“I love you dear, but your white savior complex is showing.”
UPDATED AT 12:32 PM PST ON APRIL 3, 2021
Cher offered a follow-up post after she was criticized for suggesting in a tweet that she might have helped George Floyd during his tragic death.
“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, I HAVE, AND I … WILL HELP “, published the singer.
ORIGINAL STORY AT 8:59 AM PST ON APRIL 3, 2021
Cher received backlash on social media after suggesting that she might have helped George Floyd if she had only been at the scene of his death in Minneapolis last May.
Taking to her Twitter on Friday night, the 74-year-old legendary singer made the statement after discussing Derek Chauvin’s trial with her mother Georgia Holt.
“I was talking to Mom and she said ‘I saw the trial of the cop who killed George Floyd and I cried. I said,’ Mom, I know this is going to sound crazy, but … I kept thinking … there, … could have helped. “
Cher added a sad emoji face to the tweet.
Soon after, followers took to their own Twitter to mock and reprimand the singer for the tweet they labeled deaf, among other things.
“Um … Cher, I think you’re cool and all, but this is not so. George Floyd’s murder is not about you,” wrote one commenter, while another shared, “I love you, cher, but your savior. complex white is displayed “.
Another claimed that Cher’s tweet undermined people who actually saw the tragedy unfold and tried to help Floyd.
“This significantly minimizes what the witnesses who testified TRYED to do to stop his death. There have been MULTIPLE testimonies from everyone from a firefighter to an MMA fighter to a high-ranking man who tried to blur the situation. Singing songs does not erase racism. , Cher “.
But others appreciated Cher’s sentiment and defended it.
“Why is anyone mad at Cher? Most of the people who saw him think or hope they could help. That’s why many of the witnesses cry on the stand. If Cher uses her celebrity to help, thank you.”
Another fan posted: “Is everyone teasing Cher for tweeting that she wishes she was there for George Floyd? Really ?! She is not saying she is a superhero like in her funny memes, it is about feelings of devastation and outrage I wish I could have helped George Floyd, like any of us. “
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