Ashton Kutcher fought back tears in a powerful Instagram video while explaining why black lives matter to followers who have responded to his ‘BLM’ post over the weekend with the tone deaf ‘All lives matter’.
The actor was supporting those protesting the death of George Floyd with his Black Lives Matter tag and was stunned by the response from fans who didn’t seem to get the importance of the words.
And the No Strings Attached star reveals the importance of the slogan really resonated as he was putting his kids to bed on Tuesday night (June 2, 2020).
The 42-year-old, who shares two kids with his wife Mila Kunis, explained why posting black squares and a black-and-white image of the American flag with the caption ‘BLM’ was important.
“I don’t think the people that are posting ‘All Lives Matter’ should be cancelled. I think they should be educated,” he explained. “We all agree All Lives Matter, but I had a really poignant experience tonight when I was putting my kids down to bed.
“Usually Mila and I put our kids to bed, we read them a book and our daughter always gets to go first. Tonight, as we were reading her book, my son says, ‘Wait, why don’t I get to go first?’ Mila said, ‘Because girls go first’. He said, ‘Yeah, but boys can go first’.
“I looked at him and I said, ‘No, girls go first… For you and me, girls go first, and the reason why is, for some boys, girls don’t get to go at all. And so for you and me, girls go first’.”
Tearing up on camera, he added, “So when it comes to Black Lives Matter, I think what folks that are writing ‘All Lives Matter’ need to understand is that for some people black lives don’t matter at all, so for us, Black Lives Matter. So while you may have the best intentions in saying ‘All Lives Matter’, remember for some people black lives don’t matter at all.”
Kutcher captioned the emotional clip: “#Blm vs #Alm understanding why saying ‘all lives matter’ is missing the point. #blacklivesmatter.”