Cher has apologized for her ‘over-emotional’ tweet, in which she said she could have helped save George Floyd – and was mocked as a ‘white savior’.
The music icon made the remark in a tweet posted to her 3.9 million followers Friday as she watched the televised murder trial of Derek Chauvin – the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing Floyd last May.
‘Was talking With Mom & She Said ‘I Watched Trial Of Policeman Who Killed George Floyd,& Cried’.
‘I Said ‘Mom,I Know This Is Gonna Sound CRAZY, But.. I Kept Thinking …..Maybe If I’d Been There,…I Could’ve Helped,’ Cher tweeted.
On Tuesday, she apologized for any offense.
Cher has been mocked as a ‘white savior’ for saying she could have helped prevent the death of George Floyd
‘These last days have been Hard,Soul Searching, Painful Ones,’ she said.
‘My Wording Was Wrong/Imprecise.
‘When I’m Over-emotional I Should Wait,Walk Away, Then Twt.
‘I Felt Sorrow,& Did Wish I Could have Helped George.
‘Sometimes you can feel what you can’t Explain in a twt.
‘Sorry is All I Have.’
The Turn Back Time singer, 74, was criticized for her initial tweet, with some accusing her of making a tone-dead remark that was insulting to those who had taken the stand to say how they had tried to stop Floyd’s death from occurring.
‘I love my Cher but oof. That was a little too white savior complex for me. I know she means well and probably doesn’t understand but..honey…no,’ one wrote.
The music icon made the remark in a tweet posted to her 3.9 million followers Friday as she watched the televised murder trial of Derek Chauvin
Another raged: ‘This is significantly underplaying what witnesses who testified TRIED to do to stop his death. There have been MULTIPLE testimonies of everyone from a firefighter to an MMA fighter to a senior man who attempted to diffuse the situation. Singing songs doesn’t erase racism, Cher.’
Others appeared amused by Cher’s sentiment, with one comparing it to Kendall Jenner’s infamous 2017 Pepsi add in which she helped quash tensions between police and protesters by handing an officer a can of Pepsi.
Another quipped: ‘If only Cher could turn back time!’
However, there were dozens of others who defended the singer, saying her heart was in the right place.
‘Y’all need to stop. Cher is an ally. She feels what decent people feel, I wish I could’ve saved #GeorgeFloyd. Can we not blur the line in the sand, please?’ one fan pleaded.
Cher’s tweets were mockingly compared to Kendall Jenner’s ill-advised Pepsi advert
Another concurred, stating: ‘It’s crazy how many misunderstood Cher’s tweet. She’s not talking about being a celeb or savior – but the helplessness we all feel repeatedly watching Mr. Floyd suffer & die. We want to reach through the TV screen. We want to go back in time. We want to save him. ‘If only …”
A third person chimed in stating: ‘I think she is trying to express sadness but it came off the wrong way.’
Cher has not responded the controversy, and her tweet has not been deleted.
The Moonstruck actress has made multiple headlines in recent years due to her Twitter presence.
She frequently used the platform to hit out President Trump, tweeting that he was a ‘cheap thug’, ‘a troll’ and comparing him to Hitler.
Floyd died after police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. Chauvin is now on trial for murder
There were dozens of people who defended Cher, saying her heart was in the right place
Chauvin, 45, is accused of killing a handcuffed Floyd last May by pinning his knee on the 46-year-old black man´s neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds, as he lay face down.
Floyd had been accused of passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a neighborhood market.
Chauvin, who was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department in the wake of Floyd’s death, is charged on three counts in connection with Floyd’s death: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Throughout the trial Chauvin has sat silent and expressionless next to his lawyer, taking copious notes on the evidence presented.
If convicted on the most serious count, Chauvin faces a possible 40 years in prison.
If found guilty of manslaughter he faces a maximum penalty of ten years though he could be free within five.
Much hangs on the outcome of this trial – not least the likely fates of Thomas Lane, 38; J Alexander Keung, 27; and Tou Thao, 35; who are the three officers currently awaiting trial for aiding and abetting in Floyd’s death.