Celebs face a backlash over ‘counterproductive’ #BlackoutTuesday

The Blackout Tuesday movement faced a backlash last night from a series of artists and activists who called it ’embarrassing’, ‘harmful’ and ‘counterproductive’ to the George Floyd protests.

Rapper Lil Nas X and singer Kehlani were among those to raise doubts about the online trend, in which people posted plain black squares on their Instagram feed and abandoned social media for the rest of the day. 

A pantheon of celebrities including Kylie Jenner, Taylor Swift and Madonna were among 28million people who used the hashtag #BlackoutTuesday in a show of solidarity after Floyd’s death. 

But critics accused them of missing the point after a pause in promotional posts which was meant to allow for ‘conversation’ instead became a flood of black squares which drowned out ‘vital dialogue’ on…

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