verdict had her feeling "sick." Wilde also added the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter to the end of her statement.
Every time you think of Poussey, think of a real Human Being. Shed a real tear. Get angry about a real death. #PhilandoCastile— Danielle Brooks (@thedanieb) June 16, 2017
Orange is the New Black star, Danielle Brooks urged the public to "get angry" about Castille's death.
Truth lies somewhere here: until we value & speak for the lives of all people, we remain hinged to this chapter of history. #PhilandoCastile— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) June 16, 2017
Meanwhile, Brooks' OITNB co-star Uzo Aduba asks that people begin to "value and speak for the lives of all people."
Actor and activist Jesse Williams posted several tweets following the not guilty verdict handed down on Friday afternoon. In particular, a tweet with a series of hashtags summarizing his feelings of disgust for the situation.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Philando Castile today. Unbelievably unfair, unjust and terribly sad. #PhilandoCastile— Emily Osment (@EmilyOsment) June 16, 2017
Former Hannah Montana star, Emily Osment offered her condolences to Castille's family while sharing her shock for the "unfair" and "unjust" outcome of today's trial.
Black-ish actor, Yara Shahidi vowed to continue "fighting for peace" following Friday's verdict.
The anger and outrage over this atrocious outcome will, no doubt, continue to pour out as the verdict spreads throughout the media. This post will be updated as more reactions are shared. I can only hope that the community will continue to stand together to bring about a change for the future.