A truck carrying roughly 34,000 bottles of water donated by Cher and Icelandic Glacial is expected to arrive in Flint on Wednesday morning.
It’s a concrete example of the growing celebrity concern over the Michigan city’s lead-contaminated water – a star-studded and frequently angry movement that’s being fueled by social media.
Cher revealed over the weekend that she’s donating about 180,000 bottles of water to Flint residents in partnership with Icelandic Glacial Water.
The first shipment is supposed to arrive at 8 a.m. at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. Kristjan Olafsson, co-founder of Icelandic Glacial Water, is scheduled to appear at a press conference.
Cher has used her Twitter account to talk about the Flint crisis and criticize Gov. Rick Snyder for the situation. In her outspoken, emoji-dotted tweets, she has used angry rhetoric to bash Snyder and hashtags mentioning jail and firing squads.
Over the weekend, her focus shifted to calling on other performers to help the beleaguered city.
MAYBE FELLOW ARTISTS WILL HELP FLINT,IN ANYWAY THEY CHOOSE.BIG💰SMALL🙏🏻
PPL IN”SHOWBIZ”R NOTORIOUSLY GENEROUS& TRULY CARE ABOUT THOSE IN NEED
— Cher (@cher) January 17, 2016
She is one of many voices from the entertainment industry speaking up about the crisis of Flint’s drinking water, which became contaminated with lead after the city switched in 2014 from Lake Huron water treated by Detroit to more corrosive water from the Flint River.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, who put Flint’s economic problems on the map with 1989’s “Roger and Me,” led a rally in Flint on Saturday and accused government leaders of intentionally poisoning thousands of people.
“This is not a mistake,” said Moore, whose latest film, “Where To Invade Next,” is coming to metro Detroit in February.
Mark Ruffalo, who’s nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for “Spotlight,” called for President Obama to come to Flint via Twitter on Tuesday. He also slammed Snyder in a previous tweet.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 17, 2016
Rapper Young Jeezy weighed in Tuesday with a tweet that put Flint’s lack of safe water ahead of the Oscars’ lack of diversity.
Why we worried about the Oscars? We need to be worried about what’s going on in Flint and Chicago. Mlk didn’t die for shows and trophies.
— Young Jeezy (@Jeezy) January 19, 2016
And hip-hop star Meek Mill and Detrot’s Big Sean both mentioned Flint in recent social media posts.
When a tweet from Raspy Rawls, whose website identifies him as a Louisiana activist/musician, asked Mills and 50 Cent to pause from their latest feuding to address Flint’s troubles, Mill responded with an Instagram post that said he had $50,000 to donate toward water. It also challenged 50 Cent to match the amount.
This is not a natural disaster, this is not a mistake, this is clearly some real dirty work going on! unacceptable! Explain Governor? #Flint
— Sean Don (@BigSean) January 19, 2016
Flint native Sandra Bernhard, a veteran comic actress, has been a frequent tweeter on her hometown’s water problems. She posted Monday about the attention it’s been getting in the press.
— Sandra Bernhard (@SandraBernhard) January 18, 2016
Another very funny comedian, Jim Gaffigan of FX’s “Jim Gaffigan Show,” had a serious message agreeing with calls for President Obama to visit Flint.
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) January 17, 2016
And basketball legend Earvin (Magic) Johnson, who’s from Lansing and is a Michigan State alum, used Twitter to express his solidarity with the nearby city – and his disbelief of a news story that hits close to home.
As you all know, I’m from Lansing, MI, which is down the street from Flint and I can’t believe that this is happening in my home state.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 19, 2016