Here’s How Demi Lovato Is Helping Advocate for the Black Lives Matter Movement
In an interview on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Demi Lovato opened up about why she wants to help support the Black community.
This week on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Kelly Clarkson and Demi Lovato opened up about the Black Lives Matter movement. “You’ve been very vocal, which I appreciate because we have gigantic platforms that I think we should use. You’ve been pretty vocal about Black Lives Matter.” Clarkson says to Lovato. She then asks, “So, what do you think, personally, that we can all do differently?”
“I think the first step is educating ourselves,” replies the Camp Rock star. “We have a lot of time on our hands right now. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be watching these movies and absorbing all the information that we possibly can about what’s going on in the world. And then, from there, we’ve seen it all over the media that being silent and being not racist is not enough anymore.”
Lovato recalled a post after seeing the video of the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery. “I saw online what had happened, and I felt like this overwhelming sense of, like, frustration, anger,” she said. “I was, like, crying and I started writing in my phone. I just got out all of my emotions, and I felt guilty that I hadn’t been doing more and saying more as an ally. But I was also afraid that people were going to come at me….Because everybody’s angry right now, and I didn’t want anyone to think I had the wrong intentions or that I was uneducated, speaking about something I didn’t know about. That was a fear of mine.”
From that point on, Lovato decided it was time to work towards a change. “So, when that happened, before I found out about George Floyd, I was like, ‘No, I need to do more. I need to be an ally. I have not been an ally,'” she continued. “Like Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Whitney Houston, these women of color have shaped my musical journey. And how am I supposed to appreciate what they’ve given me and not stand up for their community?”
“I think maybe that’s a reason why some people aren’t speaking out and doing things is they’re afraid.. but they’re also, like, not ready to help other people,” Lovato said. “I don’t know. I just wanted to be the ally that I know I can be, and I want to be able to shift thinking as much as possible because the legacy that I will leave as a person will last so much longer than music that we leave behind.”
Since the start of the Black Lives Matter movement, Lovato has stayed extremely active in spreading racism awareness using her large social media platforms. Thank you to all those using their large following platforms to make a change.