Cher apologized for her ‘over-emotional’ tweet, saying she could have helped save George Floyd – and was derided as a ‘white savior’.
The music icon made the comment in a tweet posted to her 3.9 million followers on Friday as she watched the televised murder trial of Derek Chauvin – the former Minneapolis police officer charged with the murder of Floyd 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.
On Tuesday, she apologized for any violation.
Cher was mocked as a ‘white savior’ for saying she could have helped prevent George Floyd’s death
“These last days have been difficult, soul searching, painful,” she said.
‘My wording was wrong / inaccurate.
‘If I’m too emotional, I have to wait, walk away and then twt.
I felt grief and wish I could have helped George.
‘Sometimes you feel what you cannot explain in the blink of an eye.
“Sorry is all I have.”
The 74-year-old Turn Back Time singer was criticized for her initial tweet, with some accusing her of making a toneless comment that was offensive to those who took the stand to say how they tried to stop Floyd’s death.
“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.
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.
Cher’s tweets were mockingly compared to Kendall Jenner’s ill-advised Pepsi ad
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.
Chauvin, 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.
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.