On Memorial Day, May 25, 2020 an unarmed, 46 year old black man, named George Floyd, was killed by police in Minneapolis. Officer Derek Chauvin held Floyd to the ground by kneeling on his neck for over 8 minutes until he lost consciousness and eventually died. Since this horrific incident, American citizens have been speaking out on the oppression of the black community, especially anyone with a large platform from which to do so.
MTV put out the following statement:
Since we are a website that brings you news on the ‘Teen Mom’ franchise, lets look at how the cast of the shows responded to the situation. Cheyenne Floyd, the only mother of color featured on ‘Teen Mom OG,’ was the first to speak out:
“Dear Black Men, You are worthy. You are valuable. You are kings. Being black cannot be a death sentence #GeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter” – Cheyenne Floyd Twiter
Cheyenne went on to call out the rest of the cast who had yet to comment. “As the only black mother on a all white show, your silence has said enough for me. A black man was murdered in front of the world, stop posting click bates & post to make a change. #TEENMOMOG”
The following day other ‘Teen Mom’ cast members started sharing their feelings as well:
Catelynn Lowell’s response was a re-tweet of her husband’s post which included information on how to sign a petition to bring justice to George Floyd’s murder.
She also shared the following tweet from Kailyn Lowry of ‘Teen Mom 2.’
Mackenzie Douthit also showed her support of the black community.
The only ‘Teen Mom OG’ star who has not commented publicly on social media (that I can find at the time of writing this) is Amber Portwood. That being said, Amber does not use social media very often, her Instagram and twitter accounts are used mostly for monetization.
The ‘Teen Mom 2’ cast has been vocal on social media. Leah Messer showed her support on Instagram with the following message:
Jade Cline also shared on Instagram:
Briana DeJesus shared to her Instagram stories her feelings on the protests that have been happening in major cities across the United States.
A message from me:
I know you all are here for the ‘Teen Mom’ news, but I feel in my heart that since I have a platform I should express my feelings on the current events. I thought it went without saying that black lives matter… but it looks like we all have to say it over and over again. I want for people to know that I whole heartedly support the black community and that I am doing everything I can to educate myself as a white woman in America on the topics of racism and oppression. Racism is never ok. Murder is never ok. I see you, I hear you and I stand with you.
I am going to include a few links and resources here for anyone who wants to help in any way that they can.
Official George Floyd Memorial Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd
Black Lives Matter: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019
Books About Racism in America: https://fivebooks.com/best-books/racism-kurt-barling/