A video showing Lauren Keyana “Keke” Palmer, 26, taken in Los Angeles, California, United States on July 2, 2020 has gone viral. It was not a shoot for a movie or a music video.
During a protest in Los Angeles, the actress and singer, who played Mercedes in the 2019 film “Hustlers,” discussed a statement released by U.S. president Donald Trump, 73, via Twitter on May 29, 2020. Her audience included California National Guard soldiers and protesters, who were armed with firearms and cellphones, respectively.
“Once the looting starts, the shooting starts?” Palmer asked while the soldiers and protesters were intently listening. “You have a president talking about the Second Amendment as a use for people to come out here and use firearms against the people that are protesting. This is the message that we’re seeing.”
“I don’t know if you (see it) on social media because the news don’t tell you everything but you have to pay attention to what’s going on or else, we have a president that’s trying to incite a race war and the borders are closed,” Palmer continued. “We can’t leave. You have people in here that need your help.”
“This is when you and y’all can stand together with the community, with society, to stop, to stop the governmental oppression, period,” the actress added. “We need you.”
One of the soldiers responded to Palmer. He said, “I agree with you.”
“So then march with us,” Palmer asked the soldier. “March beside us. Get your people. March beside us. March beside us.”
“Let the revolution be televised,” Palmer continued. “March beside us and show us that you’re here for us. Let’s just do it. We start marching and you march with us, please.”
The crowd joined Palmer in her request. They repeatedly chanted, “March with us!”
One of the soldiers explained that if he leaves his post, he would violate orders to control the intersection the protesters are marching on. He offered to march down the block through the next intersection.
“Control?” Palmer asked the soldier. “What is there to control, man? March with us. It will send, it will send a huge message. Just march with us. March the whole round with us. March, you and your men, ya’ll protect us. Protect us. Y’all march with us. March around like we just did. Do that march with us. Y’all stand beside us.”
However, the soldier said he had to stay to protect the businesses in the area so Palmer gave up. Another woman in the crowd asked the soldier to take a knee.
The soldier complied along with his colleagues, which the crowd applauded. Watch the encounter here: