Bree Newsome, a filmmaker and musician, became much more than that this weekend.
On Saturday (Jun. 27), she made headlines by removing a Confederate flag outside of the South Carolina State House. Videos and photos of Newsome climbing the flag pole made the rounds on the web and many applauded her. And after she was arrested for "defacing a monument," #FreeBree began trending on Twitter.
"We removed the flag today because we can't wait any longer," Bree Newsome said in a statement to the media, according to the New York Times. "We can't continue like this another day. It's time for a new chapter where we are sincere about dismantling white supremacy and building toward true racial justice and equality."
Artists on the 2015 BET Awards red carpet spoke with MTV News about Newsome's bold act. Here's what they thought about it:
"That chick’s got some balls. But I try not to get really involved with that because some people really study that and really know the history and everything about it. I think those are the people that should mainly speak about it, not just the people who hear this and hear that. But I think, when a community is shaken up like that, things need to be addressed immediately."
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"She had to do what she had to do. She felt like it was right. So, whatever she felt like was right, she makes her own decision. I don’t want to make it seem like it’s no skin color problems. We all got different backgrounds and different fans and all that. So, she did what she had to do. She had to do her thing. We behind everything that’s positive."
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"I feel like [Bree Newsome] is a new hero, a new Joan of Arc. The painting, the pictures I’ve been seeing of her taking the flag down, I feel like someone should commemorate some kind of statue or painting or something to that. That’s a powerful moment, when someone wakes up in the morning and says, ‘I need to go do this.’ That shows you the urgency of what we’re doing.
Congratulations on the nation legalizing same-sex marriage, but we still have an amazing difference in citizen mandates. We have amazingly harsh drug sentencing laws. And we have a lot further to go. We have a youth we have to save."
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"My reaction was: ‘You go girl. Do your thing.’”
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"I just heard about this. My reaction is, 'Go girl for being brave and doing what you gotta do. Yes, you might get arrested, but sometimes, we all gotta get arrested for what we believe in.'"
Confederate flag debates intensified following the recent Charleston church shooting where nine people were killed.
Bree Newsome's takedown of the symbol caused other stars - including Nas and 2 Chainz - to also celebrate her on social media.
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