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Celebs Speak Out on Baltimore Protests

See what people like Beyonce, MC Hammer, and Jada Pinkett Smith had to say

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Jessica Roy

In the past week, celebs have been speaking out in interviews and on social media about the protests in Baltimore.

On Friday, Freddie Gray's death was officially ruled a homicide. Starting at his funeral this week, protesters came out in the thousands to protest the alleged police brutality that lead to his death.

Freddie Gray's death ruled a homicide, officers to face charges

John Legend tweeted a link to Te-Nahisis Coates' piece for The Atlantic about violence as a political statement:

Beyonce posted about the protests on Instagram:

Kelly Rowland posted a photo of a protester surrendering and said she was praying for the city:

And MC Hammer thanked Maryland state attorney Marilyn Mosby for her work bringing Gray's killers to justice.

On Instagram, Ice Cube also drew a comparison between the generations of protesters in the city:

But not all celebrities were supportive of the protesters. In a now-deleted tweet, Carson Daly wrote, "Really sucks to see these lawless looters ruining the great city of @Baltimore. This isn't protest, this is a violent attack on your OWN city."

Of course, the Internet is forever, and people got screenshots of the tweet before he removed it.

Judah Friedlander (of 30 Rock fame) called the protests "riots" and criticized the police and the president for not doing more to stop it.

Other celebs were a bit more balanced, asking protesters to end the violence while still demanding justice for Freddie Gray.

Jada Pinkett Smith put an impassioned plea on Facebook.

Cedric the Entertainer conceded that change was necessary, but said the protests weren't the right way to do it.

Rapper Freddie Gibbs urged people to stay safe.

And many, many people just offered their prayers and thoughts for the city.