Cher has apologized to her Twitter followers after sparking controversy over a recent tweet about George Floyd in the middle of a trial for his murder.
The singer took to Twitter after a recent tweet discussing the ongoing trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is accused of murdering Floyd when he knelt on his neck during an arrest in May 2020. viral and sparked national recognition of the breed throughout the world, particularly in the United States.
“I was talking to Mom and she said ‘I saw the trial of the cop who killed George Floyd and I cried,'” Cher wrote in a since deleted tweet. “I said ‘Mom, I know this is going to sound CRAZY, but … I kept thinking … Maybe if I had been there … I could have helped.”
The tweet sparked immediate debate with many sympathizing with the singer’s position, while others mocked her for acting as a “white savior” feeling that she could have helped the situation with her persistence.
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As the backlash raged, the star addressed the controversy in a follow-up tweet, noting that it bothered her that people said she couldn’t have an honest and emotional opinion on the trial.
“I struggled with this Twt, because I thought that some people would not understand, or believe that an entertainer could have honest emotions about a human being, suffering and dying, even if it is only shown on television. You don’t know what I have done, who I am or what I believe in. I CAN, HAVE AND I WILL … HELP ” she wrote.
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Hours later, however, the star returned to Twitter to issue an unequivocal apology to anyone in the black community who upset with his words. He said the apology came after talking to a friend about it.
“I just got off the phone with my friend Karen. I told her what happened and realized that you can make people angry and hurt if you don’t know everything that is ‘NOT appropriate’ to say. I know people apologize when they’re in a bind, BUT🤚🏼 TO GOD🙏🏼, I’M REALLY SORRY if I upset anyone in the Blk community. I know my❤️, ” she wrote.
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Cher appears to have been closely following the trial and tweeting her thoughts about it for the past week. In a tweet on March 31, 2021, the star praised witnesses who testified about what they saw during the more than 9 minutes that Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck.
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“Feel incredibly saddened by the brave people who stood their ground to bear witness and recount the murder of George Floyd for all the world to see.” she wrote on wednesday. “These were Americans who couldn’t / couldn’t get away from a fellow human being who had his last breath … crushed out of his body.”