KJ Apa Of Riverdale Criticized For His Silence Over BLM
Star KJ Apa believes that he does not need to show his views in order to demonstrate his support on BLM protests. The recent case of police brutality in the United States of America revealed the systemic oppression the country had been drenched for decades. The support from American celebrities gave the Black Lives Matter movement a much stronger front as they used their platforms to educate people while showcasing their stances. Riverdale actor Cole Sprouse was also arrested due to his participation in BLM protests. But social media users and Riverdale fans were wondering why KJ Apa, who plays the role of Archie in Riverdale, maintained his silence.
KJ Apa Doesn’t Need To Voice Support For BLM
While in Riverdale he shares the screen with African American costars, he recently started in a film which is indeed all about police brutality against this group of minorities. The Hate U Give is a film starring Apa and Amandla Stenberg who plays the role of a Black woman seeking justice for a friend who was murdered.
Comedian Elijah Daniel, who in the past had a Twitter beef with Riverdale’s cast tweeted:
“Completely unrelated to the beef I formerly had with him, if KJ was the co-star of that movie, why is he so silent? He has such a massive young audience and got paid to be in a movie about police brutality and… posted a black square?”
As a response to this tweet and the multiple criticisms Apa had received due to his silence, he replied to Daniel that he does not need the validation of people towards his views.
“I don’t need to post about my opinions and beliefs in order for them to be real to me. I support Black lives – but I don’t feel it necessary to prove to people I do by posting my attendance at these protests.”
I don’t need to post about my opinions and beliefs in order for them to be real to me. I support black lives – but I don’t feel it’s necessary to prove to people I do by posting my attendance at these protests.
— KJ Apa (@kj_apa) June 15, 2020
Given that KJ Apa stars in a show that is loved by the young audience, it is sufficient that he has a young following. Would it not be right if he uses his platform to educate the young lot on racism?