Ellen DeGeneres on Support for Black Lives Matter Protests: I Have Always Stood for Equality

Having been criticized for being too vague in her first attempt to speak out on the issue, 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' host comes out with a powerful video statement.

AceShowbiz - Ellen DeGeneres has taken a stand in support of the Black Lives Matter movement after deleting her first attempt to speak out on the issue.

The comedian and TV personality shared a video message via Instagram on Tuesday (June 02) after she was criticized for being too vague in a post she offered on Twitter.

In the footage, she revealed she is "so angry" that people are "getting away with murder."

The powerful statement comes as protests over the death of George Floyd continue to sweep through the U.S. Floyd, an African-American man, was killed on 25 May during an arrest in Minneapolis after a white police officer crushed his neck with his knee.

"I haven't spoken directly because I don't know what to say," DeGeneres said in the video. "I am so sad and I am so angry, and I know I'm not going to say the right thing. I know there are going to be a lot of people who are going to be in disagreement with what I say. But I have a platform and I have a voice and I have always stood for equality."

Earlier this week (ends June 05) "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" host replaced her deleted tweet with a thread listing where she had made donations. She also pledged her support to protesters who are "standing up against the horrible injustices that Black people in America face everyday."

Derek Chauvin, the cop caught on camera kneeling on Floyd's neck, and three of his colleagues have been dismissed from the force. He has also been charged with murder and manslaughter. Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, the other three police officers involved in Floyd's arrest, will be charged with aiding and abetting murder, law-enforcement sources told the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Wednesday, June 03.

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