West Side Story actress Rachel Zegler has announced that she is no longer on Tik Tok following its blocking of ‘Black Lives Matter’ and all hashtags involving the late George Floyd.
Also a singer and songwriter, Rachel Zegler is best known for her role as Maria in the upcoming remake of the musical West Side Story.
The 19-year-old star tweeted that she has deleted her Tik Tok account after finding out that the social media app has blocked ‘Black Lives Matter’ and all the hashtags relating to George Floyd, the black American male killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis.
The racism we’ve been calling out about your app, esp. recently, is extremely apparent now. If this obvious racism is not addressed properly out of genuine care for the situation (and not fear of losing business). I will be deleting my profile, deleting the app altogether, + encouraging my followers to do the same. You have the opportunity to spread awareness right now, as an extremely popular social media app. But instead, you perpetuate oppression by not promoting amazing black creators, and now this? Pretty clear where your loyalty lies. Racism is a serious problem. It isn’t new, and we’re all in this together, as we are the ones responsible. Do better, @tiktok_us. Or we’re gone.”
See her post below:
Hey @tiktok_us — you blocked #BlackLivesMatter + #GeorgeFloyd. The racism we’ve been calling out about your app, esp. recently, is extremely apparent now.
If this obvious racism is not addressed properly out of genuine care for the situation (and not fear of losing business)…
— rachel zegler (@rachelzegler) May 29, 2020
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