“Ghostbusters” actress Leslie Jones responded to the guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin with a call to get the “rest of them motherf***ers.”
“Guilty. Guilty. Guilty,” Jones said in a video posted to Twitter, referencing the three charges that former officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of. “Now let’s get the rest of them motherf***ers.”
Though it was unclear, Jones was likely either referring to the other officers who were present during Floyd’s killing or simply other police officers who have killed black people.
— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) April 20, 2021
During the Black Lives Matter riots of 2020, Jones posted another video in which she said to “burn down this f***ing constitution.” She also admitted to participating in the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
“I’m telling you, I tore s*** up,” she said. “I had a sledgehammer, all that s***.”
However, Jones admitted that the riots ultimately solved nothing.
“I love that you guys are protesting and see how quick you did it. But I’m gonna tell you, to get the f**k what you really want, we’re going to have to f***ing change the system. And to change the system, we have to f***ing vote,” Jones said, later adding: “You want to burn down buildings? Burn down this motherf***ing Constitution. And we do that by f***ing lifting our voice, by f***ing voting. … That’s how we really show them.”
“I want y’all to protest if you feel that you gotta protest, but is it going to change anything?” Jones later added. “That’s what we gotta think about, what the f*** can we really do to get what it is that we want. … We’re going to show them what we f***ing mean by voting!”
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This is how I feel! Hope y’all hear what I’m saying!! pic.twitter.com/BtAPtaUW1Q
— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) June 1, 2020
Following the Chauvin guilty verdict, celebrities and leftists have been using the moment to push extreme rhetoric. Filmmaker Michael Moore called for an end to “policing as we know it” while other Hollywood celebrities pushed messages of social justice.
“YES!! In handcuffs! Now on to the work!” Moore told his followers on Twitter. “All of us demand an end to white supremacy and white privilege. How many innocent black and brown ppl are in prison? Free them all! Arrest all police who break the law. Remove all racist cops. End policing as we know it. It doesn’t work.”
“This verdict is just the first step in a long line of injustice against the Black community, often with no consequences. The work is not nearly done. While there are many more families waiting for justice, my heart is with George Floyd’s family right now,” tweeted singer Justin Timberlake.
Following the verdict on Tuesday, both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris said the George Floyd incident was indicative of America’s systemic racism.
“Today, a jury in Minnesota found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd last May,” Biden said. “It was a murder in full light of day, and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism the vice president just referred to. There’s systemic racism that’s a stain on our nation’s soul.”