Sophie Turner, other Game of Thrones alums join Black Lives Matter protests

Protests against police violence and systematic racism following the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis on May 25, continued around the world this weekend, with hundreds of thousands taking to the streets to demonstrate. That includes Game of Thrones stars like Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), who was out with her husband Joe Jonas; click over a couple slides to see a video of Turner with protesters chanting “No justice, no peace” below:

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No justice, no peace #BlackLivesMatter

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And Joe Jonas uploaded a picture of them together:

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Black Lives Matter. ❤️

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Turner also had an eloquent response for a commenter who wondered why the protests were continuing after the officers behind George Floyd’s death had been arrested:

This isn’t just about those 4 cops, this is about Breonna Taylor, this is about Trayvon Martin, this is about Eric Garner, this is about the systemic racism that black people have faced for hundreds and hundreds of years. This is about changing the system. Justice will be done when society reflects our beliefs that we are all equal. Until then, there should be no peace.

And Turner isn’t the only Game of Thrones alum out there protesting. Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon) was also on the march:

Richard Madden (Robb Stark), who joined protests against police violence last weekend in Santa Monica, but back again this weekend:

It’s great to see Game of Thrones stars lending their voices to this movement, but of course they’re not the only celebrities involved. Michael B. Jordan, who played Killmonger in Black Panther, gave a speech at a Los Angeles protest about the importance of diversity in Hollywood, and how black voices should be amplified:

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#justice #blmla #bldpwr 🎥 @producertommy

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And for The Last Kingdom fans in the audience, star Magnus Bruun (the Viking warlord Cnut) and his daughter turned out to protest in Copenhagen:

A couple people from Outlander turned out, too, like Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser)…

and Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall Fraser):

And there were plenty more notables besides, including Pink, Steph Curry, Cara Delevingne, Brad Pitt, Cedric the Entertainer, Jonah Hill, Zoe Kravitz, Ben Affleck, Ariana Grande, Machine Gun Kelly, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Paris Jackson, Nick Cannon, Tessa Thompson and Timothée Chalamet.

One of the most notable celebrity appearances came last week when John Boyega (Finn in the new Star Wars movies) made a speech at a protest in London. He added to his powerful words with an Instagram post:

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I want to thank you all for the love and support you have shared over the last few days, although nothing I have done is for praise, or is truly even enough, in the grand scheme of things. This is an intense time for our community, and the most important thing is for us to maintain momentum and not lose sight of how critical it is to pursue long term solutions and commitments, for the sake of our generation, and the next. Our individual pursuits of success and belonging remain, but now more than ever, it’s important to use this movement as fuel to inspire new ways of thinking, building, and growing, together. I believe any great movement starts with a renewal of the mind. I know you’re all thinking, what’s next? Where do we go from here? Because I’m thinking the same shit! Conversations about black businesses, ownership and support are happening, and I will continue to have these conversations with the full intention of birthing ideas that are sustainable and tangible. Let’s increase our knowledge! I’m excited to see an awakening happening in all of us! I’ll continue to use my platform to fight against the injustices and inequalities in our community, no matter what. Nonetheless, one man can’t do it alone – I need you, and we need each other! We need everyone, across industry’s, soci-economic backgrounds, countries, to unite with a shared goal of REAL change. Before the pandemic hit, I visited a few schools in Southwark, to share my journey and to truly understand the minds and needs of our next generation. It was eye opening and inspiring to say the least, and I look forward to continuing this work, and contributing more, once it is safe to do so. I urge the black men of our community, my peers, to do the same. Connecting with our kids and motivating them towards a future that is stronger and brighter, is urgent, and necessary. In the meantime, let’s work on clearing the runway for them, so they can take off, and fly. Love everyone, and stay safe x

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I love seeing influential people use their platforms to spread this important message, and I hope it results in real change; we’re seeing some genuine positive developments. But the real accolades go to the masses of people who continue to show up day after day and affirm that black lives matter.

Next: John Boyega’s Black Lives Matter speech draws praise from Disney, directors

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