News that businessman and music mogul Jay Z and his wife Beyoncé wired money to bail out arrested Baltimore and Ferguson protestors was greeted with applause by many as the artists stepped up their support for the Black Lives Matters movement.
The Baltimore protests were in response to the death of Freddie Gray who died in police custody, leading Maryland prosecutor Marilyn Mosby to indict six Baltimore police officers for actions leading to his death.
In a recent performance, which was uploaded to YouTube (see below), Jay Z addressed the deaths of Freddie Gray, Ferguson’s Michael Brown, and Trayvon Martin who was killed by George Zimmerman
However, with every positive reaction comes a negative reaction as Twitter trolls trashed the couple for their support of protesters, calling them “thugs” and “anti-white.”
“#JayZ & #Beyonce are the trash we thought they were, bailing out #antiWhite #THUGS in #baltimoreriot.#tcot #ccot #p2,” wrote @DanielGenseric, whose Twitter page bio claims he is fighting “#whitegenocide.”
“Thug” was a reoccurring theme for many Twitter users critical of the couple.
“Aww, that’s adorable how he’s springing the thugs…Jay Z quietly posting bail4 protestrs,” wrote @Kimba212Jupiter.
Responding to a Drudge Report link to the story, self-described “Christian Conservative” @DebraAnnGW Tweeted, “How pathetic. I wonder if police will have 2nd thoughts about protecting them knowing they promoted violence against cops.”
A sampling below:
Are Jay Z and Beyoncé going to bail out the guy that killed @ChinxMusic since they like to bail thugs out so much?
— California Crazy! (@tcotonleftcoast) May 18, 2015
— Michael Lima (@lbean1967) May 18, 2015
— Anna Teresa Arnold (@HomerWhite) May 18, 2015
http://t.co/xFozligptG: Thug solidarity: Jay-Z and Beyonce bailed out baltimore protesters (though obviously not the looted business owner…
— CoonTownReddit (@CoonTownReddit) May 18, 2015
— Gary GREENHILL (@GaryGREENHILL) May 18, 2015
Jay-Z and Beyoncé Posting Bail for Anti-Police Protesters http://t.co/EiESuQisgM
— Fox Nation (@foxnation) May 18, 2015
— Enforce The Laws (@SarcastiCat) May 18, 2015
— Patriot News II Feed (@patriotnews432) May 18, 2015
— Elected Mob (@ElectedMob) May 18, 2015