Celebrities with a history of protest | Slideshows
Despite calls for actors, athletes, musicians and other celebrities to avoid activism and focus on entertainment, there is a long-standing precedent for famous people to leverage their platforms to effect change.
From Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier establishing themselves as leaders in the civil rights movement to Leonardo DiCaprio and Jane Fonda among many stars pushing for environmental protection and justice, hundreds if not thousands of celebrities in the the last century have pushed the needle on a wide variety of causes. Celebrities today routinely use their coats to protest animal cruelty, police brutality, government surveillance, military action, environmental injustice, and civil rights among dozens of other causes.
Stacker spotlighted 50 celebrities from the past 75 years with a history of protest. Our list includes actors, athletes and musicians. Several of the contemporary stars made headlines in 2020 for their efforts in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, appearing at numerous protests in the wake of the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and many more. Others were instrumental in the successful efforts to shut down the Keystone XL pipeline.
Keep reading to find out the causes some of your favorite celebrities are fighting for.
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