Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Allison Holker are using TikTok to share a poignant message.
Joined by their adorable son Maddox Laurel, the couple participated in a challenge on the app called “Check Your Privilege,” which prompts users to respond to a series of questions about their experiences. For each that applies to them, they must put a finger down.
The first asked if they had “ever been called a racial slur,” to which Stephen put a finger down. Next, the pair was asked if they had been “followed in a store unnecessarily,” or if they had experienced “someone crossing the street to avoid passing you.” At this point, only The Ellen DeGeneres Show emcee had fingers down, while Allison had all ten fingers still up.
The prompts continued, asking “if you’ve had someone clutch their purse in an elevator with you,” “if you’ve had someone step off of an elevator to keep from riding with you,” and, “if you’ve been accused of not being able to afford something expensive.” Once again, the So You Think You Can Dance alum put a finger down for each, while all of his wife’s remained up.
As they progressed through the challenge, Stephen also continued to put his fingers down, and at one point, he had no remaining fingers to finish responding to the questions. Allison’s. all stayed up until the final question, which was if they “ever had to teach your child how not to get killed by the police.” Holker responded by putting her first finger down.
The challenge concluded:
“Any fingers left? That’s privilege.”
Watch the powerful video in full (below):
Days earlier, Boss took to Instagram to share a just as poignant message about his heartbreak over Floyd’s death:
“Seriously, what’s it going to take to prove our lives are valuable. I didn’t even know how to approach this. I see and feel the anger on my timeline and I see it on the TV. But then what? Then what? Just a few weeks ago we were yelling about Ahmaud, then Breonna, now yet another King was murdered in broad daylight. In my post about Ahmaud I said we can’t become desensitized. We can’t leave this alone after the hashtags stop trending. These acts are products of a system that needs to be broken. To be infiltrated.”
“But it has to happen after the headlines calm down. This anger and drive is fuel but we have to work at shutting bulls**t like this down everyday! Holding people accountable. Even when you might be the only one to speak up. I don’t know where im going with this caption but im sick. Im sad. Rest in power to this King and love to his family for having to endure this. How many hashtags do our black bodies have to make trend before a shift happens.? How many?”
Thank you both for sharing such important messages on your platforms!
[Image via WENN/Avalon.]