“Have a great day everyone,” says David Lynch, signing off his daily weather report, which he recently returned to after a 10 year hiatus. That’s not where today’s broadcast ends, however.
Instead, the June 3 video shows the Blue Velvet filmmaker stand up and leave his chair to reveal the sign behind him, which bears the words: “Black Lives Matter”, “Peace”, “Justice”, and “No Fear”. The sign remains alone onscreen like this for over half of the video, to a backdrop of birdsong and the sounds of Lynch’s studio.
Yesterday, Lynch also uploaded a weather report in which he was completely silent and absent from the frame.
The message of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement comes during a week of massive protests in Los Angeles – where Lynch’s home and studio are based – as well as in all 50 states in the US, following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis May 25.
During the protests, Black Lives Matter activists have also called attention to the fatal shootings of Tony McDade and Breonna Taylor by police officers in recent months, as well as the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. The original demonstrations began in Minneapolis, and have since spread to cities across America, and across the globe.
Watch David Lynch’s show of support in the video below.