‘Maybe if I had been there I could have helped’: Cher is derided as a ‘white savior’ for bizarre tweet claiming she could have PREVENTED George Floyd’s death during his arrest
- Cher tweeted Friday that she believes she could have “ helped ” George Floyd had she been present during his arrest in Minneapolis last May.
- Floyd died after police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes; Chauvin is now on trial for murder
- Cher was promptly cheated on her tweet, and many described it as tone-deaf and nonsensical
- Hundreds of others supported the singer, saying they supported her feelings and believed her heart was in the right place
Cher was derided 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 televised murder case against 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.
The Turn Back Time crooner, 74, was promptly slapped for her sentiment, with critics accusing her of making a toneless comment that was offensive to those who took the stand to say how they’d 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.
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