Cher has addressed her controversial tweet theorizing she might have “ been able to help ” George Floyd had she been there during his arrest.
The Turn Back Time crooner, 74, was slapped for the tweet on Friday, with critics accusing her of making a tone-deaf comment that was offensive to those who took the stand to say how they’d tried to stop Floyd’s death . .
On Saturday, she posted a statement responding to the furor, writing, ‘IM REALLY SORRY if I upset anyone in the Blk community.’
Repentance: Cher has addressed her controversial tweet theorizing she might have ‘been able to help’ George Floyd had she been there during his arrest
After the uproar over her original George Floyd tweet, Cher wrote on the social media platform this Saturday, “ Struggled with this twt because I thought some person wouldn’t understand, or believe an entertainer could have genuine emotions about it. a Human, Suffering & Dying, even if it is only shown on TV. ‘
She insisted, ‘You don’t know what I’ve done, who I am or what I believe. I CAN, I HAVE AND I WILL … HELP. ‘
About two hours later she followed up on her apologetic tweet in which she wrote, ‘I just got off the phone with boyfriend Karen.
Told her what happened, and realized you can piss Ppl and hurt them by not knowing everything that is “NOT appropriate” to say. I know Ppl apologizes if they are in trouble, BUT [hand] To god [praying hands], IM REALLY SORRY if I upset anyone in the Blk community. I know my [heart]
‘I know my [Heart]’: On Saturday, she posted a statement responding to the furor, writing,’ IM TRULY SORRY If I Upset AnyOne In Blk Community ‘
The music icon made her original comment in a tweet posted to her 3.9 million followers on Friday as she watched the televised murder trial of Derek Chauvin – the agent charged with the murder of Floyd in Minneapolis last May.
‘I spoke to Mum and she said,’ I watched a trial against police officer who murdered George Floyd and cried ‘. I said “Mom, I know this is going to sound crazy, but … I just kept thinking … maybe if I’d been there … I could have helped,” Cher tweeted.
“I love my Cher, but oof. That was a bit too white lifeguard complex for me. I know she means well and probably doesn’t understand, but … honey … no, ‘someone wrote.
Cher was mocked as a ‘white savior’ for saying she could have helped prevent George Floyd’s death
The music icon made the comment in a tweet posted to her 3.9 million followers on Friday as she watched the Derek Chauvin murder trial on television.
Another raged: ‘This is a significant underexposure of what witnesses who testified are doing to stop his death. There are MULTIPLE testimonials from everyone from a firefighter to an MMA fighter to a senior man trying to spread the situation. Singing songs doesn’t matter, Cher. ‘
Others seemed amused by Cher’s sentiment, comparing Kendall Jenner’s infamous 2017 Pepsi ad, in which she helped ease tensions between police and protesters by handing an officer a can of Pepsi.
Another joked, “If only Cher could turn back time!”
However, dozens of others defended the singer and said her heart was in the right place.
‘You all have to stop. Cher is an ally. She feels what decent people feel, I wish I could have saved #GeorgeFloyd. Can’t we please blur the line in the sand? one fan pleaded.
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Another agreed, saying, “It’s crazy how many people have misunderstood Cher’s tweet. She’s not talking about being a celebrity or a savior – but the helplessness we all feel repeatedly when we watch Mr. Floyd suffer and die. We want to reach through the TV screen. We want to go back in time. We want to save him. ‘If only it …’ ‘
A third person agreed, saying, “I think she’s trying to express grief, but it came from the wrong side.”
Cher has not commented on the controversy and her tweet has not been deleted.
The Moonstruck actress has made multiple headlines in recent years due to her presence on Twitter.
She often used the platform to take out President Trump, tweeted that he was a ‘cheap criminal’, ‘a troll’ and compared him to Hitler.
Floyd died after police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Chauvin is now on trial for murder
Dozens of people defended Cher saying her heart was in the right place
Chauvin, 45, is accused of killing a handcuffed Floyd last May by pressing his knee into the 46-year-old black man’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds while lying face down.
Floyd was accused of passing a counterfeit $ 20 bill at a neighborhood market.
The 45-year-old, who was fired by Minneapolis police in the aftermath of Floyd’s death, is charged with three cases related to Floyd’s death: second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. second degree.
During the trial, Chauvin sat silently and expressionlessly next to his attorney and made extensive notes on the evidence presented.
If convicted of the most severe sentence, Chauvin could face 40 years in prison. If found guilty of manslaughter, he can face a maximum sentence of ten years, although he can be released within five years.
Much depends on the outcome of this trial – not least the likely fate of Thomas Lane, 38; J Alexander Keung, 27; and Tou Thao, 35; who are the three officers currently awaiting trial for complicity in Floyd’s death.