The Black Lives Matter movement is spreading rapidly across the U.S., and celebrities are using their platforms to promote awareness and education to white allies. We know Jacob Roloff, the most controversial member of the Roloff family from Little People, Big World, has been sharing fantastic resources with his followers. And Amy Roloff has also joined in with her own post in support of Black communities and against police brutality.
Now, it seems Matt Roloff is finally chiming in. After weeks of silence, Matt posted a generic post to social media that’s getting mixed reviews from fans. And he just clapped back at a follower who called him privileged.
Matt Roloff remained silent through a lot of the Black Lives Matter social media movements
Matt posted a photo of himself wearing a mask and a face shield on May 26, as he was heading off of Roloff Farms and down to Arizona with girlfriend Caryn Chandler. And that was Matt’s last post for nearly a month. In that timeframe, the Black Lives Matter movement picked up serious steam after the death of George Floyd. And even his girlfriend, Caryn Chandler, posted a black square to Instagram in solidarity for Blackout Tuesday.
While Chandler got some flack from fans for showing support to the movement, it still showed exactly where she stood. And while Amy also remained quiet for awhile, she posted a heartfelt message in solidarity with Black lives condemning police brutality.
“Yet, as I try to take time to listen, to read and be more informed and understand all this I realized this has been happening to the Black community for decades facing the injustice, the inequality, racist biases, everyday fear,” Amy captioned her Instagram post. “I won’t try to fully understand but I knew I had to check within my own self and heart. Can I make a difference? I don’t know how but I can try, even if it is in a small way.”
He added a vague Instagram post to show support
Now that the Roloffs and Chandler are all chiming in to support Black Lives Matter, it looks like Matt is attempting to do the same in his own way. On June 16, he posted a message to his Instagram that reads, “Practice gentleness, seek truth, give up anger, do not slander, and have compassion for all beings. Be gentle, modest, and useful to others.”
“We live in times of opportunity to do better,” he captioned the post. “I’m in!”
Matt’s post didn’t have a strict Black Lives Matter message to it, though. While it drew positive remarks from some fans, others didn’t think it was enough. And many remarked on Matt’s past treatment of Amy on the show.
“So, you would be a better person and instead of talking & laughing about Amy you will appreciate everything she did for many years and stop talking and criticizing how she is,” a fan commented.
“Maybe Amy could’ve used some of newfound theory when you treated her so badly, talked about her on the show,” another wrote.
Matt called a fan ‘cruel’ for saying he’s privileged
Matt’s no stranger to clapping back at critics and shutting down hurtful comments. And it looks like one comment from a fan really got to him. The follower wrote, “Careful Matt, your white privileged is showing.” And Matt told the follower living life as a little person wasn’t privileged at all.
“That’s probably the most uninformed thing you can say to another human of profound short stature. Little people are not ‘privileged’ (as in born privileged) regardless of their skin color,” Matt combated. He then noted that little people have to “fight for every inch they get.”
“What a cruel thing to say to someone who has fought hard to overcome all the adversity life has to offer,” Matt continued. “Shame on you!”
Those not privileged in some ways can certainly be privileged in others. But Matt is adamantly advocating for his stance against this follower — and fans are in support of his message.
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