Cher issued another apology for her recent controversial tweet about the murder of George Floyd after an “examination of conscience.”
The “Turn Back Time” singer has been under fire for several days after sharing a tweet about the ongoing trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is accused of murdering Floyd when he knelt on his neck during a arrest in May 2020. Cher was accused of acting as a “white savior” by stating that she felt she could have stopped the death if she had been there at the time of the incident.
Although she previously apologized for the tweet, the star took to Twitter on Tuesday to note once again how sorry she is for her comment and vowed to do better with her social media presence in the future.
“These last few days have been difficult, soul searching, painful. My wording was incorrect / imprecise”, she wrote. “When I’m too emotional I should wait, walk away, then twt.”
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Cher continued, “I felt sad and I wish I could have helped George. Sometimes you can feel what you can’t explain at once. Sorry is all I have.”
In her original tweet, since deleted, Cher wrote that she was talking to her mother about the trial.
“I was talking to Mom and she said ‘I saw the trial of the cop who killed George Floyd and I cried,'” it read. “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.”
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.
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“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 do not know what I have done, who I am or what I believe. I CAN, HAVE, AND WILL … HELP ” she wrote.
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 on 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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“Be incredibly saddened by the brave people who stood their ground to bear witness and chronicle George Floyd’s murder 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.”