Supercouple Beyonce and Jay Z certainly haven’t been silent about their feelings on the Trayvon Martin tragedy before now, as both have paid tribute to the slain teen in separate concerts this week. But on Saturday, “two of the baddest artists of all time” — as rally organizer Rev. Al Sharpton called them — let their mere presence do the talking, showing up at a demonstration against Stand Your Ground laws in downtown Manhattan and chatting with Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton.
“Jay Z and Beyonce said they didn’t want to speak and they didn’t come for a photo op,” Sharpton told demonstrators. “Jay Z told me, ‘I’m a father. Beyonce is a mother.’ We all feel the pain and apprehension. The laws must protect everybody, or it doesn’t protect anybody.”
The pair joined the proceedings when demonstrators reached New York City police headquarters, in one of dozens of protests scheduled across the country to speak out against the Florida self-defense law that allowed George Zimmerman to go free. But prior to this quiet moment, the two stars haven’t let just silence speak volumes.