Carrie Underwood Shows Support For Blackout Tuesday Amid George Floyd Protests
Carrie Underwood showed her support for the music industry's Blackout Tuesday event with an Instagram post. She reshared a Universal Music Group Nashville statement on social media on Monday in support of The Show Must Be Paused, which has been inspired by the uprising across the country following the killing of George Floyd.
The statement begins with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr., reading, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
"We must use our voices to confront and protest the injustice that surrounds all of us," the label's statement reads. "Universal Music Group Nashville is committed to identifying, challenging, and defeating the systemic root of inequality everywhere. We stand together with our black community against all forms of racism, bigotry and violence."
It goes on to say that the record label will not conduct any business on Tuesday, June 2.
The Blackout Tuesday effort was started by music executives Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang last week.
In a letter on their site, Thomas and Agyemang are calling on all of the music industry to have a day of pause "in observance of the long-standing racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the boulevard."
In adds, "We will not continue to conduct business as usual without regard for Black lives. Tuesday, June 2 is meant to intentionally disrupt the work week."
MTV will be joining the movement. Chris McCarthy, president of the ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group told employees in an email that the company "will not hold any meetings nor conduct any business -- rather we will stand in solidarity with our African American colleagues and loved ones across the country."
"This is not just a 24-hour initiative," Thomas and Agyemang added in their letter. "We are and will be in this fight for the long haul."
Interscope, Geffen and A&M Records announced it will not release any new music all week. "Instead, IGA will contribute to organizations that help to bail out protesters exercising their right to peaceably assemble, aid lawyers working for systemic change, and provide assistance to charities focused on creating economic empowerment in the Black community," they said in a statement.
There has been seven nights of demonstrations across the nation following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.
Police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with third degree murder and manslaughter for taking Floyd's life on May 25th. The other three officers who were on the scene were fired, but have not been charged with any crimes.