There’s a certain kind of person who posts the phrase #AllLivesMatter in response to #BlackLivesMatter. Yes, all lives do matter, hard to argue with that. But the lives of black people and other people of color in the United States have frequently been treated like they don't matter by the state, law enforcement, you name it -- so saying #BlackLivesMatter means you're actually paying attention to current events. Right now, protests are happening all around the country and tension is high, but it’s an important fight.
That said, I also think there’s a kind of person who says “all lives matter” because they’re just freaking clueless. Love is wonderful, but if you just keep recommending love as a solution with no direct action or calls for change, you’re basically telling people to sit down and be quiet because your critical thinking skills are broken. Watching Jennifer Lopez’s Twitter timeline explode made me think she’s more in the latter category of #AllLivesMatter supporters.
Lopez recently collaborated with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda on a song dedicated to the Orlando Pulse shooting victims.
That may explain why she shared a photo of herself with him at what looks like a gay pride event with the hashtags #AllLivesMatter and #LoveMakeTheWorldGoRound, a reference to the song title:
She has since deleted the tweet, probably because the Internet dragged her so far across the social media landscape:
I don’t know, guys. Is Jennifer Lopez trying to criticize the Black Lives Matter protestors? Or is she in some sort of celebrity bubble, and didn’t realize the nuance of meaning behind sharing the phrase All Lives Matter while talking about victims of a gun violence? The political landscape may be getting too rocky for pop culture icons to navigate.