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Nickelodeon Went Off The Air for George Floyd and Black Lives Matter Movement

On May 26th, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinned his knee on Floyd’s neck.

After the disturbing footage of Floyd’s death circulated came outrage against the injustices displayed on (and off) in the video as well as an overwhelming amount of support for the Black Lives Matter Movement and solidarity for George Floyd and other victims of police brutality.

Even, Television Networks, such as Nickelodeon, showed their support.

On June 1st, 2020, Nickelodeon took to social media to announce that the television network would go off the air for 8 minutes and 46 seconds “in support of Justice, Equality, and Human Rights”

The eight minutes and 46 seconds is symbolic, as it was the same amount of time Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck.

As promised, Nickelodeon went off the air for eight minutes and forty-six seconds along with breathing sounds and the words “I can’t breathe”, which references the last words Floyd said before his death, displayed.

The full public service announcement that aired on Nickelodeon, as well as other Viacom networks, can be viewed below in its entirety:

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