Music legend Cher, 74, has sent out an apology for a tweet she posted in regards to the death of George Floyd, insinuating that she could have potentially save his life if she had of been there. While her intentions were good, the singer came under fire as people accused her of having a “white saviour complex” and “not helping” the cause.
Floyd, an unarmed black man, died on 25 May 2020 after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for over nine minutes in the middle of the street during his arrest, while his colleagues prevented bystanders from intervening.
He had been detained for allegedly using a counterfeit bill.
Chauvin is currently on trial for second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Floyd’s death sparked worldwide protests against racism, police brutality and their lack of accountability, with people coming together to show unity against discrimination.
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In a now-deleted-tweet, Cher came under fire on Friday night after expressing the belief that her intervention could have helped Floyd.
The singer and actress told her 3.9 million Twitter followers in a since-deleted post: “Was talking with Mom & She Said ‘I Watched Trial Of Policeman Who Killed George Floyd, & Cried’.
“I Said ‘Mom, I Know This Is Gonna Sound CRAZY, But.. I Kept Thinking …..Maybe If I’d Been There,… I Could’ve Helped.”
The tweet soon led to widespread backlash, with users explaining to the pop star that she appeared to be behaving in a “self-serving” way that won’t help to tackle systemic issues in the long run and tried to make her see why she had caused offence.
Several of her fans tried to make her see exactly why others were angry, with one writing: “Cher, I love u, but it wasn’t just some people who didn’t understand. It was thousands of people who saw something wrong with what you said. No one is arguing the intention wasn’t good, but maybe you should try to see why it was problematic? Even if your [heart] was in the right place.”
Another messaged her to say: “We as white women just need to be careful that we don’t make ourselves the star of the story. I’m sure you didn’t intend that, but it can come across that way.”
Realising how her words may have come across wrong after chatting to a pal, she posted a follow up tweet apologising.
“I Just got off phone With Friend Karen. Told her what Happened, & Realized, You Can Piss Ppl Off, & Hurt Them By Not Knowing Everything That’s ‘NOT Appropriate’ To Say.