Singer Cher apologized on Saturday after she was criticized for suggesting on Twitter she might have prevented George Floyd’s dying if she was there.
Floyd, a Black man, died in police custody final yr. Video confirmed former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who’s white and at present on trial for the dying of Floyd, kneeling on Floyd’s neck for about 9 minutes whereas he was handcuffed and repeatedly saying, “I can not breathe.”
On Friday night, the 74-year-old singer and actress stated in a since-deleted tweet: “Was speaking with Mother & She Mentioned ‘I Watched Trial Of Policeman Who Killed George Floyd, & Cried’. I Mentioned ‘Mother, I Know This Is Gonna Sound CRAZY, However.. I Saved Considering …..Possibly If I might Been There,…I May’ve Helped.”
The tweet drew on-line criticism accusing the pop star of getting a “white savior complicated” and probably behaving in a self-serving means that does little to deal with systemic points like racism.
“@Cher I say this with respect: White savior complicated. Cease,” one Twitter person wrote.
One other Twitter person wrote: “We as white girls simply must be cautious that we don’t make ourselves the star of the story. I’m certain you didn’t intend that, however it might probably come throughout that means.”
Cher initially doubled down on her stance following the criticism, telling followers: “You Don’t Know What I’ve Achieved,Who I Am,Or What I Imagine.I CAN,I HAVE,& I WILL..HELP.”
However, she stated on Saturday, after talking along with her pal, “Karen,” she realized: “You Can Piss Ppl Off,& Harm Them By Not Figuring out All the things That’s’NOT Applicable’To Say.”
“IM TRULY SORRY If I Upset AnyOne In Blk Group,” she stated on Twitter.
The apology got here amid the second week of testimony within the trial of Chauvin, who was charged with third-degree homicide, second-degree manslaughter, and second-degree homicide within the dying of Floyd.
Floyd’s dying sparked nationwide protests towards systemic racism and renewed calls to finish police brutality and racial inequities.